Flat roofs are not entirely flat; in fact, they typically have a slight slope of about ten degrees in order to be able to drain water and snow. Flat roofs are made of materials and substances like asphalt built-up roof (BUR) synthetic rubber, thermoplastic polyolefin, and more. These sloped or flat roofs are more common in North America due to their benefits. Some of their features include:
- More affordable than other types of roofing
- Easy to inspect and clean
- Can be used as a terrace garden or extra outdoor space
- Second floors can be built if you already have a flat roof
- Add value and beauty to your home
A typical flat roof has a lifespan of between 15 and 20 years. However, this can vary depending on the materials used, the climate, and the level of maintenance. For example, a flat roof made of asphalt will last longer in a cool, dry climate than one made of metal in a hot, humid climate. Furthermore, a well-maintained roof will usually last longer than one that is not regularly inspected and repaired. Ultimately, the best way to determine how long your flat roof will last is to consult with Waddle Exteriors.
There are however a few disadvantages to flat roofing. For instance, they are not as durable and don’t last as long. There is constant maintenance that needs to be done, and not all buildings or homes are suitable for flat roofs. It is recommended by most roofing professionals that flat roofs be inspected once a year, and do require regular inspection and preventive care to extend their life. The drains of flat roofs need to be constantly cleared out from debris to prevent water logging.
By calling Waddle Exteriors, you can get a free in-home inspection of your current roof from our certified roofing experts. You can count on a trustworthy recommendation on flat roofing and there is no pressure to buy. Talk with one of our roofing experts today and discuss your options for a new or replacement flat roof.