If you’re beginning to investigate roofing types then I’m sure you’re a bit curious about flat roofing. With a simple design and materials, a flat roof can be installed cheaply and easily. In fact, some have found flat roofing to be one of the cheapest roofing types around. Plus, there are so many types of flat roofing available:

  • Single-Ply flat roof
  • TPO Flat Roof
  • PVC Flat Roof
  • EPDM Flat Roof
  • Tar Flat Roof
  • Tar and Gravel Flat Roof
  • Built Up Flat Roof
  • Metal Flat Roof
  • Spray Foam Flat Roof

Certainly you can find a way to use one of these flat-roofing types and hopefully save some money on your next roofing project. Well, there is a strong possibility you may be able to. However, the type of roofing project you need completed will ultimately determine the best type of roof for you and it might not be a cost effective solution like flat roofing.

Here are the four pitfalls of flat roofing:

Large Area = Less Stability

There’s really no way around this one – the larger the area that needs roofing, the less likely a flat roof is suitable for the job. Sure many large commercial buildings have a flat roof, but this is only due to the buildings compensating for any extra weight on the interior. Unless a building is purposefully built to do so – it cannot hold the extra weight of a flat roof (if a large area needs roofing).

Not Great in all Weather

Due to the weight restrictions of flat roofs on some building types, many individuals find themselves unable to use a flat roof in snow-laden areas. Many flat roofs will buckle under the heavy weight of snow accumulation in the winter. Flat roofs often collapse when confronted with Mother Nature and all her might.

Short Life Span

Flat roofs often have great economic incentives regarding initial costs. However, these cost savings upfront may be hinder by the short lifespan of the roof. Flat roofs often only have a lifespan of 20 years or less. Other roofing types can last up to 50 years. You do the math.

Money in the Maintenance

Not only do flat roofs tend to last a bit less long, these roofs also incur more maintenance costs over their lifetime. While you may get lucky, I’ve found flat roofs require 20-30% more maintenance than other roofing types. Maintenance is never free.

Great Metal Roofing in Kansas City

I don’t mean to scare anyone off of the metal roofing “bandwagon” with these pitfalls. Metal roofs can be incredible for many individuals, especially when utilized in a proper manner. I only want to educate you.

If you’re considering metal roofing in Kansas City, please reach out to us at ICC Roofing today. With over 10 years of metal roofing experience in the metro area, we strive to offer the people of Kansas City the best metal roofing solutions available.