When flat roofs came into inception in the 1900s, they were popular in commercial structures and the big cities. Most homeowners adopted the pitched roof design for new constructions. However, over time, flat roofs became popular in residential homes. If you're installing a new roof, you may be torn between choosing between a flat and pitched roof. This article will address some benefits of flat roofs that make it a worthy choice over the traditional pitched design.
A residential roof does more than providing shelter for a home. It has various applications such as holding HVAC equipment, electrical wiring, solar panels, skylights, and TV satellite dishes. Some homeowners even go to the extent of setting up gardens and entertainment areas on the roof. Unfortunately, most of these applications aren't practical with a pitched roof.
The steep slope of a pitched roof makes it difficult to mount equipment and appliances. Flat roofs have a flat surface on which you can set up your equipment and free up valuable space on the ground. The ability to install equipment such as HVAC on the roof allows you to manage your landscape better.
Better Insulation and Energy Efficiency
The roof accounts for a significant percentage of the total energy lost in a home. To improve energy efficiency, homeowners use roof insulation to curb heat loss. However, insulation in pitched roofs isn't always efficient. The structure and design of a pitched roof limit homeowners to cavity insulation options such as fiberglass. The loose insulating material is stuffed into the roof joists and attic spaces, but it doesn't adequately cover the entire space. The small air pockets within the material can aid in heat loss.
Flat roofs allow for the use of rigid insulation. Stay-in-place insulation solutions such as spray foam are incredibly efficient. Once sprayed on the roof's surface, the insulation covers every tiny hole and crevice. Unlike cavity insulation, it does not leave any air pockets. As a result, the insulation offers better energy efficiency and lowers a home's heating and cooling costs. You can further boost efficiency by applying a reflective membrane on the flat roof.
Easier Inspection and Maintenance
Inspecting and maintaining a pitched roof is an uphill task. If your roof has a steep slope, it can complicate roof repairs and gutter cleaning tasks. On the other hand, a flat roof provides easy access; thus, maintenance and repair tasks are easy. Access to equipment such as HVAC vents, compressor units, and skylights is simplified due to the roof structure.
A flat roof offers many benefits as compared to a pitched roof. Contact a residential roofing contractor such as Golden Spike Roofing for installation services.