Flat roofs have gained significant popularity throughout the last few years as new homes and commercial buildings are being designed and built.
This type of roof gives homes a modern look with its sleek lines and sharp corners. As always, with a newer design, there are still plenty of questions to be answered about these horizontal roofs. We'll explore many of the questions that we’re often asked about a flat roof, such as durability, what type of maintenance they require, and costs.
Considerations for Flat Roofs
- Construction and Cost - Constructing a roof that's flat is relatively straightforward for many roofers. It means that when you're building a home, the roofing can be done much more efficiently when compared to other roofing options. Costs are also kept low due to the low amount of materials needed to create a flat roof. While many associate this style of roof with luxury, Improve Net's online calculator proves that a flat roof is more affordable than pitched roofs in many cases.
- Durability - Many roofing professionals will tell you that when you're looking for a durable roof, a flat roof is the best way to go. Concerns are often brought up that water and snow will remain on top of the roof and eventually leak or leave water stains. With flat roofing, there’s little risk for that, since flat roofs aren't 100% flat. Construction Tuts reports that roofers build a flat roof with "...a slight slope to provide some drainage. Normally a slope of ¼ inch per foot is used." This slight slope gives the look and appeal of a completely flat roof without ever having to worry about water damage.
- Repairs - If there are any problems with your flat roof and damages, repairs are not only possible but are also reasonably inexpensive. In some cases, you can even make the fix yourself. If you are interested in learning more about how you can fix a flat roof, check out our easy step-by-step guide. However, if you’re not comfortable with DIY repairs, you can count on The Roof Doctor to fix any of your roof problems in a timely manner.
- Cleaning and Maintenance - When it comes to cleaning the roof, you'll notice that while frequent cleaning is necessary, it's much more manageable with a flat roof. Thanks to the flatness of the rooftop, all points are more accessible for deep cleaning. As with all roofs, you want to remove any algae, mold, and excess debris to prevent unnecessary buildup. Pressure washing the roof is an easy and highly recommended way to maintain your flat roof.
Call The Roof Doctor
When you're ready to plan and install your new flat roof, The Roof Doctor is prepared to talk. With years of experience in installing flat roofs, our licensed roofing specialists have the knowledge to help you make the best roofing decision for your home. Serving Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah County and their surrounding areas, we're eager to give Utah homeowners the roof of their dreams. Contact us today for a free estimate!