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Various Kinds of Flat Roofing
Unlike the earlier years, flat roofing is now being used for residential houses rather than just for commercial buildings and structures.
There are different reasons that some homeowners choose to have flat roofing for their homes; and among these reasons are design and additional space.
While some may argue that flat roofs would only trap water because of its structure, in reality, flat roofs are not 100% flat. There’s a portion of the roof that slopes a bit down to a small drain to get rid of all the water that may be accumulated.
Having a flat roof for your home can be beneficial in many ways. For instance, you can use the roof itself as a garden, some use their flat roof to build greenhouses, and others use this space to be a patio or simply a place where they could hang out.
Aside from being able to use the spare space, a flat roof is a wise choice if you are planning to build additional stories to your home in the future. Having a surface that’s already flat could mean less work when you decide to add another story, which could lead to less money to be spent on construction.
Replacement of flat roof will also be quicker as compared to sloped roofs. Usually, flat roof replacement only takes a single day.
If you’re planning to go for a flat roof, you also have different choices for the materials you can use.
One option you have is BUR which stands for Built-Up Roofing. Also known as tar and gravel roof, one of the main advantages of choosing built up roofing is their sturdiness and their ability to survive heavy weight – which means you can trust that the chance that it would be damaged when you walk on it is very minimal. Also, this roof type is fire resistant and inexpensive. If taken care of properly, this material can last up to around 20 years.
Another popular choice is the rubber roof. Rubber roof or EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is easy to install. In the case of leaks, it can also be patched easily. The material is invulnerable to sunlight, too. Although rubber roof is extremely tough, it can still be punctured by sharp items. EPDM can last for as long as 15 years if maintained correctly.
PVC roofing can survive for 30 years if well maintained. Probably the most popular of all the roof choices, PVC can be a bit more costly than EPDM, but the material is tougher.
Modified Bitumen is another alternative when it comes to roof materials. Extremely difficult to install, modified bitumen can withstand strong winds, fire, and even storms. There’s also a lesser possibility for this material to be punctured as compared to PVC or EDPM. Modified bitumen roofs have a lifespan of up to 20 years.
These are just some of the most common roofing materials you can use for your flat roof. In choosing which material to pick, think about your plans for your roof. Would you want it to be a patio, or perhaps a garden? Or do you just want your roofing to simply be a roof? These questions can help you come up with a chosen material for your flat roof.