In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of flat roof houses in Australian developing areas. For many homeowners, flat roofs offer a modern and stylish way to make their home theirs (as well as protect it!). However, flat roofs offer more than just aesthetics; they come with many benefits.
In this article, we’ll take a detailed look at flat roof houses and the advantages they can offer for your future home when determining what type of material to use.
The Main Benefits of Flat Roofing
It’s important to note that most flat roofs are not entirely flat (who would have thought!?). They are usually slightly pitched to allow water drainage. To ensure your roofing materials are safe from damage caused by rain and persistent moisture, a very slight slope is imperative when constructing a flat roof.
Now that we’ve got the nitty gritty sorted – let’s look at the benefits of flat roofing:
Choosing a flat roof means opting for extra space in your house. You won’t have any sloping roofs, which means more height and space in your bedrooms, bathrooms, and other upper-floor rooms.
Moreover, the roof offers additional outdoor space for practical uses like skylights, solar panels, and extra storage area.
Flat roofs are much easier to install than classical pitched roofs, requiring fewer workers and materials. Framing, rafters, and trusses are not necessary for a flat roof design.
In addition to the straightforward roofing design, roofers can work faster because there is no steep roof pitch to construct, making it easier to build, and easier to navigate when finishing the job. Furthermore, flat roofs are usually much more accessible with a ladder, making it easier to access the roof when required.
When constructed correctly, a house with a flat roof will deliver ultimate durability. The flat design makes the home exceptionally resistant to wind and storms. While harsh winds can damage or put a pitched roof at risk, most flat roofs won’t sustain such damage. Unlike most pitched roofs, flat roofs don’t rely on individual shingles as roofing materials, reducing weak spots and the risk of damage from severe weather.
Flat roof means low-maintenance roofing – how good! While the small pitch of the roof will require you to conduct regular inspections of your roof to avoid issues with drainage, flat roofing is relatively low maintenance and easy to take care of.
Not having the same slopes and angles of a pitched roof, flat roofs are easier to access and walk on for inspections and maintenance. Additionally, flat roofs typically have fewer parts and components compared to pitched roofs, which means there are fewer things that can go wrong, become damaged, or need repairs. Flat roofing is also designed to improve insulation, reducing the risk of energy loss – which also makes them low maintenance!
As mentioned above, flat roof houses are often very energy efficient, offering improved insulation and an air-tight seal to keep the warm air in winter, and the cold air in summer! You can enjoy energy-efficient roofing with a flat roof – say goodbye to large energy bills (and hello to a stylish, eco-friendly roof!)
Choosing the right colour for flat roof can also improve its ability to insulate the home. Light colours help reflect sunlight and keep your home cool, while dark colours absorb sunlight and help keep your home warm. The best choice depends on your local climate and personal preferences.
To wrap up, it’s clear that there are many benefits of a flat roof – beyond providing a practical and stylish option for your new or renovated home. Flat roofing provides extra space, energy efficiency, and will be low maintenance.
Interested in learning more about building or preparing a flat roof for your home? Get in touch with the experts at Vertec Roofing – Sydney’s leading roofers that you can trust.