Pros and Cons of Flat Roofing

Pros and Cons of Flat Roofing

Owning a building today comes with many responsibilities. Making sure the landscape is kept. Creating a proper space for the people who will be using the building. Ensuring that the building is safe from pests, rodents, and insects. Keeping the external appearance of the building looking beautiful for all of the possible curb appeal. One of the most important aspects of a building that is usually the most ignored, is the roof. Roofing today is an integral part of any building and it is a very complex experience. There are several choices when it comes to roofing. Flat Roofing is among the most popular ones. Finding the right roofing contractor, ensuring that the roof is being installed properly, waiting for the first rain to verify that it indeed was installed properly, and being grateful after knowing that you chose the right company to work with. 

Flat Roofs are no exception to this experience. While Flat Roofs are a great choice for roofing, they can also be troublesome because of the issues they come with. Here are some of the pros and cons that come with your Flat Roofing experience.


  • Installation process costs less due to the fact that it’s easier to install.
  • Maintenance is significantly cheaper because the flat roof is easier to navigate.
  • Building space is maximized since there is no slope.
  • Access for maintenance and repair is easily available.
  • Wind and storm damage is minimized.
  • Flexible spacing for mechanical equipment.
  • Heating and Cooling spacing creates Energy efficiency.

Common Flat Roofing Problems:

  • Debris accumulated on roof
  • Ponding water that remains for over 48 hours
  • Clear signs of drainage issues
  • Roof leak damage on the exterior of the building
  • Poorly installed equipment
  • Signs of buckling
  • Visual punctures, holes cracks, curling, blisters

The benefits that flat roofs offer definitely outweigh the cons. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your investment, here are some of the things to look for when choosing your Roofing Contractor. Make sure that you choose a specialized roofing contractor. They will have the knowledge and experience to properly inspect your roof and present you with a customized plan for your specific needs. A good contractor should offer you options based on your budget and the length of time you will have ownership of the building. Above all, the roofing firm should have many years of experience with flat roofs with enough references to provide you with a peace of mind.

Flat Roofing Repair Solutions and Options

To repair flat roofing problems as listed above, a roofing contractor may replace certain components and repair others. Special techniques and materials can be used to eliminate specific roof issues. Flat roofs with equipment or high foot traffic need particular care.

A roof coating is an excellent choice for many flat roofs, as it can lengthen the life of the roof for many years and also save money on air conditioning costs (if it is Energy-star rated). When choosing a roof coating, ensure that the Roofing Contractor informs you whether or not this is an option for you. A coating applied to a roof with problems is not a good investment since all of the problems will still exist under the coating and those problems will continue to accumulate. Additionally, choosing the right type of coating from the many choices available is critical. Last but not least, your roofers should be trained and certified on proper application technique from the manufacturer.

Our Royal Roofing team members receive training several times a year to keep up to date with the most recent advances in the installation of Flat Roofs. This training in combination with our 40 years of experience makes us your best choice for Flat Roof Repair and Installation.

Give us a call in order to set up a free estimate for your Flat Roofing Needs.


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