A large number of commercial premises have flat roofs. The term 'flat' is a bit inaccurate because the roof has a very low pitch to enable rainwater to flow off the roof. However, commercial flat roofing installation is the preferred type of roof for commercial buildings. There are practical reasons for choosing a flat roof because of its value to the business. These reasons include:
1. Lower Construction Costs
Because commercial flat roofing is a simple structure, the cost of construction is much lower than for a pitched roof. Flat roofs commonly have inexpensive synthetic materials, including thermoplastics and asphalt.
The more compact nature of a flat roof translates to fewer materials costs. In addition, the roofer does not need safety equipment, and the flat roof is easier to walk on, which makes it easier to work with.
2. Usable Commercial Space
Commercial flat roofing installation enables businesses to use the space on the rooftop for other things. This additional space can be used for offices or storage, and it provides a much larger work area. For example, a mall owner can add a rooftop café to offer customers more value. From a business viewpoint, the business saves on costs of more space rental.
3. Space For Roof Installations
The fact that flat roofs have no eaves allows more room for installing equipment on the roof, such as communications equipment and solar panels. In addition, flat roofs are ideal for HVAC systems because it is easier to install this equipment in more open flat spaces.
4. Easier Maintenance Because of Flat Pitch
The low pitch of a flat roof means that it is easy to clean. A large roof cleaning machine can be used to clean the entire roof in a single operation, without the need for individual cleaners. In addition, flat roofs are generally easier to repair than pitched roofs because all the elements are on the same level. This gives the roof a longer lifespan.
5. More Energy Efficient
Because flat roofs have no eaves, there is less heat buildup under the roof when hot, hence a lower need for the AC. In cold weather, there is less heat loss, enabling it to retain more heat and reduce energy use. In addition, flat roofs are usually built with materials that reflect heat, so they provide better insulation than pitched roofs.
Are you looking to put up functional commercial premises? Talk to a roofer about commercial flat roofing installation to suit your needs.