Flat Roof vs Sloped Roof: Your Guide to Understanding the Differences

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Flat Roof vs Sloped Roof: Your Guide to Understanding the Differences

The climate you live in, the size of your building, and your financial situation are all going to impact what roof you chose to install. 

The big question is: flat or sloped? How are you supposed to decide on the grade of your roof?

You need to learn all the differences between a flat roof and a sloped roof before you commit to one or the other. 

Keep reading to learn the distinction between roofs and what will work best for your needs.

1. The ‘Inside’ Scoop

You wouldn’t think your roof would have much impact on the inside of your building. The amount of space you need to utilize could be a deciding factor in choosing a flat roof or a slanted roof. 

If you need every last inch of space for storage, shelves, or other fixtures, a flat roof could be exactly what you need. Flat roofs are ideal for buildings in cities with limited space.

A sloped roof creates a pretty interior and is more appropriate for residential homes. If you don’t need tall furniture or the extra storage space, a sloped roof ark could be perfect for your needs.

2. ‘Weather’ or Not

Winter storms caused over four billion dollars in roof damages in 2018. The climate you face is a big factor in choosing a flat roof or a sloped roof.

“Flat” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s completely level. A flat roof slope is minuscule but it’s there to drain water from rain or small amounts of snow.

A flat roof is still vulnerable to leaks. The best climate for flat roofs is warm and dry for that reason.

If you live in a place that gets heavy snowfall every winter, your best bet could be a slanted roof. The incline will allow the accumulated snow to fall to the side and lower the risk of leaks or a cave-in.

3. Now or Later

Price is another factor that varies a lot between flat and sloped roofs. Do you have a lot of money to spend upfront, or will you need to save now to spend later?

A flat roof will be cheaper upfront. It’s easier to install and takes fewer materials. 

In the long run, it may be pricier. The leaks will need repairing and that could end up costing you a good chunk of change in the long run. 

A sloped roof is more intricate and will cost more to build. A sloped roof will need fewer repairs over time and free up your cash for other investments.

Luckily you don’t need to know to build a slanted roof or repair a flat roof. Capital Roofing and Restoration has a variety of services to cater to your roofing needs.

Raise the Roof

Now that you know all the pros and cons of a flat roof versus a sloped roof, it’s time to make a decision and get building.

Give us a call or send an email and we can set you up with the roof that meets your specific requirements. 

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