Modern Custom Homes. Flat Roofing
Nowadays, if you are considering to purchase or build a modern house, you probably noticed that flat roofing is in trend. More and more houses with flat roof appear throughout the Greater Toronto Area and look very modern and futuristic. Known for their convenience and space saving, compact and good-looking design, flat roofs are the best decision for smaller structures, including home additions and extensions, porches and garages. It is also being used to cover large size Modern Custom Homes. There is an opinion that flat roofs tend to leak when raining or snowing. In fact, a term “flat roof” is actually a misconception. In order to force water to drain away, flat roofs have a slight incline of a couple degrees. It is attached to the building’s ceiling joists and then covered with a waterproof membrane, which prevents it of leaking.
Benefits and Disadvantages of flat roof
Flat roofs are easier to install because they don’t have pitch. As result, it is also more efficient, because less material is required. It is much easier and faster to install, eliminating hazardous situations, than pitched roof.
However, flat roofs need to be monitored and maintained more than a pitched because there is sometimes no way for water to naturally filter away. This can cause standing water or even clogged drainage systems, affecting roof’s lifespan.
Flat roofs are designed to collect heat. No pitch allows the entire roof to be under the sun all day long. For South Ontario climate, it might sound appealing due to long and cold winters. However, you should remember that summer seasons are usually warm and you have to expect large energy bills, due to over usage of A/C to cool down your home.
Flat roofs add space to your upper rooms, eliminating the issue of having the walls with extreme angles, formed by pitched roofs. The best feature that flat roofs allow – is livable rooftop deck, patio, or even garden! You can spend time with your family or friends, enjoying views, sun and barbecue. And of course, no lie that flat roofs look awesome!
If you are planning to add a new roof to your home or you consider building a modern-looking house with flat roofs, GTA General Contractors is ready to assist! Our professional team can help to determine which roofing option is best for your individual needs. We design and build modern custom homes, home additions and extensions.