Flat roofing is frequently used in larger buildings. It is popular due to its low cost and the fact that it provides additional space that can be used once the project is done. It also works well in complementing air conditioning units and even solar panels.
Flat roofs are roofs in which the surface is almost completely level. They are the opposite of sloped roofs and have been used since ancient times. This roof type is popular in arid climates and is preferred by many property owners since they allow the roof to be used as an additional living space. Most flat roofs are constructed with materials such as concrete or masonry. These materials excel at blocking out heat from the sun and are easy to work with, especially in areas where timber is either not available or too expensive to procure.
The surface of a flat roof will be covered by a material sheet that is referred to as the membrane. The goal of the membrane is to ensure the area is waterproof. Most of the materials which are used in flat roof construction will allow water to flow off via a camber or inclination which is slight into the gutter unit. On larger flat roofs the gutters will transfer the water into a drainage system. Because the surface is flat, these roofs require drainage systems which are far more complex than what is seen in sloped roofs, which due to their incline make it easier for water to slide down efficiently.
Flat roofing is one of the most affordable options available in the New York area. This is due to the variety of materials that can be used along with the simple installation in comparison to slope roofs. Once the flat roof has been installed, space can be used for living, or to install an HVAC or solar energy unit. Some property owners choose to install roof gardens as well. The many different ways in which this roof can be used are limitless, which has contributed to its popularity.
One key benefit of flat roofing is that it allows for greater interior space that is versatile. In other words, finished attics and top rooms provide greater space since the walls aren’t sloped as would be the case with a classical pitched roof. This makes the flat roof indispensable in buildings where all the space must be used to its fullest extent. Flat roofs also provide greater accessibility than their sloped counterparts, which means that it will be easier to clean off the gutters, perform repairs and install equipment such as satellite dishes.
A. Stewart Roofing and Waterproofing is a highly regarded New York roofer that specializes in different types of roofing construction. We will help you install a flat roof that is attractive and which maximizes space, while efficiently draining water. Speak with our representatives today for a free estimate.