These days, commercial building owners have more options than ever before when it comes to roof types and materials. While we’re always in favor of more choices, there are times when the classic design of a flat roof has significant advantages compared to pitched and low-slope roofs.
Materials are Typically More Affordable
Flat roofs remain a great, budget friendly choice for commercial properties. The biggest reason why flat roofs are so cost-effective is they have a smaller surface area than a comparable low-slope or pitched roof.
You also have a tremendous variety of roofing materials to choose from, including EPDM, PVC, TPO, modified bitumen and rubber rolled roofing. Be sure to talk to your roofing professionals about the best and most economical building materials for your roof.
Greater Usable Surface Area
Although a flat roof has less surface overall than a pitched roof, it has a major advantage in that its surface area is entirely usable. As a commercial property owner, you can use the extra space in all kinds of ways.
Flat roofs offer great potential for storage, and are the ideal location for a building’s HVAC unit or satellite dish. Many building owners also mount solar panels on their flat roofs, allowing them to generate energy and boost efficiency.
Maintenance is Safe and Easy
We don’t generally recommend building owners go up on their roof. It can be unsafe, and is usually a job best left to the professionals. This being said, a flat roof is much safer and easier to inspect than other types of roof.
If your roof needs maintenance, or if you suspect storm damage, a flat roof makes it easier. You can do a quick assessment before contacting a roofing professional for further action.
Installation is Usually Faster
When you need a new roof installed, a flat roof is fast and easy to install. This is due to the relatively smaller surface area compared to a sloped roof, as well as the easy access the flat surface provides.
The same goes for roof inspections, maintenance and repairs. A flat roof ensures your roofing professionals will be able to complete the job in no time.
If you’re looking for quality roof solutions in Central Florida, our team of experts at Alan’s Roofing are here to help. Contact us today to learn more.