Flat roofing has become a popular selection because of trend simplicity. With the help of the internet and social media, online users that are homeowners have discovered the versatility and attractive attributes of having a flat roof as their home’s first line of defence. In a wintery province like Alberta, there are common misconceptions about flat roofing being an ineffective safeguard against snow and rain. This blog helps readers understand and explore the benefits of flat roofing.
What is Flat Roofing?
A horizontal surfaced roof commonly used in modern residential and high-rise establishment roofing. Any roofing construction that has approximately less than 10 degrees acute angle is considered a flat roof which is why having a drainage system to dispose rainwater and snow effectively is crucial.
Is Flat Roofing Good Against Snow?
Any roofing will do its job of protecting your shelter from the snow. Many homeowners would believe that winter is the natural enemy of flat roofing. It just depends on the specific type of flat roofing material you are using and how well it is installed. In general, flat roofs are not as effective at shedding snow as sloped roofs, they are more vulnerable to heavy snow loads. In Calgary, where snowfall can be heavy, it is important to use materials such as steel, asphalt, or rubber that can support a significant snow load and ensure that the roof is professionally installed and maintained. It is also a good idea to have your roof inspected by a professional before the winter season to ensure that it is in good condition and can withstand the snow.
Types of Flat Roofing
Choosing the right flat roof is a particularly challenging decision. Learn about the three types of flat roofing commonly used in Calgary.
Exceptionally light and inexpensive, Membrane roofing (or EPDM) is a rubber roofing solution with high durability. It’s a popular selection because of its simplicity. Membrane roofing is engineered to resist sun damage and to move water when the snow melts from ice.
Also known as BUR. Built-Up Roofing is the best counter against Ultraviolet light. BUR is made of tar and gravel that can absorb UV light. Aside from being able to protect you from harmful elements, BUR is thick and tough, making it an impenetrable layer.
Modified Bitumen Roofing
Modified Bitumen Roofing is an asphalt-based flat roofing and an evolutionary cousin of BUR. Modified Bitumen roofing has a conventional installation method known as "Torch-Down", in which roofing professionals use handheld propane to flame up the roof. Modified Bitumen Roofing has high elasticity and easier maintenance. It has higher durability than BUR but sacrifices its appearance.
Why Should You Consider Flat Roofing
Common roofing problems can be the cause of headaches for many Calgarian homeowners. Beneficially, there are five reasons why you should install flat roofing in your home.
Simplicity is the new beauty. Flat roofing can have a very sleek and contemporary aesthetic and they are commonly used in modern architecture because they provide a clean, uncluttered look to allow for more open and flexible interior spaces. Flat roofs can also incorporate various architectural features, such as skylights, roof lights, or overhangs, to add interest and visual appeal. The use of assorted colors and finishes on the roofing material can also enhance the building's overall aesthetic. In general, flat roofs can provide a modern, minimalist look that is well-suited to contemporary architectural styles.
Imagine your flat roof as another part of your home. Growing plants and flowers are extra attachments to enhance the beauty of your home. The extra space can be used for personal use or decoration. You can unfold those camping chairs and install a patio for you to relax and chill. You can even use it for your own gardening space. If your budget allows, you can even get solar panels installed on your flat roof to be more energy efficient.
Flat roofing requires less effort to repair damage because it is accessible, so you won’t need to worry about slipping off if you decide to DIY repair your roof. But we still recommend professional roofers to perform the repairs. Make sure you have the proper tools to diagnose your flat roof damage.
Easier To Clean
The number one common roofing problem is maintaining its hygiene. The lack of pitch on a flat roof allows you to easily walk on it and access all areas of the roof, making it easier to remove all the accumulated snow, fallen branches, deceased animals, and growing organisms. Being easier to clean is the greatest advantage of having a flat roof.
Lower Repair Cost
Flat roofing repair costs an average of $700 and can go lower to $300 globally. To find the price estimation, you need to get a quote from professionals. If you have Membrane roofing or BUR, you don’t need to get the entire roof to be replaced. It would cost you about 5-10 dollars per square foot for the required materials. You would pay for the labour measurements of the damaged area depending on the quote provided. Since flat roofing is accessible, you can even fix the damage yourself.
Wind and Sound Immunity
Flat roofs are less susceptible to wind damage than pitched roofs because they have a smaller surface area exposed to the wind. While having wind damage immunity, flat roofing also possesses great sound insulation because of a larger surface area to absorb sound. You can rest easy with reduced disturbance from intense winds.
Flat roofing has become modernized over the years. If you are looking for a flat roofing renovation of installation, Superior Roofing has done multiple flat roofing projects. With 25 years of residential and commercial flat roofing experience, our services will deliver your desired result. Let’s build your flat roofing.