Welcome back to the Orlando Group blog! We have reached our final blog in our series about the pros and cons of each type of roof that we provide. If you would like to see the rest, go here. Our blog will continually be updated in the coming months with more information about roofing, so bookmark our blog page so you can see more local tips every month from your local roofers in Dallas.
For our final one, we will be taking a look at flat roofing, the materials that you can use for it, and what would make it a good choice for you. It is important to note that these can only be used for specific houses that were designed with it in mind. If your house was built without a flat roof area, then it may not be worth the extra cost that you will incur to redo the structure of the roof, but if you absolutely love the look of it, then you definitely can. Without further ado, here is our pros and cons list of Flat Roofs.
Types Of Material
There is a wide variety of materials that can be used to make the roof the way that you want.
- Single Ply- Makes repairs simple, is lightweight, and will only begin to leak if you have an extreme rip or tear in the material.
- Built Up Roofing (BUR) – Offers great protection against weather, is easy to remove layers if need be, and is low maintenance.
- Modified Bituman Roofing (MBR) – Can be recycled if you decide you need a replacement, is extremely durable, is simple to install, saving money on labor costs.
These are the three main types of flat roofing, and each can be made from different materials within those categories. Depending on the material, getting a flat roof will allow you to pick and choose what you want out of your roof. This is great because you will not have to worry about having a small number of options when it comes to your roofing.
Having a flat roof opens up both the inside and outside of your home to have a lot more space. On the inside, it will allow whatever room is directly below it to have more wall space and higher ceilings, which will allow for more storage and a room without angled walls. A flat roof will allow you to build the space that you want rather than having to fight against the sharp angles that may impede what you want to do with it. The roof itself can then be used to house things like air conditioning units and other ventilation that your house may need. It will eliminate the need to figure out other places for these items to go, freeing up more space around the home.
Have you ever known that you need to clean your gutters, but the sloped roof has stopped you from doing so because you are worried you might slip and fall? With a flat roof, you will never need to worry about that again. It allows you to have a much easier time when trying to clean the higher areas of your house because there is such a minor slope. No more worrying about injury.
With a flat roof, it can be hard to drain. While there is a minor slope of about a quarter of an inch, it still doesn’t allow for as much drainage as a normal sloped roof would allow. This can cause a lot of extra weight to be put on the roof itself and potentially cause leaks.
Flat roofs withstand a lot of extra damage because they are not sloped in a way that allows hail or rain to hit it at an angle. That means it is taking the full brunt of any impact that may occur. While a dent or rip may be easy to repair, it will still cause you to have to fully replace the roof every 10-15 years.
Here in Dallas, we can often have really warm summers. The flat roof takes a lot more heat because its entire surface area is exposed to the sun the entire day. This means that your air conditioning costs will rise quite a bit during the summertime.
Thank you for joining us for our final blog on roofing types! We hope that you have enjoyed this series and that it has helped you decide which roofing type is best for you. If you would like a quote for anything that you saw in these, contact us today!