Why Flat Roofs On Apartment Buildings?
One of the most significant reasons why apartment buildings have flat roofs has to do with cost. A building with a flat roof is cheaper to build than one with a sloped or conventional roof.
Flat roofs use less framing material, no shingles, tiles or shake … Plus, less labor! This can add up to a significant cost savings for the builder or property owner.
Apartment buildings that have a flat roof can also utilize this space; often allowing for HVAC equipment like vents, chillers, furnaces and more.
Having a flat roof on an apartment building also allows the builder or property owner to utilize the most square footage of the building for residents. This eliminates attics and crawl spaces that aren’t typically used.
Since flat roofs are less expensive to build, it just makes sense that they are also easier and cheaper to maintain. Because less materials are used compared to other roofs, a roof fix will not require as much materials and labor costs. Therefore, being cheaper to maintain.
Flat roofs still need to be maintained and protected from water leaks and UV exposure. Keep it inspected at least twice a year to ensure it is clear of debris, leaves and outlets are not blocked and the roof remained free to drain properly. Regular maintenance also extends the life of your roof.
If you see blistering, bubbling or cracking of the roof membrane, you more than likely have damage to your flat roof and it needs to be repaired.
If you are thinking about a flat roof for your apartment building 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.