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The Cons of Flat Roofs

In our last blog post, we took a hard look at the benefits of flat roofs and learned that flat roofs have many benefits, including being affordable, being easy to install, and offering easy maintenance.

Texas Star Roofing has been serving the great people of the Dallas and Plano areas with the best roofing services available for over 20 years. We have the know-how, the experience, and the gumption to execute every single roofing job we are called out to do efficiently and excellently. We stand by the work we do on your residential or commercial roof with both labor and manufacturer warranties. If something is not up to your standards, call us; we’ll come to fix it right away. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the cons of flat roofs. Contact us today for your free roofing estimate!

The Cons of Flat Roofs

  • Limited options. With a flat roof, well you get to choose — wait for it — a flat roof. There are no gables, no domes, no vaulted ceilings, no belfries, no buttresses, no dormers, no pediments, no arches, and no gargoyles (ok, so maybe you could still have these). The best roofing materials for flat roofs are not as varied as with slope roofs, which limits your choices in color and design. Texas Star Roofing in Plano installs the best flat roofing materials. Call us today for flat roofing material options!
  • Inherently less stable. As you can imagine, the further you walk into the interior of your building, the less stable the flat roof will be because most of the roof rests on the frames of your building. You have to have heavier materials holding up your flat roof, as well as support beams in the middle of your building, which can be in awkward places at times. This also leads to limited options in terms of roofing materials. You don’t want extremely heavy roofing materials, such as slate, putting even more weight on your already less stable flat roof. This can lead to an increased likelihood of roof collapse, as well as an increase in the rate of structural deterioration that can lead to a roof replacement sooner than you’d like.
  • Limited lifespan. Speaking of structural deterioration, flat roofs don’t last as long due to the increased stress of the roofing materials because of the orientation of the flat roof. Most flat roofs only last between 10 and 15 years, which is very short in the lifespan of a roof, especially when you consider that some roofs last over 100 years, such as stone, slate, or clay. However, new innovations in flat roofing materials include rubber materials such as rubber shingles and rolled rubber, PVC, and polycarbonate materials. These are touted to last longer, but there is no definitive data since these materials are relatively new to the flat roof market. These are also more expensive than traditional flat roofing materials. Texas Star Roofing installs EPDM rubber roofing membranes (this is what the usual one piece of roofing material is called that covers a flat roof) in the greater Dallas area. Call us today for all your flat roofing needs!
  • Drainage and leaks. This con of flat roofing goes without saying, but drainage is a problem with flat roofs. Gravity is the force that causes water to run off sloped roofs, which helps to prevent leaks. With flat roofs, water tends to pool, and like an open wound, pooled water tends to fester until it infiltrates the roof and causes an infection a.k.a damage to your roof. Knowing this is a problem, professional roofers, such as Texas Star Roofing in Plano, plan for this problem in flat roofing and make accommodations because of it — ensuring the festering wound heals.
  • Limited places to install flat roofs. Flat roofs do best in warm climates with limited rainfall, such as desert or arid environments. In the tropical rainforest, flat roofs would most likely be a nightmare and would drown. Furthermore, insulation can be a problem with flat roofs since there is limited space to add insulation to a flat roofing system. This can then preclude the installation of flat roofs in colder climates as well. Snow buildup can be a problem and accumulated snow can be heavy. However, there is some recent push back to the arguments of insulation and snow buildup. Some will say that snow buildup serves as insulation in the winter months, which is true, and as long as the flat roofing materials are thick enough, there shouldn’t be a problem.

Why Texas Star Roofing Is the Best Local Roofer for All Your Roofing Needs

Texas Star Roofing serves the greater Dallas area with the best roofing installations, from pitched roofs to flat roofs for both homeowners and businesses. We are experts in the installation, repair, and maintenance of residential and commercial roofing systems, having been in business for over 20 years. We’ve seen it all in terms of roofing, and we’ve made our fair share of roofing mistakes. However, you can rest assured that we’ve learned from our mistakes, and on occasions when they do happen, we fix our mistakes for free. As the best local roofer in Dallas, Texas Star Roofing takes care of our customers.

Texas Star Roofing in Plano takes pride in giving you the best roofing system for your home or business. We work with all insurances in the event your roof replacement and/or roof repair was caused by storm damage. We also work with home builders for new construction roofs. We offer a one-year labor guarantee on roof repairs and a two-year labor guarantee of new roof installations, both commercial and residential. We have dozens of roofing materials to choose from, a great many of them are available for perusal on our website. If you are in need of a roof repair, replacement, or maintenance service for your home or business, contact us today for a free roofing estimate!