Flat roofs always need more maintenance than pitched roofs
If you want to build Swamp Yankee Green then consider a pitched roof.
Cheaper to build, cooler to the chic set, roofs without pitch have a harder time keeping water out of your house and limit the attic air cavity that helps with venting and insulating.
Thus, flat roofs always cost more energy to maintain their manufacturer's design spec might indicate.
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Duo Dickinson Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinsons latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program. www