Modern housing architecture made popular a style that used to only be used in commercial properties in the past: flat roofs. Flat roofs are a refreshing way to give your curb appeal an upgrade. However, for all their merits, they are not without limitations. Flat roofs are prone to certain problems that are not usually encountered by their pitched counterparts.
Before you jump the gun on converting your traditional pitched roof into a flat one, let’s review the pros and cons of this versatile roofing system.
Big Budget Project
Conversions are not a simple done-in-a-day job like roof repair or maintenance services. It takes a considerable amount of planning and no small amount of funding to complete a full roof conversion. You will have to discuss all the details beforehand with your contractor to ensure that everything goes exactly as planned. Whatever amount you set as your budget, expect to add about 10% to 15% to the total as a contingency fund for any problem that might pop up.
Roof conversions will affect the architecture of your home. The sheer scale of the work will often necessitate a full upheaval of your ceiling, especially if the joists are not positioned enough to accommodate a flat roof. Additionally, the walls around the ceiling might need to be adjusted as well. This is something you need to take into consideration before doing your conversion.
Complexity Determines Costs
The design of your brand-new flat roof will affect how much it will ultimately cost. However, once installed, there are many ways a flat roof can help you recoup some of your expenses. For instance, applying a roof coating to the membrane can help extend its lifespan and improve its efficiency. Talk to your contractor about options to help increase the value of this project.
At R. Campbell Roofing, we can help you with all your roofing construction needs from start to finish. Call us today at (937) 866-1371, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote today.