November 2, 2022
When people think of roofs, they typically think of peaked A-frame style roofs – but for many properties, flat roofing may be the better option. Professional flat roofing services can install functional roofs which are cheaper than typical peaked roofs, and require very little maintenance. However, flat roofs do have their own individual pros and cons which may affect the decision.
Should you hire flat roofing services for your roof? Here are a few things to consider.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Flat Roofs
First, just to be clear: flat roofs aren’t 100% flat. They do still need a bit of slope so that water can run off the sides. Still, they are flat enough to walk on without trouble.
The biggest advantage to flat roofs is that they are cheaper than most other types of roofs, and quicker to install as well. There’s no need to build up the A-frame or other peak to the roof; builders can pretty much just slap the roof on top of the existing structure with little other construction needed. This can cut a lot of time off of construction or re-roofing costs, which translates to much lower costs as well.
Another reason to consider a flat roof is that there are various ways to make use of it, depending on your property and your needs. Since it’s effectively a flat surface, it’s usable space. Many owners may choose to put solar panels up there, for example. It could also be a recreational space for workers. Or residential properties such as apartments might give residents access to create small gardens. (Just keep an eye on the overall weight!)
On top of that, flat roofs are fairly cheap to maintain, and they’re much harder to damage than traditional roofs.
The biggest downside is that flat roofs aren’t particularly attractive. That’s why you rarely see them on houses, even though it’s entirely possible. However, many businesses – especially retail operations – aren’t as concerned about aesthetics, making flat roofs an easy choice.
Finally, while maintenance costs are low overall, you will need to watch out for pooling water. If the roof slope shifts or the surface becomes warped, there could be leaking issues.
Is a flat roof right for you? Advanced Roofing Solutions offers top-quality flat roofing services across the Fayetteville area. Contact us to discuss your situation and receive a free cost estimate on the work.