The best style and shape of roof and the best type of roofing material is going to differ a lot by where you live. The type of roof best suited for weathering hurricanes in Florida is not the best roof for Calgarian blizzards. So when it comes to understanding how a roof affects your home and it’s efficiency, first you’ll need to understand what you want that roof to do for you.
Keep out the Cold. For Canadians who regularly deal with below 0 temperatures and hail, rubber roofing has become a favourite. This is because rubber roofing is highly resistant to impact damage from hail, and it’s inherently insulating. Regardless of whether you choose a flat roof or a pitched roof, rubber roofing is likely a good option for Canadians. However, because flat roofs are more evenly insulated, they offer extra energy savings and efficiency. This makes a flat roof with the right roofing membrane one of the best options for keeping out the cold.
Green Roofs. A green roof refers to a flat roof that has been created to support soil and plants. Green roofs are particularly good for areas that receive enough rain and sun to support vegetation without any need for excess irrigation. In general, we recommend choosing plants indigenous to the area, as they will be best suited for survive in your particular climate. However, you don’t need to be a gardening enthusiast to benefit from a green roof. The thick layer of soil provides incredible insulation, and those with green roofs often see a cooling effect during the summer as well as increased heating efficiency during winter.
Every roof and roofing material is a little bit different. That’s why it’s important to work with a roofer whom you trust. They’re going to be in the best position to offer you a variety of options and share the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. Which roof is best for your home will depend on where you live and what your priorities are, so be sure to give the experts at Vanderleek Roofing a call. We’ll answer any questions you have about flat roofs and help you to make the right decision for you.