A flat roof is a very advantageous feature to have in a home. Calling it a feature however does not do it justice as a flat roof is so much more. It is an integral part of the structure of a property, both commercial as well as residential. In addition, it offers protection against rains, winds, storms, and also hot sunny days. And let’s not forget about the added square footage it brings to the property. You can use the horizontal surface of the roof to create a terrace garden, an outdoor living room, an entertainment area, and even a bar or restaurant.
So, if you want to benefit from all of the above, you can look into flat roofs for your home or commercial property. The one thing you need to check is the longevity of a flat roof.
A flat roof is quite resistant and can last for decades. Most roofs will last up to 20 years without any issues. Their durability however is dependent on a few factors. The first one is maintenance.
To ensure that your flat roof lasts as long as possible, make sure to look after it properly. Conduct the necessary check-ups and maintenance tasks to keep up its quality.
The next factor to determine the longevity of a flat roof is the material used to build it. Typically, multilayer roofs made of hot tar and gravel have a lifespan of 20 years. A roof that is composed of three or five layers of modified bitumen can last up to 10 years. An EPDM or TPO roof can also last up to 20 years. In most cases, lightweight materials are not only better for the structure but also more durable for the roof, therefore increasing its lifespan.
Another thing that impacts the longevity of a flat roof is the weather. Mild weather conditions are better for flat roofs. Heavy rains and especially snow, can deteriorate the surface and structure of a flat roof much faster, causing damages sooner.
Lastly, underlying problems with the property can also reach the roof and impact its quality. As a result, make sure to inspect your house or commercial unit whenever you see something not right with it such as leaks, strange piping noises, cracks in the walls, or other issues.
For more information on flat roofs and their specifications in New York, contact us at RH Renovation NYC. Our team is happy to answer any questions and assist you in your next home renovation project.