The Benefits of Installing a Flat Roof
Flat roof with skylight and hydro insulation membranes.

A proper roof for your Real Estate, is a great investment that can last for years giving you immense benefits of the enhanced value of your property. There are several options available to install a sturdy roof to protect and cover your home or office.

Flat roofs are highly durable and if proper care is given, they can last much longer improving the aesthetics of your Real Estate structure and enhancing the value of your building. But it also is a serious financial commitment, so you must know what a flat roof is, how you need to maintain it, when to estimate that your roof needs to be repaired/replaced, and understand the various benefits of installing a flat roof.

Benefits of Installing Flat Roofs

Installing a flat roof has many advantages. Owners of various kinds of buildings specifically prefer flat roofs and here is why:

1. Aesthetic Value and Design

The first thing that you notice when you look at a property, is the design and the aesthetic value. A flat roof has the potential to give an appealing look and a clean design to your place, and it is an outstanding choice.

2. Low Maintenance

Identifying flat roof problems is much easier than sloping roofs. Many people choose this type of roof for their buildings because of its durability, low upkeep, and its potential to withhold external hazards. Usually, flat roofs as compared to sloping ones, don’t need much repair, and even if they do, it’s not a headache or something to worry about. The flat surface is suitable for frequent inspections, allowing you to quickly troubleshoot problems. A flat roof also helps you clean the gutters easily which helps in preventing water clogging after rain.

3. Cost-effective

Flat roof structures use less material than others. They are much cheaper than traditional sloping roofs. It also reduces the risks and effort associated with the contractor installation process. It also reduces overall costs because it does not create the complexity of repairs as quickly as with sloping roofs.

4. Durability

An average flat roof can last for over 30 years if you keep it in good condition. You must keep a stringent check on sagging or breakage, and constantly consider it for repair and maintenance if required after a thorough investigation, supervision, and monitoring. Normally, it doesn’t need a quick replacement and can last for several years.

5. Additional Utility Space

Flat roofs provide additional utility space that you can easily convert to a lounge, garden, patio, or outdoor space to hang out. The apartment building is the most common place to try this type of roof.

6. Short Installation Time

Installing a flat roof takes less installation time and is usually completed within a couple of days. However, the installation and time taken to establish a flat roof entirely depend on the roofing material selected and the overall size of the roof.


Flat roof ventilation cones.

Convenient Maintenance Tips for Flat Roofs

Here are some of the commonly used maintenance tips, tricks, and techniques that can be conveniently used when choosing a flat roof:

  1. Hire a specialist every month. It is expensive if you don’t fix the damage and repair it as soon as it happens. Delay in repair can lead to replacement.
  2. Use a protection color to reflect UV damage. Using fine weather-resistant paint can give an attractive look to your structure, seal the surface, and grease or lubricate the roof.
  3. You must prevent clogging of water, especially after a storm or heavy rainfall. Your flat roof needs proper maintenance, and you must take out time to keep it clean.
  4. Another way to extend the life of your roof is to make sure you have a suitable drainage system.

Some Relevant Things to Consider about Flat Roofs

  • The flat roof can be easily refurbished
  • There are various flat roofs, so choose wisely before you purchase and consider factors like budget, requirement, benefits, and features. Some basic categories of flat roofs are:
    • Flat Roof made of Thermoplastic Membrane (PVC or TPO)
    • Build Up Roofs (BUR)
    • Flat Roof made of Rubber Membrane (EPDM)
    • Modified Bitumen Flat Roof
    • Spray-On Flat Roof
    • Metal Flat Roof
    • Green Flat Roof System
    • Concrete Flat Roof

Characteristics of Flat Roofs:

1. A Flat Roof Is Not Perfectly Flat

You will find very few designed as completely flat. Most flat roof installations have a slight slope. The purpose is to drain water into specific areas of the roof. Their slopes are gentle and much smaller than the roofs of houses, so they look flat compared to traditional roofing systems. Without this displacement, flat roofs wouldn’t last that long, regardless of the materials used.

2. Increased Diversity with a Flat Roof

Flat roof systems are used in commercial buildings more as they are cost-effective, clean, less complicated, and durable. Installing a flat roof saves construction costs and can be made using a variety of materials. In this way, you can find the best combination of applications to get exactly what you need. You can use the flat roof for planters, outdoor patio, solar panels, or other applications that are not available on steep roofs.

3. Achieve Longer Life

Flat roof systems are extremely long-lasting and are renowned in residential and commercial structures/real estate/building design. It depends on the material, but if laid correctly, it will last for about 30 to 40 years. Many of the assemblies currently available in the roofing industry are specially designed to withstand strong winds, hail, puddles, fire, and UV light.

4. Flat Roofs Are Energy Efficient and Economical

Professionally installed flat roofs use thermal materials to support energy costs. Some of these are recyclable. Flat roofs have different ways to help reduce the amount of conditioned air used to heat and cool the interior of a building throughout the different seasons. As a result, the electricity bill will be cheaper. Conscious owners can use flat spaces to install solar panels to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

5. Has Minimal Maintenance Requirements

A common problem affecting roofs is the clogging of drains. Due to the lack of traditional steep slopes, drainage channels need to be cleaned regularly. Debris, leaves, dust, sticks, and other external matter can interfere with the drainage system. This should be checked quarterly. You must pay attention to the upkeep of the flat roofs, especially after a storm or heavy rains to prevent leaks. Fortunately, this type of maintenance is easy to perform.

In short, flat roofs are durable, cheap, aesthetically pleasing, and hassle-free. You will realize all its benefits when you install it and compare it with other roof categories or the traditional roof types. If you are looking for a stylish, sturdy, and low-maintenance roof, head over to Matera Roofing Inc. Contact us for more information.


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