The Flat Roof Trend in Schools
If you look at school roofs throughout Ohio and beyond, you will notice that a majority of them are flat. Compared to most home roofs, which typically have a slope or peak, these buildings can stand out in suburban communities and other residential areas. In addition, flat roofs can experience challenges with snow and rain runoff.
Why do so many schools opt for flat roofs over sloped ones?
Benefits of Flat Roofs for Schools
The main benefit that flat roofs provide to schools is cost-effectiveness. Budget is a major concern for schools, which usually receive limited funds for construction from local government. Installing a flat roof is much cheaper than installing a sloped roof because they do not need as many materials. Peaks, valleys, and other sloped areas require extra framing materials and need a more complex design, adding to the overall cost.
In addition, schools have a larger surface area than most homes and must pay more to install a roof. Designing a sloped roof for a 60,000+ square foot school, for example, would cost much more than a 2,000 square foot house.
Flat roofs are simple and easier to install than a complex sloped roof as well. Having a flat roof helps schools complete necessary roofing projects quicker so that students can continue their studies. Lengthy construction could eat up school time, so schools opt for the fastest option.
Extreme Weather and Flat Roofs
One of the common concerns about flat roofs is their ability to withstand extreme weather. Without a slope or peak, snow would pile up on the roof and cause an eventual cave-in – right?
Not necessarily. Just like residential buildings, schools must have effective drainage systems to remove snow from a roof. In addition, flat roofs are not completely flat. While they may look flat from the ground, they do have a very slight slope. This helps move snow and water on the roof toward the drainage system.
However, the risk for pileup does exist. If an area receives a major snowfall, feet of snow can accumulate on the rooftop. Since there is so much snow on the roof, it takes longer for the snow to melt and the snow does not travel easily into the drainage system.
If too much snow builds up, the roof could cave in or experience water damage, depending on the situation. Schools should seek repair and clean-up services after snowstorms as soon as possible to avoid expensive, lengthy damage.
If your Ohio school needs commercial roofing repair services, contact Technique Roofing Systems today. With decades of commercial roofing experience and top-quality materials, the Technique Roofing team is ready to help boost your school’s safety and efficiency for 2019 and beyond.
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