When constructing a new commercial building, many business owners concentrate on the inside of the new building and tend to give very little thought to the outside. The roof is mostly treated as part of the outside. However, the roof is a very important part of the building and if not well constructed, your building will be at risk. When it comes to choosing the type of roof to install, many people do not know whether to go for slanted or flat roofing in Ottawa. Many commercial roofing companies advise business owners to choose flat roofs for their commercial buildings. Here is a look at some of the benefits of having a flat roof for your building.
Probably the biggest benefit of choosing a flat roof is the accessibility it offers. Compared to other commercial roofing options, flat roofs are more accessible, since they do not have a large slope. There is a lesser chance that one will slip and fall while on a flat roof, compared to slanted roofs. Some businesses choose flat roofs, as they give their employees a place to go and enjoy the sun during breaks, especially if there is no free space outside the office where they can relax.
Most people do not know that although the name of the roof is “flat”, it is not completely flat. Flat roofs have a very tiny, almost unnoticeable, slope that helps to drain water off the roof that accumulates when it rains. This ensures that the water does not stagnate on the roof, which could cause it to leak into the building.
Another benefit of this commercial roofing style is that it saves space in the building. With slanted roofs, so much space is lost by the wooden beams that hold the roof, creating dead space. There is no way this space can be utilized in a slanted roof. With a flat roof, there is minimal dead space, which increases the total space within your commercial building.
Flat roofs are cheaper to build. Since there is less surface area with a flat roof, the raw materials needed to build the roof are less. When there are fewer raw materials required, you will not spend as much money on the roof as you would with a slanted roof. Flat roofs also require less time to install compared to slanted roofs. Less building time and fewer raw materials needed for the roof greatly reduce the cost of constructing a roof for your commercial building.
Obviously, the roof’s durability completely depends on how well it is maintained. As a business owner, you should have the roof inspected annually for any faults. This will help to find weak locations and fix them before any damage can occur, and it also increases the longevity of the roof.
To enjoy the above benefits of flat roofing in Ottawa for your commercial building, you should get a reliable roofer to install it. Some of the qualities to look for when choosing a roofing contractor include experience, licensing, insurance and high quality customer service.