flat roofMany commercial buildings have flat roofs for a number of reasons.  Flat roof construction consists of two layers – an under layer and a top layer or coat. Roofing systems that are designed for flat roofs use synthetic material like PVC, rubber, modified bitumen or asphalt for the top coat.  These cover layers have to be checked on a regular basis to ensure that there are no leaks. Flat roofs are usually constructed in warmer areas as they are economical and more appealing architecturally.  They can save a lot of money if they are maintained well.

Here are some of the disadvantages of having flat roofing systems:

They are easier to inspect.

One advantage of flat roofs over sloping ones is that they are easier to climb and inspect.  One thing to keep in mind is that any roof should be climbed and worked on with caution.

They are more stable and affordable.

Flat roofs have to be re-coated and sealed on a regular basis to prevent leaks and damage to a structure. This also keeps them durable. With flat roofing systems,you have to ensure that the frame on the inside of a building is able to hold up the weight well.  Flat roofs work better on smaller buildings.

They can accommodate different roofing features.

There are a few companies which offer specialized glazing systems for flat roofs. These are great to have in any kind of building as they help to let natural light in. They are also much more specialized than conventional skylights. These systems can be installed in buildings like hospitals, schools, museums and even shopping malls.

Companies which offer roof glazing systems usually have low maintenance products with long product life and an economically sound solution.  These systems help users live with perfect indoor climate and ventilation. These systems can be used in canopies, atriums and roof lights. All in all, these are very popular and are seeing a lot of use in buildings around the world and in different climatic conditions as well.

As it’s your home’s first line of defense, giving your roof extra attention will pay off in the long run. Think you still need help on some roofing jobs? Research online to find more information on how to keep your home in tip-top shape.