There's a good reason that commercial flat rooftops are popular for offices, restaurants and other buildings, and there are a number of reasons why people choose these roofs! Let's look at some of the most notable advantages.
They're Easier to Maintain
Low slope rooftops are very easy and safe to inspect for any signs of damage or problems. This is the same reason why they are also easy to maintain and repair if necessary. Also, cleaning a high-slope roof may be tricky, but cleaning a flat or low-slope roof is relatively easy.
They're Easier on the Building
When a roof has a high slope, that's a whole lot of materials piled up over a building, which means a whole lot of weight, and that isn't very healthy for the building's structural support. A flat roof has less weight, which means the building doesn't have to have as much structural support, leaving more room for other plans. This is one reason that residential homes are also starting to embrace more flat roofs.
They are Energy Efficient
These rooftops are easily made into "cool" roofs that reflect sunlight back and make it easier to save cooling energy during the summer. Common materials like TPO and PVC can be highly reflective or white, which allows much less solar energy to enter the building itself.
They are Resistant to Bad Weather
Sloped roofs have to face a lot of wind. When storms come up, that makes them more vulnerable to damage. But since flat rooftops keep a low profile, they are much less likely to be damaged by the wind. Snow and debris also have less of an effect on flat rooftops.
They Have Lower Long-Term Costs
The factors we've talked about so far, such as resistance to bad weather and energy efficiency, help flat commercial rooftops to have lower lifetime costs than sloped roofs. If you are looking to save money after your initial investment, a flat rooftop is a good choice!
They Come in a Variety of Materials
In the past, commercial rooftop materials were limited in variety. Today, there are many more options to choose from, including TPO, PVC and cold applied Mod Bit. This makes it easier to find exactly the sort of roof materials that your buildings need.
They Can Still Avoid Pooling Water
A common concern about flat rooftops is their ability to deal with pooling water. Pooling water is dangerous no matter what type of roof you have because it can cause damage and encourage the growth of mold or moss. Fortunately, commercial flat roofs avoid this problem. They are constructed carefully with slight slopes that make it easier for water to trail off before it starts to pool.
Are you considering a new roof or roof maintenance? Schedule your consultation today with us at MG Roofing, Inc.!