Edmonton Flat Roofing
When deciding which roof type to use for your home or commercial building, often the most controversial decision is the flat roof. Generally flat roofing is used on large buildings and also outbuildings. Due to the nature of a flat roof it comes with its own unique set of needs and challenges. Before you make the decision to have a flat roof in Edmonton, let’s take a look at a couple of the things that you will need to consider.
- The Weather
One thing that plagues flat roofs in general is their lack of drainage. Edmonton flat roofing may suffer more than most. A quick glance at the local weather in Edmonton will give you a nasty surprise. According to weather site Living In Canada, Edmonton has on average 6 months of snowfall a year. That’s a lot of snow, and what happens to snow. It melts. Leaving standing water on the top of a flat roof that due to its design will not drain as well as a roof with some pitch. So that leaves five months of decent weather right. Wrong! In fact when it is now snowing it is raining. Meaning even more standing water.
So what can you do to combat against this? The main thing is make sure that when the flat roof is installed, it comes with adequate drainage. It is also very important to keep an eye out for early signs of damage. Lastly, some flat roofs can be designed to slope slightly to the corner where drainage is located to allow water to effectively drain from the roof.
2. Utilizing the space
Floor space is a resource that will eventually run out. Now what if you could get extra space inside and out. Most people would bite your hand off right? Well that is what you can get from a flat roof.
If you are in an office, you could move you air conditioning units up onto the flat roof and free up some extra space in your office. You could also install some solar panels on the roof that will likely reduce your energy costs. If you are a homeowner contemplating a flat roof you could potential create a roof garden or even a nice seating area for friends. Truly the possibilities are endless.
Consider a Flat Roof
A flat roof is not going to win any beauty contests, however, they can be very useful. From additional space to reduce costs, a flat roof may provide several benefits that you may not have thought of. On the flip side, don’t forget that an Edmonton flat roof will have to contend with a lot of water throughout the year. As a result special focused should be given on ensuring that the drainage is more than adequate.
Whatever your decision be sure to take your time and closely consider whether the advantages outweigh the possible downsides.