Now as technology has progressed, roofing has become a trade that many claim to be experts in. Today's asphalt roofing materials are easier to work with and no longer need to be fabricated on site. But still, professional roofers that have the skill to work with a wide range of roofing materials are few and far between. One example of this is residential flat roofing.
Many builders and homeowners overlook flat roofing because they think it leads to problems. They think that no slope leads to leakage and many problems throughout the life of a roof. This simply is not true if done correctly by a professional. A flat roof can be aesthetically pleasing, adding a unique design element to your home that really makes it stand out.
Flat roofing materials come in a variety of types including; EPDM Rubber, Built-Up roof membranes, Tar & Gravel, and Modified Bitumen that a roofer can choose strategically based on the application. Every roofer will tell you that their product is the best, but a true professional will be experts in all types of flat roofing and be able to choose the best for each unique application. When installed correctly, flat roofs are convenient, easier to build and more affordable than a sloped roof.
A residential flat roof also gives you the option to install a beautiful roof top deck or garden; not to mention the added benefit to the environment. When you consider many asphalt roofs need to be replaced every 15-30 years, and the shingles end up in a landfill, the benefits of a flat roof are even more pronounced.
When installed correctly by a professional, such as MCAS Roofing & Contracting Inc, a flat roof is wonderful. But there are many disadvantages to flat roofing if done by an unskilled roofer. A professional will install your flat roofing in such a way to negate the disadvantages, but if a roofer doesn't know what they are doing, a flat roof can be disasterous. Without the slope, water can pool on the roof leading to leaks. To prevent leaks, the flat roof must be installed with tapered insulation to direct water flow towards drains. The flat roofing can also be heavier, so the roofer has to make sure the structure can handle the weight.
Don't let rumors scare you away from a residential flat roof, because there are many advantages including price, design, longevity, and the ability to use your roof as entertainment space with a wonderful deck! Just make sure that when choosing a flat residential roof, you choose to work with the best! Whether you live in Westchester or Putnam NY and can work with MCAS Roofing, or live out of state and need guidance on selecting a professional roofer, you can always ASK MCAS!