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What is Flat Roofing?

Flat roofs are one of the most popular roofing options for property owners in Calgary. But is a flat roof really flat? How is it applied? Where does the water go? Our blog post has all the answers for your flat roofing questions.

Everything You Need To Know About Flat Roofing

What Exactly Is A Flat Roof?

As the name suggests, flat roofing is the process of installing and constructing a “flat” roof. In most cases, flat roofs are not ‘entirely’ flat as they do have some slope to them. They are as close to being utterly level compared to other roofing options. Flat roofs are popular for many homes but are considered a favorite for commercial properties.  

The Different Types Of Flat Roof System & Material:

There are three distinct types of flat systems:

  • Membrane or ‘Single-Ply’ Roofing
  • Built-Up Roofing
  • Modified Bitumen Roofing

Each of these processes are different, in terms of their longevity, maintenance, and styling options. For more information on which system works for your flat roof project, speak to your local roofing company in Calgary.

What About The Water?

Water is always the biggest concern that comes with flat roofs. If the water just sits on the roof, won’t it put pressure on it? As we mentioned above, flat roofs always have a degree of slope to them, as a purely level and flat roof will cause issues for your home. While there is a chance that some puddles of water might stay on the roof, in most cases, it will slide off into the eavestrough and down the pipes.

What Are The Downsides?

While there are many perks to having a flat roof in your property, there are a few caveats. You have to always keep an eye on growing mildew and mold, as it can spread if water is left on the roof for too long. At the same time, regular maintenance from a roofing expert in Calgary is required to ensure that the water flows off the roof and down the eavestrough. However, you can relax in knowing that it can last up between 20 to 50 years.

At City Roofing and Exteriors we take pride in our work and by serving Calgarians. We work hard to assist our customers in providing proper roofing systems to meet your budget and needs. We guarantee that you will be satisfied with our work, give us a call at (403) 608-9933.

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