The Pros and Cons of Flat Roofs

When it comes to roofs, you have options. In the US, pitched roofs are the most common style, but flat roofs have an aesthetic that is gaining in popularity. They combine the best aspects of form and function. Here are some of the best and worst things about having a flat roof.

The Good: Resilience

Flat roofs hold up well to wind. They are sturdy, and the wind simply blows across the flat surface, instead of meeting resistance by sloping angles. You don’t have to worry about shingles flying away during a storm or severe weather.

a picture of buildings with flat roofsThe Bad: Drainage

They require a little extra attention to drainage, if you live in an area that gets heavy rain. While even flat roofs have a slight angle to let water run off, they drain slowly. You might have to go up and manually remove the water using a push broom or other tool.

The Good: Associated Costs

The price of having a flat roof installed are typically lower than having a typical pitched roof installed because there are fewer materials involved. Flat roof repairs are affordable, because, again, there aren’t shingles or other decorative materials involved.

The Bad: Snow and Ice

Since flat roofs don’t have a slope that snow and water can run off of, they can be weakened if too much heavy snow or ice weighs them down. Accumulated ice has been known to cause flat roofs to collapse, so take your climate into account before you make your decision.

The best thing to do is ask a professional! Give us a call any time with questions about your roof, no matter the style.