The Headaches That Come With A Flat Roof
We’ve been in the commercial roofing business for a long time, and we know that it’s rare for somebody to have meticulously planned for and chosen the roof of their office building. Many offices are inherited or built when start-up costs are low, so a “flat” roof just ends up making sense. Though they’re not impossible to work with, flat roofs do have some headaches attached to them.
The difference between a “flat” roof and other roofs.
A flat roof is a roof that has no sloping profile. It’s also known as a “pitched” roof, in contrast to “gabled” and “hip” roofs (which have sloping profiles). Flat roofs are often used on commercial buildings because they require less material and labor than other roofs.
Repair costs with flat roofs can vary.
Before you decide to repair your flat roof, you should know that the costs of doing so are often higher than the cost of replacement. Flat roofs are less expensive to repair but may be more expensive to replace. If you have had a leaky or damaged roof for some time, it may be more cost-effective to replace it outright.
Increased risk of roof damage with flat roofs.
The harsh and unforgiving environment of your roof is an epic battle of the elements, one that you can’t afford to lose. A flat roof is more likely to leak than a sloped roof because of its shape, which means you could be in for some severe damage if it’s not maintained correctly. Furthermore, a flat roof’s lack of structural support leaves it vulnerable to hail and water damage on top of any other weather-related problems.
Flat roofs also increase your risk for wind damage—even though they’re already far from the solid ground—and snow accumulation. When these issues arise with your flat roof, don’t hesitate to call a professional like Just Leaks!
Maintenance requirements for flat roofs are usually tedious.
As you may have read above, flat roofs require regular maintenance. A clean flat roof will protect the underlying structure from water damage and ensure years of good performance.
Flat roofs tend to be well ventilated, which helps with moisture build-up and heat retention. This is beneficial in many climates where temperatures are extreme during summer.
Still, it can lead to problems if not properly sealed or waterproofed during winter when cold air passes through cracks between panels or snow settles on them (and melts). A leaky flat roof will damage your building’s interior structure, cause mold growth inside living spaces, and pose safety hazards for residents during high winds or heavy rainstorms.
Durability issues with flat roofs.
Flat roofs are less durable than sloped roofs, which means they’re more likely to leak or crack. They also have problems with algae growth, ice dams, and other issues that can cause damage to the interior of your home. If you choose a flat roof for your business property, consult an expert like Just Leaks about ways to mitigate these problems with maintenance and inspection services.
Flat roofs aren’t all bad, though!
It’s a shame because flat roofs are so helpful. They’re suitable for drainage and easy to construct, but they come with so many problems that they might not be worth it. It’s best to avoid them if possible, but if you have one already and want to repair or replace it, there are ways of doing so without breaking your budget.
We can work with any roof because we believe in meeting you where you are.
If you have dreams of going solar or getting a new system but currently just need some fixes for your flat roof, we can help you out. Even if you have no intention of upgrading your system or rocking the boat, Just Leaks will meet you where you’re at. If you are interested in learning about the various roofing systems or installing a solar system on your commercial or industrial building(s), call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646 for an in-person consultation. Or visit us online at our website or our Facebook page.