The Benefits of a Low-Slope Roof
Low-slope roofs, also commonly referred to as flat roofs, have a bad reputation. Many people state that they have short lifespans and that they are not as good as sloped roofs. However, despite what you may have heard, low-slope roofs have benefits associated with them and are beneficial when used on commercial buildings. Learning the benefits can help you understand the purpose of a low-slope roof and why it is the preferred type of roof on warehouses and commercial spaces. Here are three of the benefits associated with low-slope roofs.
Easier to Maintain
The first benefit of a low-slope roof is that they are easier to maintain than a sloped roof. First off, it is easier for a contractor to walk on your roof and inspect it, as there is less risk of them sliding or slipping off. Secondly, many of the materials used on low-slope or flat roofs do not become damaged in the same way materials on sloped roofs do. Since you don’t have individual shingles or tiles, you don’t have to worry about a shingle or two blowing off or your tiles becoming cracked. This makes them easier to maintain and requires less maintenance and repairs than sloped roofs.
Lower Overall and Long-Term Costs
The second benefit of a flat or low-slope roof is that they have lower overall and long-term costs. It costs significantly less to replace a low-slope roof, and they cost less to maintain over the course of the roof’s lifespan. This means that you will save money by having a low-slope roof compared to a sloped roof. So while sloped roofs do have a longer lifespan than flat roofs, they will cost you more in upfront material and installation prices, as well as their maintenance and repair prices. Once you compare prices, that longer lifespan comes at a price and makes low-slope roofs such a bargain.
The final benefit of low-slope roofs is that you have energy-efficient solutions available for flat and low-slope roofs. There are different membranes and coatings that you can use on low-slope roofs that help reflect UV rays while also helping to insulate your roof. All in all, this can help to naturally reduce the temperature of your office building, reducing the usage of your air conditioning unit in the summer. During the winter months, the coating or membrane helps keep heated air in the building and reduces the amount of air that escapes through the roof, helping to lower your heating expenses.
To maximize the lifespan and benefits associated with your low-slope roof, you need to care for the roof properly. This involves having a flat or low-slope roof installed by an experienced and licensed roofing company, having the roof inspected at least twice a year and having the roof repaired when needed. Here at Rosie’s Roofing & Restoration, we can help with all of your commercial roofing needs. Call us now to schedule your consultation.