Are Flat Roofs More Likely to Leak and Should You Invest in Real Estate with a Flat Roof?
A flat roof is not designed with a clear path for water to run off quickly like with steep-sloped roofs. This can allow moisture to collect on the surface of the roof. Therefore, allowing them to be more prone to leak.
As you can imagine, drainage is the biggest drawback to a roof that is flat. While they do have a slight slope to them allowing for drainage, this is not nearly as beneficial as a steep-sloped roof. Making a roof that is flat more prone to leaks.
One way to stop a this type of roof from leaking is by installing flashing. This helps you seal the seams around chimneys, vents, gutters and helps prevent water ingress. This will also help the water drain towards the gutters, then to the downspouts and away from the house and the foundation.
This may sound like a roof that is flat is not an attractive alternative, there are benefits to having a this type of roof. One of the biggest benefit to a flat roof is they are considered one of the most energy efficient roofing options available.
If you are thinking about having a flat roof installed, the best product is EPDM rubber. It is a pliable material and it withstands UV rays but can also stand up to severe weather conditions (a must for living in the Kansas City area).
Plus, the maintenance on this type of roof is typically less than on a steep-sloped roof. Applying roof coating and sealant can help preserve the life span of your roof.
If you are thinking about a flat roof for your home or business, call BB Roofing today. BB Roofing has HAAG certified inspectors in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa that will ensure your home has not been damaged. We will work with you to put together the best solution to getting it fixed; a solution that works with your budget and timeline.