What Is A Flat Roof? What Are Its Uses?


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Shuja Zia Profile
Shuja Zia answered
A flat roof is basically horizontal roof which is the second option to slopped roof.One should keep in mind when opting for flat roof that it should be made of such material which allows water to flow freely because in rains it can create problems if the rain water stays on roof leakage and different problems can take place.

These days membrane covering is used for making flat roof. This helps in avoiding water to stand on roof.There are some more options also available for making flat roof but those are very expensive yet effective to serve purpose like metal, tin or copper material.Flat roof gives you option of terrace as well as utilization space on roof for future use and that is major reason why it is preferred so much.

In general flat roofs have no significant advantages but having flat roof can help you in making cheaper second floor on your already constructed house.These types of roofs are mostly common in Asian countries and the main reason is that those communities are used to such structures plus the population factor is yet another major reason to encourage such architecture.

I personally suggest that sliding roof is far more better than flat ones because the only disadvantage of that is some space is missed out other wise it has lots of benefits.
Nouman Umar Profile
Nouman Umar answered
The flat roof serves as a cover for the building and houses. It is almost horizontal in shape. They are used on the roofs of the building and houses so that the water does not stay there and can free flow from the buildings. They use a surface by which the water flows downward easily due to the composition of that roof in a flat way so they are called the flat roofs. The purpose of the flat roof is to vacate the water from the building of the roof so that the water does not stay on the roofs.

This is commonly used in the places which are very cold and where due to coldness the ices stays on these roofs and when it becomes water them just moves down from the room which can decrease the temperature of that building or house. These roofs are commonly use and many roofs are coming in market which provides better flow of water and have ability to observe and dry the water from the roofs. So this thing is called the flat roofs and the uses of these roofs are high in cold places. So this is all about the flat roofs.
Steve Johnson Profile
Steve Johnson , Roofing architecture expert, answered

I'm assuming you're looking for information about flat roofs because you're looking to replace a flat roof on your home (or on a porch that's part of your home). I hope I can help!

Flat roofs are just that-- flat, and they're primarily used in the roofing of commercial buildings. On residential homes, you'll find flat roofs on porches or at the top of gambrel style roofs. When the top of gambrel roofs are flat, you need to be careful of snow build up if you live in a cold climate like Massachusetts or Michigan.

And even if you don't live in a moist climate like the two states mentioned above, it's important (like Nouman said above) that you have proper drainage! Too much water build up on your roof can lead to lots of damage.

I hope this helps answer your question. It can be confusing learning about different roof styles because they're all different. Check out this article we wrote about different roof styles here:

An example:

A flat roof, like you asked about, has much different pros and cons than something like a gable roof. I wrote about all of them in this link in order to help homeowners like yourself get questions answered all in one place. Feel free to message me if you need any more help :)

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