Flat roofs have become quite popular of late. While traditional roofs are sloped to allow for rain and snow to run off, having a flat roof comes with some decided advantages.
Flat roofs require less space and don’t use as many materials as a sloped roof. This immediately drops the cost of the roof, making it more economical for your needs. Not only does it reduce the price of installing the roof in the first place, but it also means future repairs are much lower cost.
It usually takes much less time to put up a flat roof. There are fewer calculations needed and without the steep angles of a sloped roof, it’s easier to build. There are times when a single day can be all you need for the installation of a flat roof. Of course, this also depends on the size of the roof and how many people are working on it, but there is no doubt that it requires considerably less time than a pitched roof.
A flat roof can actually help reduce your utility costs. In the heat of summer, you have less space to cool and, in the winter, the reduced space means less heat. Sloped roofs often include a large dead air space above the living areas that can collect the air that you’ve paid to heat or cool. This small change can really save you quite a lot of money.
If you like, you can convert your flat roof into a rooftop garden, or a space where you can really enjoy the weather. Plant greenery or even vegetables up there and you can easily help provide fresh produce for your family. This is relatively simple to do and effectively doubles your living space, as you can add benches, hammocks, or anything else to the rooftop.