More and more we see houses that have adopted the modern seamless style of a flat roof up to the point that they have been characterized by it. With its whole idea bank on simplicity, it’s neat, uncluttered almost zen-type designs, the seamless lines of a flat roof make it simple yet attractive.
Apart from its aesthetics, it can also be functional. It offers us another living space for a lounging area. You could turn it into a Mediterranean living space or any style of your choosing. It can also be a garden. If you are living in a metropolitan area and you are longing for a space to grow your organic garden or the flower garden of your dreams, this space could be the perfect place for it.
But no matter what function you have for it, the bottom line is to make sure it is installed correctly. Since it is not as inclined as the traditional slope roof, water can easily pool and can eventually destroy the structure itself. With the wind, sun and all the elements of the outside environment, in time, your flat roof could be ripped off from the crevices, on the sides, showing no mercy to a poorly installed flat roof.
A properly installed flat roof starts with a good foundation or a base. In this case, it’s called a deck which can be a plywood or chipboard or known as an Oriented Standard Board (OSB) preferably 18mm thick. 1 Then it would have to be covered with tar paper, responsible for sealing it and making it waterproof. Gravel is then added to protect it from UV rays, which in turn protects the tar.
All materials have their pros and cons and it is just through due diligence that you will know which one would emerge the best for you. At the end of the day, all the materials will have a shelf life which means that maintenance is going to be needed at some point.