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Residential Flat Roofing

Flat roofs aren't architecturally logical, as rain and snow will shed much more efficiently off a sloped roof. Yet for historic, modern-style buildings flat roofs are at the core of the architecture, meant to reflect the broad horizontal lines of the natural landscape.

Historically, we see the flat roof's popularity among ancient Rome and Greece. Although they were predominately using marble or mountain stones, today's flat roofs carry this old-fahioned, yet still aesthetically-pleasing tradition. In historic S.W. America we see flat-topped buildings along mountain-sides made from squared rocks, the Pueblo method. Where there is little rock, clay is used defining the Adobe method.

Of course, you don't need to live in a modern house to deal with a flat roof. Traditional homes often have sections of flat roof—over shed dormers, above porches and garages, and on balconies.


But flat roofs take a colossal pounding from harsh weather, which is why they rarely last as long as a good sloped roof. Water collects atop the flat roof as the four roof-top ledges encourage; this calls for a gutter system untypical to your standard sloped roof. Fortunately, modern materials for covering flat roofs have significantly improved over the past two decades; some carrying warranties of up to 20 years, approaching those in favor of sloped roofing.

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