The Pros and Cons of a Flat Roof

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When designing a commercial building, you have to ask a lot of questions. Everything needs to be exactly in order for things to feel just right. So much thought and care goes into planning, organizing, and decorating the building that business owners will often forget about a crucial part of the building. This part of the building is the roof.

For those who do put thought into the roof, they often opt for the flat roof, due to its convenience. However, it is important to think about both the positives and negatives of a flat roof, instead of going for what is convenient.

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Positives of a Flat Roof

The flat roof is a good choice because of its price point. It is simple to ask for a flat roof and be done with it. However, there are more benefits than it being economical. Having a flat roof gives you space to try new things.

A business owner could install a green roof onto their commercial buildings. A green roof is a rooftop that has been transformed into a garden by layering soiling on top of a water membrane. This would lower air conditioning costs due to the plants absorbing the sunlight. The business could also allow employees to plant fruits or vegetables as a perk.

A flat roof is also great for solar panels. Solar panels are extremely economical due to the fact that they transform sunlight into energy. Although it would be a pricey investment, it would benefit the business in the long run.

Negatives of a Flat Roof

There are a handful of negative aspects to flat roofs. One of them being that the often require regular maintenance. If the roof is not maintained, water can pool up which can eventually cause leaks or structural damage. Flat roofs are also prone to mold and mildew. However, with regular maintenance, these are not a serious issue.

Flat roofs are great because they are simple and economical, but it is important to know the ups and downs of them.

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