The roof is one of most important part of a house hence the use of the phrase ‘a roof over the head’ to reference a house, or a place to stay. The roof protects you from harsh outdoor weather conditions and other unwanted guests which is why you need to be extra cautious when building a roof for your house.
There are many types of options when it comes to roofing, all offering various advantages from cost through to design and range of usable materials.
For a long time, homeowners have been installing sloping roofs in their houses for their obvious benefits.
However, this trend seems to be changing in modern times. Modern houses are increasingly being built with flat roofs. Flat roofs
, despite being architecturally illogical in the sense that they don’t allow snow and rain to shed as quickly as they do in sloping roofs, are exceedingly popular among those looking to build a cool, modern house.
Circumventing Flat Roof Pain Points
Flat roofs rarely last as long as well sloped roofs, mostly because they take a pounding from harsh weather which leads to leaking. But that doesn’t have to be the case. If the flat roof is built right and kept clean, it won’t leak. Thanks to improvements in the composition of materials covering flat roofs, you can build a long-lasting flat roof. Some flat roof materials have warranty covers for up to 20 years. Here at Vertex Roofing, we will give you all the help you need for a successful flat roof construction.
For a flat roof to work, there has to be a fall, or a slope to shed rainwater. The slope should be approximately 1:40 and less than 1:80. There are several ways to go about that. You can have a tapered insulation, which simply means cutting the fall into the roof insulation. Many roofing companies offer this service. Another common method of creating a fall on a flat roof involves the use of ‘firring strips,’ which involves cutting battens at an angle and placing them on top of the roof joists.
You can also set the cross walls at different heights to create a fall on your flat roofs. This method is unpopular because it means that you will end up with a sloping internal ceiling and many homeowners don’t like that.
You can always talk to a roofing company for professional advice on how to build a fall on your flat roof to facilitate the shedding of water and snow during harsh weather. If you are in Salt Lake City, Utah, you may contact VertexRoofingSLC.com
Flat Roof Construction
Once you have decided on the best way to build a fall on your flat roof, you are halfway to building a good flat roof that will last long. There are a lot of roofing materials to choose from including asphalt, torch-on felt, rubberized EPDM, PVC, etc. Many flat roof coverings have been used, the choice of the best flat roof covering material depends on who you ask. Total installation costs and guarantees offered are the key factors to look out for.