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Reasons to Have a Flat Roof

Apr 1, 2008
You might not have given the roof a very good thought when you were getting the roof of your home done. If you ever knew that a flat roof costs you much lesser than the usual roofs that people get done for their homes, you would have jumped at that opportunity. Atleast, I did, because it not only reduced my expenses but also added value to my home. Infact, if you knew of the other advantages of having a flat roof I am sure you would not hesitate to procure one for your house.

A big advantage of flat roofs is its accessibility. As compared to the usual types of roofs, flats roofs are easily accessible, as they do not have much of a slope. There is a very rare chance that you would ever slip from a flat roof and that is a big advantage as compared to sloping roofs. You can sit there during summer evenings to enjoy the cool breeze or count the stars at might or spend barbecue evenings with your family and friends; a flat roof provides you with many options to utilize it as well as to enjoy. Because of the same reason, flat roofs can also be used as terraces. So, with a flat roof you can also have a terrace, a personal space where you can carry on a lot of home activities, which you could not do earlier on the sloping roofs.

Though they are named flat roofs they are not actually completely flat. They have a slight unnoticeable slope that helps to drain away the water that accumulates during rains. This saves your roof from leaking and your house from becoming a pool. Another great advantage of having flat roofs is that it helps you save a lot of room space in your home. No space is lost below a flat roof as in case of sloping roofs. The structure of sloping roofs and the wooden beams are bound to crate dead space in side your house, which you can't use under any circumstances. But with flat roofs this dead space is reduced to minimum thus it increases the usable surface area of your home.

Another reason to consider a flat roof is that it is very quick to construct. As the surface area of a flat roof is lesser than that of a slanting roof, it takes much lesser time to construct as compared to slanting roofs. Again, lesser surface area also means less amount of raw material to be used, which in turn means that you need to spend less amount of money as compared to the construction of sloping roofs. Also constructing a flat roof is less demanding physically in comparison. Once again, this factor helps you save money that you can use during the rainy season or for other construction purposes.

As far as life expectancy of flat roofs is concerned, it depends upon how you maintain it. Another factor that influences life expectancy of a flat roof is the type of material you use to construct it. It is advisable to use the best quality of material because even if you invest more money for good quality of material still you would save money as compared to sloping roofs. A flat roof requires yearly inspection and you can increase its longevity with several things that you can get to know from the people who come to install your roof. Thus, a flat roof is not only a valuable addition to your home, but also has many advantages over a normal sloping roof. No wonder it is has become so popular nowadays.
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