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3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Contemporary Home With A Flat Roof

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Contemporary-style homes are low-storied buildings with simple lines, varying siding materials, and wooden beams that are sometimes more ornamentation than functional support. The home style, which was popular during the mid-1900s , often features a flat roof that doesn't detract from the clean lines of the home.

Flat roofs are actually low-pitch roofs, but the roof style still has some peculiarities that can help determine the best roofing material for a repair job. Here are a couple of the best and worst roofing materials for a Contemporary home that you can discuss with a roofing contractor.

Best: Standing Seam Metal

Standing seam metal roofing comes in large planks that are installed so that the edges abut. The edges are raised or vertical, which means that the abutting pieces form a series of peaks and valleys across the surface of your roof. These valleys can help quickly whisk away rainwater and snow into your gutter system, which is a valuable resource for a roof with such a low pitch that standing water can become a problem.

Metal roofing fabrication has come a long way from the days that the roofs were only used in industrial settings. You can purchase metal roofing in a variety of matte colors and textures that can help disguise the nature of the product. But since your roof isn't going to be visible from the ground, you don't need to go all out making sure the metal roofing looks fancy.

Best: Asphalt

If you have a tighter budget that doesn't allow for standing seam metal roofing, consider using asphalt shingles instead. Asphalt shingles are durable, lightweight, and relatively flat, which can help facilitate the water runoff. And asphalt is one of the most affordable roofing materials. Like metal roofing, asphalt is available in a wide variety of colors and textures to help customize the look of your roof.

Flat roofs are great matches for asphalt shingles, which are sometimes at risk of wind damage due to its lightweight nature, since wind rarely hits a flat roof straight on.

Worst: Wood

Wood shingles are textured and have an overlapping pattern when installed that can greatly help water off a roof – if said roof has steep sides where gravity does most of the work. The textured nature of wood shingles and the water-damage potential for the wood itself means that this isn't the best material for a flat roof repair project.

For more information, contact Economy Roofing or a similar company.


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