Among the many styles of roofs that Florida residents have, flat roofs are very common. Partial flat roofs for homes, as well as low-slope roofs on businesses are also often seen in Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
“Covering a flat roof is a whole different animal than shingling a pitched one. On a flat roof, generally speaking, you want to avoid any types of seams, if at all possible. The biggest threat is of course going to be water, which WILL find any access though any hole or inadequately-sealed seams in the roofing membrane. Your main goal when covering a flat roof is to create a barrier that will be impenetrable to water,” explains Roofing Calculator.
What is a Flat Roof?
Any sheet of material used to cover a flat or low-pitched roof is usually known as a membrane and the primary purpose of these membranes is to waterproof the roof area. Materials that cover flat roofs typically allow the water to run off from a slight inclination or camber into a gutter system.
Why Do Flat Roofs Exist?
“Before we get into comparisons of different flat roofing materials, it’s important to know why they exist in the first place since they’re seemingly such a hassle and an almost-immanent leak threat. There are two main reasons behind why a contractor would call for a flat roof:
- Aesthetics, and
For example, when you’re adding on to a home (building an addition) with something like a three-seasons room, a flat roof simply looks nicer. Homes with unblended roof pitches can be an awkward eyesore. In commercial buildings, flat roofs, outright, offer a more convenient place to install outdoor HVAC units rather than putting them in high-traffic ground areas.
Of course, any roof’s main job is to create a barrier of protection between the building below and the atmosphere above. Therein lies the conundrum associated with flat roofing. For all the aesthetics and convenience, the design doesn’t do a lot to avoid snow and water buildup,” comments Roofing Calculator.
Flat Roof Installation & Repair
For roofs with low to no slope, pooling and other weather-related problems may occur. Being certain that your roof is installed and repaired properly will ensure the life of your roof for years to come.
Common Types of Flat Roofing Systems:
- Single-ply membrane roofs
- Bitumen roll roofs
- Built-up roofs
- Sprayed polyurethane roofs
- Self-adhesive roofs
Because flat roofs are particular in design and require quality care in installation and repairs, No. 1 Home Roofing strives to make certain that you’re covered with services, from re-roofing your flat roof to coming out for an emergency.
No. 1 Home Roofing is proud to deliver quality service to its clientele in local communities, and therefore has years of experience in re-roofing and patching flat roofing systems.
No. 1 Home Roofing is a family owned and operated roofing company conveniently located on US Highway 19 in Palm Harbor, Florida. We are dedicated to providing top quality workmanship and materials to ensure that your new roof is done right. We specialize in shingle, tile, and flat roof installation, repairs, and maintenance. Contact us for an appointment and/or estimate at 727-781-7663.