There are many options for roof installation, with differences that may highlight aesthetically pleasing designs or functional necessity. Between types of material available (such as roofing shingles, tile or metal panels) and the need for a stylish look, homeowners may be faced a tough decision concerning their roofing. A popular choice for residential areas is the flat roof. As with any major decision, it’s best to evaluate the pros and cons of this style before moving forward with installation.
Pros. Flat roofs are relatively easy to build, minimizing installation time and labor costs. They are made from a variety of synthetic rubbers and polymers, offering one of the least expensive roofing options. Their composition is flexible to the changing weather conditions, and provides the most comprehensive protection from wind, rain or fire damage. The limited slope of this roofing also makes it easier to clean. Some homeowners find them to a perfect location for adding decorative elements or hosting herb and terrace gardens. Depending on the type of materials used, the shingles can help insulate your attic and roof, working with you to reduce heating or cooling expenses.
Cons. Installing a flat roof may be inexpensive, but it ranks rather low in mass application. Not all buildings or structures are conducive to this style of roofing. There are also concerns with durability due to the coating applications. It will take periodic maintenance to ensure there are no cracks or weak spots developing and extend the life of your roof. Additionally, great care needs to be taken when walking or standing on the roof. The rubber materials can be easily damaged during installation by foot traffic, or fallen branches and storm debris may weaken or destroy the roofing tiles.
It is important to consider all aspects of a flat roof before you move forward with installation. Olivieri Roofing can provide insight into your home and roofing needs, as well as offer an exceptional and experienced crew to complete the job.