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The next time you walk outside, take a moment to gaze up at your roof. What do you see? Do you see even shingles that are all laying flat? Or do you see shingles that are starting to curl and that are covered in moss? You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof just by looking at it. If you are at all concerned about the state of your roof, then your first call should be to a roofing contractor. They can evaluate the situation and recommend repairs or replacement as needed. Learn more about roofing and roofing contractors here on this website.


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Everything You Need To Know About Flat Roofs

Lori Silva

Most homeowners think of the traditional, sloped roofs as the only option for a house. However, there are many types of roofs, including a flat roof. In fact, flat roofs have been used for centuries and are well known for their practicality and affordability. If you are considering a flat roof for your home or business, here's what you need to know. 

What Is a Flat Roof?

A flat roof is a low-sloped roof or a completely flat roof. It is often used in commercial buildings, but many homeowners have started to recognize its benefits. Flat roofs are constructed with different, very durable materials, including:

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Thermoplastic olefin (TPO)
  • Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM)
  • Modified bitumen

The type of material used will depend on several factors, including the building structure, location, and weather conditions.

What Are Typical Flat Roof Applications?

Flat roofs are used in various settings, from residential homes to commercial and industrial buildings. 


In residential homes, flat roofs are often used in modern architecture to provide a sleek and contemporary look. The aesthetic pairs well with mid-century modern and other contemporary design trends. Flat roofs are common for rooftop decks, sunrooms, and green "living" roofs. 


In commercial and industrial settings, flat roofs are an affordable and practical option for large buildings such as warehouses, factories, and shopping centers. The flat surface also allows staff to easily walk around and work on HVAC units and factory exhaust systems that are often located on the roof.

What Are Common Flat Roof Repairs?

Like any other roof, flat roofs also require maintenance and repairs over time. The most common repairs for flat roofs include:

  • Leaks: Most leaks occur due to flashing that has become dislodged.
  • Damaged roof membranes: Keeping the roof clean and clear of leaves, branches, and other types of debris helps.
  • Improper installation: Flat roofs require professional installation with roofers familiar with flat roofs.
  • Ponding water: Water that sits on top of the roof and does not drain, nicknamed ponding water, is extremely detrimental to a flat roof.

Regular inspection and maintenance can prevent these issues and more. 

If a flat roof for your home or business is appealing, it helps to understand what they are, their applications, maintenance needs, and common repairs to make the right choice. With the right knowledge and proper care, a flat roof can be a durable, practical, and affordable roofing option.

Contact a local roofing company, such as Berwald Roofing Inc, to learn more.