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Choosing The Right Type of Roof

When you are building a new residential or commercial house or even renovating an existing property, you need to be keen on the type of roofing you choose. Actually, choosing the best type of roof to install on your house is not an easy task. It requires a whole package of elements which includes selecting a better design, hiring the best roofing company and choosing the best roofing materials. A good roof does us much than just protecting the occupants from the extreme outside conditions. The type of roof is determined mainly by its shape and the materials used to make it. For instance, flat roofs are quite common and most people prefer them. Keep reading to apprehend all you need to know about flat roofing and roofing in general. 

Understanding A Flat Roof

Flat roofs are almost level and they are very common especially in arid regions. The kinds of roofs can be used as a living space. They are also commonly installed on commercial buildings all around the world. They are common in arid regions because they are warmer and experience a small amount rainfall and freezing. Flat roofs are also called low-pitched roofs or membrane roofs. Materials that are used to cover the flat roof should allow water run-off from the slightest inclination to the gutter system. Rainwater that flows from flat roofs, flow freely off the house edges hence keeping them dry and free from dumbness and molds

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Types of Flat Roofs

The advancement in both technology and construction general has come with several ways of modifying the tradition roofing systems like a flat roof. Here are some of the common kinds of flat roofs

Built-Up Roof  

Traditional hot gravel and tar roof is installed by at least three plies of waterproof materials. The materials are alternated with hot gravel, tar and ballasted with layers of river stones that are generally smooth.  For a gravel built-up flat roof, it has an excellent fire retardant. It is also the cheapest of all the other flat roof varieties. However, it is heavy and the joists have to be straight. Without proper construction gear, one can develop breathing problems because it is quite smelly and messy when installing

Modified Bitumen

It is made by rolling a single ply which is then impregnated with mineral-based wear surface. Its torch down system involves heating the adhesives as the building material is being rolled. This kind of flat roof should not be installed on already occupied properties.

Rubber Membrane 

Ethylene propylene diene monomer is a real rubber. It is a durable material that resembles an inner tube which is best at resisting damage from extreme sunlight. Ethylene propylene diene monomer is anchored mechanically by fasteners, stones, glue and ballasted. Rubber membrane is very light and highly resistant to tearing, wearing and scuffs. Also, leakages are easily patched without too many hassles.

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Advantages For Flat Roofs

Structural Elements:

The sizes of most commercial properties make high pitched roofs impractical since steeper roofs are difficult to build and maintain.  Added Useable Space: with flat roofs, you can install your HVAC and refrigeration system on top to save more space and convenience. It is very effective in densely populated neighborhoods.


Flat roofs are very easy to inspect and maintain. This is very significant because both residential and commercial building must be inspected regularly to ensure the standards are maintained. It is very easy to inspect and maintain a flat roof. Furthermore, flat roofs help to improve energy efficiency. 

Difference Between Flat Roofs and Other Roof Types

In general, a flat roof can either lack a pitch or have a small gentle slope. Here is a list of other types of roofs in comparison to the flat one.    

Hip Roof:

Flat roofs are commonly installed in commercial buildings whereas hip roofs are common in roofing residential properties. Hip roofs are quite difficult to build compared to flat and gable roofs. They have a complicated rafter and truss structure.

Gable Roofs:

This is the simplest roofing style of all the other roof designs. Unlike flat roofs, gable roofing style appears like an upside down V. In contrast to flat roofs, gable roofs cannot be installed in arid areas since they are associated with strong winds.  

Dutch Hip Roof:

it is simply a hip roof that contains a small gable on either end. Its gambles can be ventilation, unlike the typical flat roofs.  

Folded Plate:

The folded plate roofing design is not commonly used in single-family houses. It appears like a group of small gable designs that are placed on the sides

Shed roof:

Shed roofs are almost flat but have a more pronounced pitch than the typical flat roofs. 

Gambrel Roof:

This roofing style is commonly used on barns. It can also be used on residential properties. It give enough space in the attic and the extra space can be turned in to living rooms.  Other common roofing styles that are different from the flat roof include; butterfly roofs, A-Frame roof, and winged Gable .

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