When building a new commercial office, many business owners focus intensely on the inside of the new commercial building, but tend to not think as much about the outside of their commercial building, including the roof. When it comes to determining what type of roof to install, either a flat or a slanted, individuals do not understand what these options are and which one is the best. Many contractors and roofing companies are telling individuals to select a flat roof for their commercial building. It not only reduces expenses but it can add value to the entire building.
Possibly the biggest benefit of having a flat roof is the accessibility it provides. When compared to other roofing options, flat roofs are more accessible because they do not have a large slope. There is a minimal chance that an individual will slip while on a flat roof as compared to a slanted or slopping roof. Some businesses like having a flat roof because it gives employees a place to go on their break when the weather is nice outside, especially if there is not a lot of land around the outside of the commercial building
Most people are unaware that even though the name of the roof is a “flat roof,” it is not 100 percent flat. Flat roofs have a very small, almost unnoticeable slope that assists in draining water off the roof that accumulates during a rain storm. This ensures that the roof does not leak and water does not start leaking into the commercial building.
Another added benefit is that is saves room space in the commercial building. With sloping roofs, a lot of times space is lost due to wooden beams holding up the roof which creates dead space. These areas cannot be utilized in any fashion. There is minimal dead space with a flat roof, increasing total space within the commercial building.
They are very easy to build. There is less surface area with a flat than with a slanting roof. If there is less surface area, then not as much raw material is needed to construct the roof. Because there are fewer raw materials needed, the business owner purchasing the flat roof for the commercial building does not have to pay as much money as they would with a slanting roof which requires additional raw material to construct. Flat roofs are also less physically demanding and take up less time to build. These two factors will also greatly reduce the price of building a flat roof on a commercial building.
Of course, the roof’s life expectancy is completely dependent upon how well the business owner maintains it. The business owner should have annual inspections done on the roof. This will not only assist in finding weak locations to fix immediately, but it will increase the overall longevity of the roof. The roof of the home should never be neglected. If a business owner notices something is wrong, like a leak, they should call in for maintenance immediately.