Low-Sloped and Flat Roof Options
A small percentage of homes have flat or low-sloped roofs. Both flat and low-slope roof options including EPDM Rubber, PVC, and TPO,
Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Home
Here are brief summaries to help you narrow your options or choose a roof that will suit your home and your purposes.
Wood shingles and shakes:
If you want a rustic yet handsome look, these are tough to beat. Think twice if your roof doesn’t get much sun, and choose an experienced contractor because quality installation is crucial for durability.
Other roofing materials
Corrugated Sheets: are profiled, double compressed fibre cement sheets;
Shingles: this is a bituminous roofing material equipped with fibreglass and especially used on garden houses and extensions. They are protected and decorated by granular minerals or a thin copper layer and they are available in various shapes and colours;
Bitumen Roof Shingle: an imitation of slates in bitumen. The low weight also allows a lighter roof construction;
Reed: this used to be a cheap roofing material in the past. Nowadays, it is mostly used for bigger villas, outbuildings or prestige projects. Reed has great insulating qualities but it is more expensive than roof tiles. It is best to entrust this to specialists.
Polycarbonate is a transparent, alternative roofing material which is especially used on sloped or flat greenhouses, verandas and carports.
Roofing protects your house against severe weather- and natural conditions and it determines the look of your home. Here you can find an overview of the different types and the most suitable roofing materials for each roof shape.
A thatched roof is full of charm. It can be placed in an open or closed construction. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages. This
sort of roof covering can last about 35 years. The insulation value of reed is very good, as a result of which insulating is redundant in most of the cases.
The pitched roof is by far the most popular roof shape. It is suitable for every building style and offers an unmistakable advantage: extra storage- or living space underneath the construction.
For the construction of
the sloping roof, roofers start from purlins, (prefabricated) trusses or prefab roof elements. A purlin roof is further finished with rafters, an inner roof, counter battens and battens. The trussed roof still gets a roof underlay, counter battens and battens. The roof elements are a whole of interior work, vapour barrier, insulation and inner roof.
The arched or round roof seems to be quite recent, but it actually appeared centuries ago in the shape of curved vaults or domes. Today, curved roofs have gotten a functional role as they offer more useable surface than sloping roofs.
The flat roof is making steady progress since the waterproofing materials have become much more durable as a result of technological evolution. Moreover, this roof shape is really suitable for modern architecture. People are increasingly giving new interpretations to flat roofs as well: a sun terrace, a garden terrace or just a functional surface for the installation of solar panels or photovoltaic cells.
Flat roofs are typically less expensive when it comes to installation and many homeowners like the added safety of a flat roofing surface. They are usually easy to access and in some settings, they do have a certain aesthetic appeal. Flat roofs are the most common type of roofing system used in commercial properties today, but they are not as common in the residential setting. This is largely due to the fact that they can require a good bit of maintenance, especially if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, snow, or high-temperature ranges. Flat roofs are mostly flat- they have a slight slope to allow for water drainage. It is important to make sure the roof stays clear of leaves, twigs, and debris so that water and snow do not get trapped and accumulate on the roof. This type of roofing material has a lifespan of only about 15 years and then it will need to be replaced. In most cases, a flat roof is not recommended for residential application. We experience a lot of dry periods during the winter, but we also get periods of intense rain and snow, which could collapse a flat roof. You’ve seen enough of those on TV to know that you don’t want it to happen to you.
There are three types of flat roofs:
Warm roof: in this case, keeping your toes snugly the insulation lies under the roof sealing. This construction method is most widely used, and it gives the best results as well. The construction of a warm roof starts from the supporting floor. This may be wooden beams or a concrete supporting floor. The warm roof is always positioned in a slightly sloping way in order to ensure good rainwater drainage.
Cold roof: Brrrr with this type, there is a ventilated air cavity between the roof sealing and insulation. This is the oldest shape, but it is no longer used because of too many problems with condensation.
The waterproofing layer mostly consists of bitumen or plastic.
Reversed flat roof: upside down!with this approach the insulation lies above the waterproof layer, so actually on top of the actual roof.