How Does Construction Differ with a Flat Roof?

How much thought do you give to the roof over your head? Probably not much, but the roof used to build your home influences how it handles rain water, snow, wind, and many other outside factors. Make sure you understand how construction differs with a flat roof so that you can make the best informed decision. 

What Is a Flat Roof?

A flat roof actually isn’t entirely flat, but it’s close. A “flat roof” is installed on a very subtle angle so that it appears flat but actually contains a slight slope. This slope allows rainwater to drain off the roof. It is for this reason that a flat roof is also often known as a low-slope roof. 


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The Best Flat Roofing Materials

While flat roofs are becoming more popular among homeowners, they have long been preferred for industrial buildings. A flat roof gives you a place to put rooftop AC units and other building elements. A flat roof is also easier to access for maintenance on these systems.

But what material is used for flat roofs? You might think that shingles are inappropriate, but they are one of your more affordable options. However, there are many more durable and easier to maintain options.

PVC Membrane

This is the most commonly used roofing material for flat industrial roofs. It is durable, lasting up to 30 years, with little to no maintenance required. PVC membranes are also lighter weight and more flexible, making it useful for complex applications.


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Commercial Roof Vs. Residential Roof: How Are They Different?

Even though you might be able to find a roofer that does both, there are very big differences between commercial roofing and residential roofing. Depending on which service you need, it is important to make sure that you hire a contractor with a clear understanding of the differences in pitch, materials, and installation. Here’s what you need to know.

Differences in Pitch

Homes are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, not just functional. That’s one reason why they require so much regular maintenance. Because homes come in so many different shapes and sizes, so too do roofs. Most residential roofs are very steep, while commercial roofs are mostly flat or very nearly so. Commercial roofs need to be flat to accommodate equipment and the like.


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Causes of Commercial Roof Leaks

Commercial roof leaks are much more complex than residential roofing. While damage can certainly cause leaking in commercial roofs as well, there could be some other causes of frequent roof leaks on your commercial property. Here are some of the most common causes of roof leaks on commercial buildings.

Poor or no drainage

When your commercial roof was first installed, the contractors should have considered adequate drainage of the roof. Your roof is going to get a lot of water, especially during the rainy season. To eliminate leaks and expensive repairs, drainage systems must be installed. If your original contractor didn’t do their job properly or if the drain has become worn or damaged, it could cause leaks.


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The Important Role Your Roof Plays in Your Family’s Safety

You know your roof protects your home from the elements and adds aesthetic value to your home, but do you really understand the role your roof plays in your family’s safety and comfort? In fact, your roof plays two important roles beyond protecting your home from water and storm damage.

Protecting your family from critters

Having a cat is a great way to keep small critters cleaned out of your home, but if you don’t have one available, your roof can be a great barrier to stop them from getting in to begin with. A well installed and sealed roof will take away access points for mice, squirrels, and even birds. 


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How to Be Prepared for Roof Storm Damage

Seasoned Floridians know that they can expect severe storms, high winds, and hurricanes for the next several months, but newer Florida residents may not realize just how important it is to be prepared for storm damage. While you might install hurricane shutters or screens to protect your home from flying objects, it is important to be prepared to also protect your family from hazards from above.

Check your insurance coverage, inventories, and policy restrictions

Some homeowners’ insurance policies specifically exclude certain types of storm damage. You need to make sure that any roof damage will be covered by your policy, as well as any interior damage to the home that results from the open roof. If you’re not sure what your policy covers, check with your agent. You also need to make sure that your home inventories are up to date in case items are damaged by the open roof. Know where your policy is located and keep it in a fireproof and waterproof box or safe.


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How to Make Your Roof Last Longer

Installing a new roof can be expensive, and you don’t want to have to do it any sooner than necessary. The average roof lasts about 25 to 30 years, depending on the type of roof you have. If you have a basic shingle roof, you can expect to replace your roof every 20 to 25 years. 

However, if you do not maintain your roof, it will not last those entire two decades. Instead, your roof could start showing significant wear and need to be replaced sooner rather than later. If you don’t want that to happen, follow these tips for maintaining your roof and making it last longer.


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Four Types of Roofs and When to Replace Them

Especially when you buy a home and you aren’t the first owner, one of the things that you need to consider is the age of your roof. Roof repairs can be common during storm season, but it may be time to start thinking about replacing your roof altogether. Here are the four most common types of roofs and when they should be replaced.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material. These shingles hold up well against the elements and storms, but they do wear out over time. You should replace your asphalt-shingled roof about every 20 to 30 years depending on the quality of the maintenance and upkeep. 


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