What works for a pitched roof may not work for a flat roof. For example, various weather debris that easily falls off a pitched roof will not do so on a flat roof. Thus, what makes up a flat roof must be more resistant to outer forces. Two materials that work excellently for flat roofs are written below.
1. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Roofing
The fact that PVC is so often used for pipes should be proof enough of its effectiveness in repelling water. In addition, a PVC roof can also easily resist other hazards such as wind, hail, and fire. It’s very easy to install and won’t cause stress on your building’s structure due to its lighter weight. As it comes in many colors, you can choose a color that matches the style of your business or home. Choosing a lighter color that reflects sunlight and saves you energy on cooling is an option as well.
2. Built-Up Roof (BUR)
This type of roof is essentially made of gravel with multiple layers of asphalt, ply, and other things below. With each layer that you add, the roof becomes stronger against hazards such as falling plant and building debris along with hail, snow, and rain. The multiple layers also give BURs impressive longevity, with many roofs lasting for decades depending on how much you add to them. These types of roofs are also very easy to maintain, repair, and/or dismantle. It’s worth it to ask about a BUR roof when considering flat roof construction St Louis County MO.
In addition to carefully selecting a material, it’s very important that you learn as much as you can about flat roofs before having one constructed or buying a building that has one. If you don’t, you may find yourself paying a lot for your ignorance.