A roof is an essential part of your business’s success, and the design and structural integrity of it can improve the long-term viability of your company. For industrial and commercial roofing projects, experts recommend flat roofing. Why should you choose a flat roof?
There are many solid reasons for selecting this style for a commercial project over the sloped and pitched roofs found on homes. From saving space to easier maintenance and lower costs, a flat roof will meet all your business needs.
For Businesses, Flat Roofs Save Space
Flat roofs provide more available space to accommodate mechanical equipment, which is essential for businesses. Large commercial buildings need bigger HVAC units; storing them on a flat rooftop saves on real estate, freeing up more space within the building and other accommodations like parking. It also keeps safe from damage and vandalism, and it makes them more efficient: the unit won’t have to drive the cold air up, which can often take a lot of energy.
Flat roofs can also afford more versatile space to use on the top of the building. You can better adapt the roof for sustainable energy (e.g. solar and wind power) or even add a rooftop garden or urban beehive.
Flat Roofs Cut Down Project Costs
Pitched roofs are ideal for buildings like homes. Doing the same work for a large commercial building would be impractical and dangerous – not only on the installation but in the maintenance of the roof. Flat roofs are easier to install, as the workers can safely walk across the surface; there’s also less surface area and easier-to-install materials. All these factors result in lower initial costs for your commercial roofing project!
Flat Roofs Are Easier To Maintain
For flat roofs, it’s a general rule that maintenance and repair costs are generally lower than pitched roofs, as this kind is more easily accessible for maintenance and repair purposes. A maintenance worker can do the job much quicker – whether they’re a member of our team or an HVAC professional – when they can walk around on a flat roof than a sloped one.
A flat roof may also make it easier to identify leaks or parts that need repair. It also provides better wind resistance to reduce the potential for damage from storms!
Flat Roofs Provide Proper Drainage
You might be thinking about the drainage of a flat roof, but “flat” is a misnomer – all roofs must be slightly sloped to let water drain away. In the case of a commercial flat roof, the surface must be slightly sloped towards the middle or edge. Flat roofs also use high-quality waterproof membranes and water abatement structures to help encourage drainage.
For commercial roofing, practicality is key – you’ll want to maximize the useable area and lower the costs associated with building. Flat roofs are cost-effective, easy to install, and can be transformed into space for future projects. While they’re not as visual as a sloped roof, their practical purposes outweigh everything else!