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Pros & Cons Of A Flat Roof
January 18, 2023
Royal Roofing

If you are deciding what type of roof to install for your building, there are several options available. The most common choice among building owners is a flat roof. However, before you go, you need be aware of its advantages and disadvantages, which we will discuss in this article. And if you need quality roofing services, you should contact a professional roofing company to handle the task.


  • Less Expensive Than Pitched Roofs

Flat roofing systems are the clear winners in terms of cost-effectiveness. For the same space, a pitched roof will cost thousands more than a flat roof. So, if you want to save money upfront, a flat roof is the way to go.

  • A Location For HVAC Units

Flat roofs are common locations for commercial HVAC equipment. Instead of putting your HVAC on the ground, please put it on the roof for more security and protection from damage. It’s not unusual for people, trees, and surrounding appliances to vandalize or damage an HVAC system. However, before installing the units, your roofing experts should inspect the substructure to ensure the roof’s capability. Low areas and puddling will occur if contractors do not correctly install them well.

  • Energy Conservation

Flat roofs are excellent for lowering house utility expenditures, especially in warmer areas. A level roof offers less overhead room for air to stagnate, but sloping roofs can trap undesirable warm air or enable cooled air to escape.

  • They Are Simple To Set Up.

As previously said, installing a flat roof is simple and takes less time than the alternatives. Repairs are also painless because they may be completed swiftly.

  • They Are Simple To Clean.

Flat roofs are easier to maintain than other roofing types since they are more accessible. Being able to clean every portion regularly avoids mildew, algae, stains, and debris from accumulating.


  • Flat Roof Materials Are In Short Supply

There aren’t many alternatives to pick from. Bitumen, TPO, Thermoplastic Polyolefin, EPOM, or rubber are the materials. Each of these is reasonably priced and simple to set up.

  • They Only Live For A Short Time

Life expectancy ranges between ten and fifteen years. Rubber shingles can be put in addition to rolled rubber roofing. New roofing materials, such as PVC and polycarbonate, are becoming accessible. They are more costly. There is no information on how long they will last because they are new items.

  • Lack Of Drainage

The most significant drawback is a lack of drainage. Water puddles and accumulates on the roof. Standing water can cause roofing material to deteriorate, causing future leaks, particularly at joints. A flat roof contractor will very certainly install additional drainage systems.

If you’re considering a flat roof instead of a sloping roof for your outbuilding or expansion, we’ve compiled a list of the top benefits and drawbacks of flat roofs to help you make an informed decision.

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