What do you know about a pitched roof? Well, making that informed decision begins with a clear understanding of what the fundamental structural differences between a pitched roof or a flat roof are. A pitched roof has a higher roof peak than a flat roof. This means that when rain or other weather comes down on your roof it can have more force to cause damage on the roof surface. Even though this might sound like an inconvenient thing to deal with, roofing work and roof repairs can be quite expensive. However, while this might be an inconvenient thing to deal with, roofing work and roof repairs can be quite expensive.
Most people who live in homes with flat roofs are familiar with the concept of living space. Living space includes the space beneath and around a person’s ceiling, including any walls and openings in the walls. Living space is also the area around a person’s windows and doors. Flat roofs and living spaces are two completely different things.
If you’ve ever had problems with water accumulation in your roof or with wet ceilings or floors, then you’re likely aware of how important it is to have a good drainage system. This is especially true with flat roofs. The angle of your pitched roof can make a huge difference in the overall effectiveness of your drainage system.
In commercial buildings such as apartment buildings, this is particularly important. One of the biggest challenges with flat roofing is the tendency for a rooftop to slope gradually with time. Eventually, even a small slope in a roof can become a significant problem. With a slight slope, rain water can easily pool on the roof and can even seep through. As well, wet ceilings or floors can allow moisture to get inside the building and contribute to mould growth and other problems.
Fortunately, there are some low slope solutions available that can eliminate this problem for good. The first of these is a single-ply membrane system. Single-ply membrane systems are made from a high density polyethylene (HDPE) membrane that is typically resistant to ozone and UV degradation. The membrane is applied to the roofing system either separately or in series according to the needs of the roofing system. The membrane is extremely effective at keeping water from seeping through into the building and soaking the ceiling and floor. Even so, it is important to ensure that all possible access points for water are closed using flashing or other methods.
As mentioned above, the most important thing to remember about pitched roofs is that they must be maintained properly. While a single-ply roof will stand up to wear and tear for many years, they will quickly start to deteriorate if not maintained correctly. The first sign that a roof is starting to deteriorate is a crack or leak in the roof. If a leak is spotted during the inspection, an immediate repair is necessary. If a crack or leak remains undetected, the roof will eventually begin to sag and flake over because the accumulated weight of the water on the roof will cause the roof to weaken.
If a roofing professional recommends roofing maintenance, you should make sure you are scheduling regular inspections with your roofing contractor. The inspection should involve both interior and exterior work. Make sure you know what the status of each area of work is and request periodic inspections. You should also ask your roofing contractor if the work being done will require any new structural work. Most contractors will put the roofing work on hold while the structure is being inspected; this helps the roofing company to focus on only the work they need to do on schedule. Most companies recommend having a licensed and insured roofing contractor inspect the roofing system if the roof is going to be live-in.
When live-in roofs are inspected, they are usually replaced with durable plastic or metal roofs. During a windstorm, most plastic roof systems are designed to break apart because of the wind pressure. The metal roof system often performs well under these conditions because the metal is often made of a thicker material. If a roofer has a recommendation for a roofing material other than traditional wood, the materials should be inspected for durability during severe weather. Lastly, you should make sure that the roofer you choose uses eco-friendly products when performing the work on your roof.