Flat roofs are among the most common and versatile types of roofs globally. While they are not the most glamorous and enchanting option, they have unique advantages. It’s important to note that flat roofs require special attention, care, and handling.

Flat roofs differ from their contemporary counterparts in more than outward appearance. Costs, materials, and versatility benefits are distinct capabilities of flat roofs. So, if you’re a commercial building owner or a private real estate developer, you will most likely have to deal with flat roofs firsthand.
Here’s what you need to know about flat roof designs:

1. Cost

The cost of a flat roof system can vary dramatically. If you need to complete a full tear off, you also need to install code-compliant insulation, which can add dramatically to the cost. There are also big cost differences between the products available (TPO, EPDM, PVC) and how they are installed (Fastened, adhered, etc). Make sure you do your homework and know what you are getting before approving a proposal.

2. Maintenance

On a flat roof system, maintenance is very important. Clogged roof drains and minor defects can create big problems down the road. It is very important to walk your roof at least once a year, clearing vegetation and checking for defects. An annual maintenance program can go a long way in making sure your roof system goes the distance.

3. Space

Most commercial and industrial buildings use flat roof systems to gain additional space inside the building. If you had to have a shingle roof on a Walmart or Target, for example, the building would need to be extremely high to have the correct pitch. This is the biggest reason why flat roofs are so common on larger buildings.

4. Accessibility

Flat roofs are more accessible than sloped or slanted roofs. They are easier to climb to inspect or clean. Many flat roofs even have a built-in roof hatch on site. Care should always be taken when you are near the edge of the roof. Make sure you have a proper safety system in place before going on a flat roof.

5. Architectural appeal

Most big box stores, factories, warehouses, and other commercial/industrial buildings are built around getting as much space as possible. While flat membrane roofs are not the most attractive, they are rarely seen from the ground. This allows larger buildings to have the space they need while still looking aesthetically pleasing. If your commercial roof is exposed, there are ways to enhance the look of a membrane roof system.

Chaffee Roofing – Masters in Flat Roof Designs

Chaffee Roofing is a commercial and industrial roofing contractor with vast experience in many types of roofs: modified bitumen roofs, PVC, TPO, shingle roof, rigid installation, and BUR system installation. Chaffee Roofing has installed more than 30 million square feet of roofs in one of the most reputable commercial buildings in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New England. Contact Chaffee Roofing for inquiries about roofing designs, installation, and maintenance services.