Pros & Cons of Choosing a Commercial Flat Roof
Commercial flat roofs are typically more cost effective because of the flat design. They cover fewer square feet and thus require less materials to complete the project. They are easier and quicker to install, which can translate to a significant savings for the building owner on both materials and labor. Owners have many types of flat roofing materials and membranes to choose from – rubber rolled roofing, EPDM, PVC, TPO, bitumen, modified bitumen and built-up roofing. While there are many different color choices to choose from with roofing membranes, however many building owners choose to stick with white. This can help reduce energy waste from cooling costs due to it’s reflective properties. There are also additional benefits some don’t consider. For instance, air conditioners can be moved from the ground to the roof and solar panels and satellite dishes are easier to install on flat roofs than on pitched ones. Moving these appliances to the roof also makes them less noticeable. Maintenance and drain cleaning is easier on flat roofs since workmen can walk easily and safely, regardless of weather conditions.
The most important issue is poor drainage. Roof materials can be degraded much faster and more easily due to standing water. One of the advantages of pitched roof styled buildings is not having to worry as much about drainage issues. Materials breakdown leads to leaking and water damage inside the building. It is imperative that an experienced commercial roofing contractor with a good reputation for professional work do the installation or repairs in order to avoid problems with the roof. The experienced team at Certified Commercial Roofing in Houston understands where the drains must be located and the proper height to avoid puddling.
We are fully bonded and insured and offer one of the best warranties in our industry. If you would like to learn more about flat roof installation or repair please visit our website at https://www.commercialrooferhouston.com/ or give us a call at (713) 355-4868.