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Flat Roof vs Sloped Roof: What You Need To Know

Posted on January 4, 2018

Roofing Companies in Towson, MD

There is a lot of thought and consideration that goes into building a home. It is a place that you want to spend your life with your family and friends and create memories for years to come so you want everything just right.

One especially difficult decision is the roof design of your home. With the increasing popularity of flat roofs, many homeowners are asking themselves, “What’s the deal anyway?”

Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of the flat roof installation design for your new home in Towson.

Not Actually Flat

First of all, the term “flat” roof is just that, a term. There really is no such thing as a completely flat roof. All roofs must have some type of pitch, or slope, to them, or they will not drain properly. Roof slopes are measured in pitches. To measure a the pitch of a roof, you figure how much fall there is in a certain amount of space.

For instance, roofs that fall one inch over a 12-inch span are called a 1 and 12 and are called low slope roofs. Roofs with a pitch that are more than 4 and 12 are considered sloped. You cannot use shingles on a low pitch roof.

Disadvantages of Flat Roofs

One of the drawbacks of the flat roofs is that they are more likely to leak. This is due to the fact that the water is not shed as rapidly and tends to hang out on the roof. If your flat roof does get a leak, it can be difficult to find.  

While flat roofs used to be notorious for leaking, this is not the case anymore. Having a new flat roof installation in Towson does not have to mean leaks and deterioration. Many flat roofs now come with the same life expectancy as their competition.

Cheaper Installation

Flat roofs are usually cheaper to install because of there is less square footage of roofing material. They are also easier to maintain due to the fact that they are simply easier to get onto and inspect safely.

Energy Efficient

But one of the more popular reasons that many homeowners are choosing flat roofs is their energy efficiency. Flat roofs have a continuous insulation making the entire roof evenly insulated. Some of the roofing materials available for flat roofs are very energy efficient; some of the highest energy efficiency of any roofing materials.

Modern Style

While there are pros and cons to the flat roof or the sloped roof, if you’re looking for a modern style and an energy efficient choice, a flat roof may be the way to go for you. And if you’re interested in the modern “green roof”, the flat roof is the perfect choice.

If you’re just not sure if flat or sloped is right for you, you might consider a third choice. Somewhat of a compromise, the shed roof is a good mix of both of these options. It has a simple design for fewer problems than a sloped roof or flat roof.

At Allied Remodeling, we install roofs of every shape and size. We’ll send a licensed roofer to your home in Towson, MD for an inspection to help you decide which roof is right for you.  Call us for your free consultation and quote today.

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