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The design of flat roofs is drastically different than pitched roofs. These low slope roofs are not actually flat – they are built to have a positive gradient for water to flow to gutters or drains. The function of flat roofing systems is to waterproof the building with impermeable materials. This is in stark contrast to pitched roofs, which primarily rely on the principle of overlapping to shed water. Thus the type of required roof coverings necessary to perform this critical duty are unlike those seen on pitched roofs.
Because flat roofs are not visible from the ground, they are often forgotten about until there is a leak. Regular maintenance and inspection can greatly extend the lifespan of the roof. This can be in the form of clearing ice and debris from drains, inspecting the seams and penetrations, or adding a protective coating. Maintaining your flat roof will help prevent leaks and interior damage, as well as staving off removal and replacement costs.
Do you own a commercial building? Live in a row house? Or have a low slope porch, dormer or addition? We’ve got a roofing solution for you! From traditional asphalt-based materials, single-ply membranes, or fluid-applied systems, we’ve got you covered. Hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your flat roof and have peace of mind that your home is protected.