Before you start to consider the installation of a new roof on your home or building, property owners need to take into consideration the different roofing options available.
Aside from deciding on the type of material, whether to go for wood, asphalt, metal, vinyl, etc., there are 2 major roof structures to consider – pitched or flat foods.
Each structure has its own advantages and disadvantages, which both would ultimately depend on the owner’s preferences and the architecture of the home or building.
Reilly Roofing Fort Worth can help you decide what type of roofing would be the best fit for your home or business needs.
Pitched roofs are a more common choice in residential areas. One of the reasons for this is that the pitched roof can give space for an attic that gives homeowners added storage space underneath. The angle at which the roof slopes are referred to as either the pitch or the slope. A roof can either slope gradually or steeply, which is dependent on the home’s design and architectural style.
A major advantage of pitched roofs is that water can drain easily into the gutters because of the slope. Unfortunately, the slope also makes it more difficult to maintain. If you have a home with a steep slope, calling a professional roofer to assess, clean, and maintain your roof will likely help you avoid any accidents.
Flat roofs are not completely flat. The term “flat roof” should be more aptly referred to as low-slope roofs. Roofs need to have a slight slope in order for water to drain properly. The main problem to consider with having a flat or low-slope roof is that it required more maintenance. Flat roofs are prone to poor water drainage, which then often causes leaking problems. Regular maintenance is a must with flat roofs if you want to maximize the lifespan of the roof.
Flat roofs are a much more common choice for commercial buildings than pitched roofs because these are more cost-effective. Pitched roofs are easier to install on smaller residential homes. However, it is harder to put a sloped roof on a large commercial building. Aside from being difficult, it could even be dangerous. An added advantage that flat roofs give commercial owners is that it allows them to maintain A/C units better. Businesses tend to focus more on the practicality of having a flat roof rather than the aesthetic appeal that a pitched roof offers.
Advantages of Flat Roofs
One of the major advantages of using a flat roof is that it is a great way for businesses to make the best use of their commercial space. Sloped roofing requires more support and will leave a large portion of the top space unusable. Commercial properties can also maximize the use of their roofs by creating sky decks, rooftop gardens, and entertainment. While slope roofs are able to drain water more naturally, flat roofs can take advantage of installing a water roll-off system to circumvent the low slope for drainage.
Lastly, flat roofs help buildings optimize the height limits provided by the city of Fortworth TX. Since sloped roofs take up more space and height, flat roofs allow the top space to be used for other purposes while keeping the building within the limited height. In summary, these are the multiple advantages that a flat or low-slope roof has for commercial properties.
- Opens up space inside the building
- Great for internal thermal control
- Affordable construction and lower maintenance costs
- Optimizes internal space
- Durable and Long-Lasting
History of Flat Roofs
Also referred to as low-pitch or low-slope roofs, flat roofs were a practical architectural design for castles. Soldiers were able to use the flat roof as an area to prepare their archers and other long-range weapons. Other civilizations, such as those found in deserts or plains, also made use of flat roofs as they were easier to construct than pitched roofs.
Nowadays, the same practical reasons those civilizations had for installing flat roofs still holds true. Companies are able to take better advantage of the roof space while saving more in both installation and maintenance costs.
If you’re looking to install a flat roof on your commercial property, or even your home, Reilly Roofing, is available for consultation with property owners, developers, contractors, architects, and engineers to help design, create and install a roof that can meet your needs.