Flat roofs can be an excellent way to save on costs for your re-roofing or construction project. With a variety of materials and styles of roofs, there are many benefits to working with a flat roof. If you are considering installing one on your property it is essential to know the advantages and disadvantages of using this method.
What are the benefits of flat roofing?
The number one advantage of a flat roof is the cost saving element. They are extremely affordable both in the installation and upkeep. They are quick and simple to install and it is likely that it will need fewer repairs over the years, as it is durable. It is an excellent way to make use of space too; you can put air conditioning units, solar panels, and satellites on it! It is also a possibility that you could design a ‘living roof’, planting a garden or creating an outdoor lounge space. The possibilities are endless!
Drawbacks of flat roofs
The bigger a flat roof is, the less stable it is. If you are looking for a large surface area it is a good idea to discuss with experts if this is a safe option for you. There are several options in terms of materials that you can choose from but generally the life span of these are only around 10-15 years. This is much less than with other materials, for example slate roofing can last up to 100years! There are added issues you need to consider on a flat roof. Drainage and waterproofing are key, so it will need to have mechanisms in place to ensure efficient run off of water.
Types of Flat Roofs
There are several types of flat roofs that you can choose from. Remember that we have to bear in mind the kind of weather conditions that your home is in (we need to prepare for a lot of rain!). Using methods known as liquid systems, we can protect you from any future roof defects. Inverted warm deck is a method that is also known as ‘upside down roof’. The waterproofing layer is placed beneath thermal insulation to enable condensation to evaporate when the room warms up. Cool deck works by leaving a gap between the roof deck and the top of the insulation. This allows cool air to enter, and the rooms air to circulate. This technique removes the need for insulation above the ceiling. Both options are excellent ways to protect your new roof, and our team will be happy to discuss them with you.
There are many materials that we can use for your flat roofing needs, not only the roofing material but decisions need to be made around flashing, cornices and sofits. We can also boost your waterproofing by using liquid plastic. Our friendly team will be able to inform you of your options, make their recommendations, and assist you in your decision making. We know that this can feel a little overwhelming so will be here to help you make your choices!