Flat roofs are common on commercial buildings because they are less expensive to install, easy to maintain and they allow the more efficient use of space both inside and outside.
Flat roofs cost less for several reasons. There is less surface area to cover than on a pitched roof, and flat roofs are easier to install, which saves on labor costs.
Maintenance costs less for flat roofs because they are easier to get to and walk around on than a pitched roof. That also makes it easier to spot leaks or other problems. When it’s time to repair or replace a flat roof, the project often can be completed in a day, depending, of course, on the size.
Strategic business owners who choose a roof with a flat design have opportunities to lower operating costs in multiple ways. For example, since this roof’s foundation isn’t sloped, air conditioning units can be placed above a property instead of on the ground. This installation strategy for AC units can prevent vandalism and accidents in risky neighborhoods and communities. If a commercial roof is large enough,
other items can be installed on the flat foundation as well, such as solar panels.
Extra roof space can also be used for projects like rooftop gardens. Flat roofs also allow for a more efficient use of top-floor space in buildings.
To appreciate all the maintenance and functional benefits that a flat roof offers, you must select a proper roofing solution that suits your needs and situation. Flat roofs made with traditional materials last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Roofs made with newer – although more expensive materials – can last up to 25 years.
A traditional built-up roof is made from layers of hot tar and gravel. Gravel is fire-resistant, and the gravel is more attractive when seen from nearby windows.
A modified bitumen roof is assembled with the peel-and-stick material is easy to install and can be coated with a light-colored material to reflect heat from the sun.
Rubber membrane is a great solution for businesses that are located in severe weather zones. This commercial roof material doesn’t tear or scuff easily during storms. Also, whenever leaks develop on the foundation, they can be repaired fairly quickly.
When you’re planning a new flat roof, call Quality Discount Roofing in Jacksonville, 904-396-5000, or visit our website for more information.