During the entire time you live in your Denver home, it’s absolutely normal to think about a renovation project. More specifically, a flat roof extension construction. A flat roof extension design would add an extra room to your home if you want to make it bigger. Not just that, it gives your property a contemporary feel.
Here’s everything you need to know about a modern flat roof extension. In this guide, Ropa Roofing will talk about:
- The two reasons to tackle a home extension project
- Why use a flat roof for an extension (the advantages)
- Different options for flat roof materials
Let’s dive in!
Two Reasons to Build an Extension for Your Home
1. Expand your home
Want to make your house bigger than before? Whether you plan to grow a family or accommodate more furniture, building a roof extension is a good idea. If you’ll use the space beneath the roof as a living quarter, be sure to make it comfortable.
2. More practical than buying a bigger property
Instead of getting a new property, build an extension. Planning a new home is a stressful experience. Not to mention, it’ll cost you a lot of money. With a flat roof extension design, you wouldn’t need to move out. It’s also one of the best ways to increase property value.
Benefits of Using a Flat Roof for an Extension
1. You can also utilize the space above
Constructing a pitched roof extension design will never allow you to maximize space. A flat roof makes an amazing choice. Why? You can use the space on top for a rooftop garden if you want to grow vegetables or small attractive plants. A game room or relaxation space would be nice, too!
2. Cheaper and easier to build
Property owners are drawn to flat roofs for their home design. One of the reasons why flat roofs are an appealing choice is that installation is fast and affordable. Contractors install one large sheet for an entire roof area. Not much structural support is required. With a sloped roof extension, contractors will have to install shingles piece by piece.
3. Matches any architectural design
Whether you have a cabin-style house or a Colonial house, it doesn’t matter. Flat roofs complement any residential property style because it takes on a neutral appearance. However, if you have something less contemporary, it’ll certainly add a modern feel to your home.
4. Easily accessible
Anyone can walk on a flat roof without difficulty. This is especially important for maintenance and repair purposes. You may also want to opt for a parapet to serve as a barrier. Installing a parapet will add safety to your flat roof.
Different Materials for Your Flat Roof Extension
The success of your flat roof extension depends on several factors. The material is a huge one. Homeowners often end up choosing a particular material because of the cost, longevity, cooling benefits, and color options.
If you want to know what you can install, consider these flat roofing materials:
1. EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)
We often think of EPDM as the perfect material for commercial flat roofs. EPDM also makes a good option for flat roof extensions because of the many benefits it offers. For one, EPDM lasts very long.
Its average service life ranges from 40-50 years (or more). Another fact is that roofing contractors install it with ease. Lastly, EPDM is can be recycled at the end of its lifespan. It’s an eco-friendly material.
2. TPO Roofing (Thermoplastic Olefin)
TPO roofs are great in that they resist algae growth and buildup of debris. Like EPDM roofs, TPO can be recycled at the end of their service life. It will also improve your home’s energy-efficiency because of its reflective properties.
Instead of absorbing the heat of the sun, TPO will block it. The result is that your home stays cooler in warmer times of the year. What’s more exciting is that TPO comes in different colors.
3. Torch Down Roofing
Compared with other flat roof materials, torch down roofing is the cheapest to install. A full installation costs you an average of only $3-$6 per square foot. Take note that this flat roof extension cost is an estimate. It changes depending on the material quality, manufacturer, extra features, and job complexity.
While torch down roofing systems are more affordable, they don’t last as long as EPDM. The average lifespan of a torch down roof is 20 years.
4. PVC Roofing (Polyvinyl Chloride)
PVC roofs boast of many impressive benefits. While commercial properties use them because they’re wind-resistant and fire-resistant, most homeowners choose them for flat roofs as well. Dampness and ponding water won’t wear down a PVC roof. And yes, PVC roofs help lower your cooling bills.
Read Our Previous Guide: 2018 Modern Flat Roof Materials Guide: Types and Installation Costs
Interested in a Flat Roof Extension?
If you want to expand your living space, you may want to consider adding an extension. Flat roofs are the go-to options because they’re affordable, easy to build and allow for space maximization.
Be sure to plan your flat roof extension design project properly. Determine the costs involved depending on the size of the roof and the material itself. When it comes to the roof material, get one that’s from a top manufacturer. Think about the durability, energy-efficiency, and environmental impact.
Last but not least, hire a local and qualified roofing contractor. We, Ropa Roofing, build flat roofs for homes and buildings in Denver Colorado. We specialize in EPDM, TPO, PVC, and Torch Down roofs.
We’ll help you plan a successful flat roof extension. We’ll even give you ideas on how to make a flat roof more attractive. Perhaps you want a garden on your flat roof, skylights, or another feature. Let us know! Check out our completed projects.
Call Ropa Roofing at 720-307-7143.