5 Compelling Reasons to Choose a Residential Flat Roof Design

Flat roofing systems are everywhere - but we often find them on commercial buildings. Now you may be wondering why we wrote this blog post on residential flat roof design….

A few weeks ago, we’ve gotten calls from people who wondered whether it’s possible to get a flat roof for their new house. We told them, “Yes, of course!”

If you have the same question, read this blog post. In here, you’ll learn the five benefits of a residential flat roof design.

Before you proceed, please note that flat roofs and sloped roofs have their share of advantages. One type isn’t necessarily better than the other.

Residential Flat Roof Design: Why Choose It?

1. Extra Roof Space to Grow a Garden.

Last week, we shared the reasons flat roofs are typical on buildings. The first reason was that flat roofing systems give people additional space at the top. As a homeowner, you get the same benefit.

Some homeowners appreciate the beauty of nature. They’re thinking of cultivating a garden where they can grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers. But the problem is, they don’t have enough space on the ground.

If this is you, know that a residential flat roof design makes a rooftop garden possible. Flat roof gardens are also great for buffering rainwater and keeping your home interior cool.

2. Flat Roofs Are More Economical.

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Yes, a residential flat roof design is cheaper than a sloped roof.

How good are flat roofs? They’re extremely good options for homeowners who would like an affordable roof. Not everyone has the money to pay for roof shingles. While roof shingles are attractive, they tend to cost more. Not to mention, asphalt shingles’ prices vary depending on the classification. There’s the 3-tab option (most basic) to luxury shingles.

Pitched roofs cost higher because they entail more materials. Thus, the installation cost rises. On the other hand, a flat roof has fewer materials and is easier to install.

3. Achieves a Modern Look.

Let’s not miss the fact that a residential flat roof design looks superb. We associate flat roofs with modernity. But did you know that they’re also common among ancient Egyptian structures?

Flat roofing makes a home look neater and more compact. It can also convey the kind of homeowner you are - savvy, tech-oriented, and a millennial.

Speaking of roofing appearance, some homeowners are concerned about colors. Thanks to recent developments, specific flat roof materials come in various hues. For example, TPO membranes have various pre-formulated shades like Colonial Red and Moss Green. (We install these roof materials.)

4. Lasts Many Years.

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Residential flat roofing will serve you for many years to come. But as with all roofing types, it needs maintenance to last longer.

Can you count on a residential flat roof design to last 25 years - even more? Yes, definitely. Different types of flat roofing have average service lives. We’ll discuss these various flat roof materials in the next section.

But remember that other factors come into play. Factors such as the weather, foot traffic, maintenance, and the quality of installation affect how long your roof lasts.

To maximize roofing service life, first of all, hire a qualified roofing contractor. Meeting this requirement ensures that your flat roof installation is done correctly.

Next, inspect your roof regularly for signs of damage. Look for the following:

  • Standing water
  • Rusted flashing material
  • Leaks
  • Water stains on your ceiling and wall
  • Blisters on the roofing membrane

It’s always best to call a roofing contractor when you suspect damage. Early intervention saves your flat roof.

5. Allows for Easy and Safe Access.

Without a doubt, sloped roofs are dangerous to walk on. This is why homeowners should never tackle a DIY roof project! A flat design allows people to walk on the roof safely. So if you’re tending to your garden, you shouldn’t worry about slipping and falling off.

What about foot traffic? Don’t worry. A knowledgeable and skilled contractor will recommend the most durable material. Great options that withstand foot traffic include PVC roofing and Torch Down roofing.

While flat roofs are safer to walk on, we caution against repairing issues yourself. A DIY job will void your warranty and mistakes lead to bigger damage.

Types of Residential Flat Roof Design Materials

By now, you might be asking, “What flat roof should I use?” Here are a few ideas to help you decide:

1. PVC

As we mentioned previously, PVC demonstrates resistance to foot traffic. The same goes to roof tears. PVC has heat-welded seams which means that it’s highly resistant to water. What’s the life expectancy of a PVC roof? The answer is 20-30+ years.


black rolls of rubber roofing membrane

EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer. It's made of synthetic rubber.

This is a rubber roofing material. One of the best things about EPDM is that it remains flexible even in changing temperatures. It won’t easily crack or split. Its average lifespan is around 22-30+ years. EPDM is very affordable. Here at Roper Roofing, we use top manufacturers for our EPDM.

3. TPO

It’s known to resist algae growth. To ensure durability for years, choose a thicker TPO membrane. Because TPO comes in various colors, homeowners are loving it as their home roof. GAF is a manufacturer that features great TPO color options. We’ll help you decide which color to use that match your overall home design.

Final Thoughts

As you can tell, a residential flat roof design delights the new homeowner in many ways. You get to grow a garden, access it safely, spend less, enjoy a beautiful roof, and more. Flat roofs are like sloped roofs in that they come in various materials.

Your roofing contractor should tell you the pros and cons of each flat roof. That way, you’ll be able to decide which one to use.

Start with a Roofing Contractor You Can Trust

Flat roofing is an important part of your property. Therefore, you'll want to work with Denver CO contractors that have extensive experience, proper equipment, and exemplary performance. At Roper Roofing, we install the following flat roofing materials:

  • EPDM
  • PVC
  • TPO
  • Torch Down

While you see these options under commercial roofing, know that we also install them on residential properties.

We’re a contractor you can entrust your roofing project to. This is because we’ve built a solid reputation for at least 15 years. As a local contractor, count on us to be available to help. Let us offer you a site inspection and free quote.

Planning a flat roofing installation work for your home? Call Roper Roofing at 720-307-7174. Let’s discuss your needs!

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