While flat roofs are not as common as their slopped counterparts, there are still quite a few homes that use this style of roof. In this article, we look to shed some light on the approximate cost of fixing and replacing flat roofs. From the materials used to the kind of weather the flat roof is exposed to, there are several factors that impact the overall estimate.
On average, the cost of reinstalling a flat roof, including materials and labor ranges between $4 and $12. While that may be a fairly wide range, we’re taking into consideration an equally wide range of materials and even the brutal elements of the northeastern weather.
The right installation and materials could be the difference between a durable roof and one that will need frequent maintenance.
Types of Flat Roofs
The built-up roof
Arguably the most common type of flat roof, this type of flat roof is built by layering several materials over the other to increase durability. One key advantage here is that the roof is fire-resistant. It is also one of the more economical options. Given the smelly nature of some of the materials used (e.g. hot tar) it might not be best suited for residential properties that are continually occupied. The cost of this flat roof maintenance and repair will run you approximately $3.50 – $7 per square foot.
The modified bitumen roof
Slightly more expensive than the built-up roof, but a better option for smaller commercial properties, this flat roof consists of some rolled material between the layers. While peel-and-stick may be the way for DIY enthusiasts, professional installers go at it with a blow torch as they roll out the material. A flat roof that requires low repairs, its durability can extend up to 30 years! It will likely set you back roughly $4 – $6 per square foot.
The rubber roof
Think of this as a flattened tire that keeps out sun damage, tears, and scuff marks. Black rubber roofs are a great way to absorb heat and keep heating bills low. This kind of flat roof repair will cost you anywhere between $5 – $6. Another alternative is a roll of PVC. Being more labor-intensive, it’s a bit more expensive coming in at $7 – $11 per square foot.
The metal roof
Metal flat roofs are usually used as accents with other roofs. They’re great for shedding snow and also provide protection from fire and wind. They are the most expensive kind on this list – between $9 and $12 per square foot, but considering the many advantages they offer, it might be a good investment for you considering that they need little to no flat roof maintenance once they’re installed the right way.
Tightening the purse strings to save a few bucks for your flat roof repairs and maintenance may come back to bite you with a bigger bill. We recommend that you get a professional local contractor who can guarantee a good job with their A-class workmanship. Hynes Roofing & Siding has the credibility and expertise to do right by your flat roof. With several roofs across Philadelphia under our tool belts, you’ll find nothing but stellar reviews from the homeowners we’ve worked with. Get in touch on (610)-890-5620 or fill out the form below for an estimate from our team!