Styles of Roofing Architecture: Flat

05 Oct Styles of Roofing Architecture: Flat

Due to the obvious necessity of needing a roof for shelter, every culture across any historical period has built them into their structured, despite having different methods of building them. Styles of Roofing Architecture is series about the various different styles of roofing that have survived the test of time and are in popular use in our country today. There is no one style of roof that is perfect. Your geographical location, price range, personal style, and practical needs must be applied towards choosing a roof. This series is meant to educate and help you decide…

Home design over yellow background, vector illustrationOne of the most obvious roofing types is that of flat roofs. Essentially, you are making a box, which is a natural inclination. Due to the age of modernism, these styles of roofs have developed more appeal over time, and have become particularly popular in urban areas, or geographically warmer locations, like the West.



Flat roofs are fairly simple to construct, and any roofing contractor should be able to build one with ease. When compared to other roofing styles, there is far less surface area involved on a flat roof, since they don’t have angles of pitch like other roofs. This means that there will be less labor hours involved in construction, and less materials will go into making it, saving you money!

Easier to manage

It’s fairly easy to get onto a flat roof and maneuver about. This makes conducting roofing repairs a whole lot simpler, as well as makes it easier to put things on your roof like swamp coolers, chimneys, or dishes/antennas. Getting on other roofing types comes with a higher risk of injury, due to their inclines and angles.

More space

In theory, flat roofing types means having more space on the interior of your home, since there isn’t any slants to cut into attic space. This largely depends on how you construct it. Upstairs rooms in your home also won’t need vaulted ceilings, giving you more wall space. Also, you could easily convert the top of your home into an outdoor area, such as a patio or garden!



The biggest thing to worry about with flat roofs is the damage that can come with precipitation. You need to constantly be on alert for standing water, as it can quickly cause water damage and rot materials if left unattended. It can be difficult to drain water on a flat roof, although some contractors use a slight slant in the construction to help with this problem.

Some extra work

Due to the risks of damage, these types of roofs typically won’t last as long without repairs. Also, due to the risk of water damage, you should seal the roof with a rubber system to stop water leaks, and continually update this every few years. If you don’t keep up with this, then it could be more expensive in the long run.

Only in dry areas

-As stated before, too much rain will cause tremendous damage to your home. Even worse than rain is snow, which can add a good deal of weight onto the roof of your home and cause structural pressure that can be dangerous. This is why this roofing type is usually found in drier areas, such as parts of the American West that have little precipitation.

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