Flat Roofing Truths: Things You Should Know


Flat roofing is becoming an increasingly popular option among homeowners, and for good reason. Unfortunately, many of those who are unfamiliar with flat roofing can inadvertently spread misinformation. Here's a look at a few facts that you should know about flat roofing before you choose the roof you want for your home.

Flat Roofing Doesn't Increase Leak Risks

For many people, the idea of flat roofing triggers concerns that they may struggle with pooling water and roofing leaks because of a lack of drainage. This isn't actually the case. When it comes to flat roofing, the phrase "flat" is a bit misleading. In fact, even a flat roof has a mild grade to it to encourage water runoff. This minimizes any water pooling, which also minimizes leak risk.

Flat Roofing Can Hold Up To Winter Weather

Homeowners in areas where winter brings snow and ice are often resistant to the idea of a flat roof out of fear that the roof won't hold up under the weight of snow accumulation. The truth is that, in areas where snow is a concern, the roof will be constructed with adequate support to withstand traditional snowfall amounts.

You will, however, want to give your roof the best chance through the winter. Do this by having the roof inspected before winter to look for any vulnerabilities. Address any damage right away and then make sure that you clear excess snow from the roof throughout the winter. Your roofing contractor can give you an idea of how much snowfall is okay to leave and what should be removed.

Flat Roofing Isn't High-Maintenance

Another reason why homeowners dismiss flat roofing is out of concern for the maintenance requirements. Flat roofing isn't nearly as high-maintenance as you might think that it is. In fact, your home's flat roof doesn't require any more frequent inspections and care than a sloped roof. 

You'll want to have a roofing contractor come out once a year to check for damage or vulnerabilities, but flat roofing doesn't require anything much more extensive than that unless there's something that needs to be repaired. Even better, you eliminate some of the most common damage risks, including cracked or missing shingles, lost granules, and similar types of issues.

Understanding the truth about flat roofing can help you to determine if it's the right option for your family's needs. Talk with a roofing contractor today for more information.

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29 November 2021

Roofing Fundamentals: What To Know Before Replacement

When it came time to install a new roof on my home, I had no idea where to start. In fact, I was exploring roofing options that were a really poor fit in my climate. It wasn't until I reached out to a local roofer that I got some lessons on how to choose the right roofing material for my home and the weather exposure it is subjected to. I built this site to share my journey, including the mistakes I made and the things that I learned along the way. If you are considering replacing your home's roof, I hope that the information here can help to guide you through the process.