Flat Roofs Versus Pitched Roofs – Which One Is Better?

For decades, there have been a lot of discussions in the roofing industry about what roof type is the most efficient – flat or pitched. There are so many opinions on this subject, that it would take us 100 pages just to sum all of them up. However, due to our immense track record in advising hundreds of homeowners that read our blog, we have the most important information you need to make a smart decision. Before we begin, simply know that the roofing type you will end up sticking with will mostly depend on your property, your needs and the location your house is in.

What Is Your Property’s Type?

The most important question of them all. See the type of roof you will end up installing will strictly depend on your property’s type. There are 2 main types of property and that is Commercial and Residential. Let’s talk about them right now and determine which roof type (flat or pitched) will be the best option.


I think you already know that most commercial properties such as service businesses, offices, restaurants, and agencies have flat roofs. This is simply because these types of properties are huge in size, so it doesn’t make sense for them to have a pitched roof. If that was the case, not only will you need a huge amount of investment to build that gigantic roof, but it will not look proportional at all. Every single startup business that needs an office to work in will not have a huge budget to spend – this is one of the main reasons why a flat roof is so convenient. Most flat roofs are built with EPDM – a rubber substance that is highly resistant to heat and cold temperatures.


When you think about residential type properties, the number one thing that comes to mind is normal housing that is built for families or people to live in. For residential types of housing, it makes sense to have a pitched roof because ultimately, a pitched roof is designed to last longer than a flat roof. Now, this does not necessarily mean that having a flat roof for residential property is not wise. Some people consciously choose to have flat roofs installed if the residential property is huge in size. However, for a mid-sized family, the property they will reside in will usually have a pitched roof just because of one factor – longevity. Secondly, when we look at a pitched roof from a design perspective, it looks way more appealing than a flat roof visually. This is also one of the reason’s why pitched roofs are more popular than flat ones.


Flat roofs are mostly built for commercial properties and businesses because they are way cheaper to install. However, from a maintenance perspective, they will collect more dirt, moisture and other residues like leaves or branches, thus requiring more maintenance. Moreover, their lifespan is much shorter compared to pitched roofs. Pitched roofs are more suitable for residential properties because they are more visually appealing, their longevity wins over the initial cost to get them installed and most importantly, they are the most popular roofing type there is.

How To Start Repairing Your Roof Yourself

One of the most beautiful things about our website and blog is that over 80% of our readers and people who actively engage with our community are roofers themselves. Alternatively, they are people who are passionate about the roofing industry which causes them to learn everything it has to offer due to their curious minds.

Well, since most of us here have been actively engaged in roofing work and projects, we wanted to write this article to those people who have never built a roof before, but want to start working on their own property’s roof, help out a friend with building one or perhaps they might even want to start their own roofing business right now, but the only thing that is stopping them is the lack of practical experience.

This article is for all of those people who meet these criteria. Today’s topic is super simple – how do you start repairing a roof? Before we dive into this matter, please understand that we will not be going through every single step you need to take because it would take us 150 pages of content in order to write an elaborate guide on all the things you must keep in mind and do. The whole point of this post is to go over the main steps so that you could have a short guide on how to do it in case you want to do roof repair yourself, or you want to hire a professional to do it but you are eager to be educated on the work they will be doing.

This article is for all of those people who meet these criteria. Today’s topic is super simple – how do you start repairing a roof? Before we dive into this matter, please understand that we will not be going through every single step you need to take because it would take us 150 pages of content in order to write an elaborate guide on all the things you must keep in mind and do. The whole point of this post is to go over the main steps so that you could have a short guide on how to do it in case you want to do roof repair yourself, or you want to hire a professional to do it but you are eager to be educated on the work they will be doing.

Preparation & Safety and Expertise – Key Things You Need To Do Before Repairing a Roof

The preparation stage of building a roof often involves all of the necessary things such as:

1. Having the knowledge and training necessary to fix your roof well

2. Buying all of the material and equipment that will be needed for the job

3. Having practical experience prior to doing DIY roof repair

First of all, you need to accurately determine the damage source that has caused your roof to start leaking or letting debris through in the first place. In order to do that, you must have a professional roofing ladder that would allow you to climb on the roof and detect the source of the problem.

Remember, that your safety is the most important thing in this situation, so before trying to fix your roof, we highly recommend choosing a trained and certified roofing professional to have a consultation about this. Secondly, you must have at least some level of experience at roof repair. Since most of our readers are skilled roofers, I think that lack of experience will not be a huge problem.

Having The Necessary Roofing Equipment Is Vital

Thirdly, you need to ensure that you have all of the necessary equipment (e.g. ladders, nails, shingles, heavy-duty gloves, nail guns etc.) ready so that you could not only do the job properly but also make sure to not cause any further damage to your roof by using equipment and tools that are not suitable for roof repair.

Picking The Exact Same Roofing Material Your Roof Is Built With

The next thing you need to do is get the exact roofing material your roof is made of. You can do this by consulting with the roofing professional that installed the roof initially, or if that is not possible, you can consult with the previous owner of the property so that he could point you in the right direction.

This step is crucial because using the wrong type of material could result in more damage to your roof. Finally, we highly recommend working on a roof with a few other people just to minimize the total amount of risk that will be involved as roofing is a dangerous profession. We do not recommend working on your roof alone.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor in Cedar Rapids Iowa

The topic we are going to cover is probably one of the most important ones we will have on our website. This article will be all about educating you on making the right decision when it comes to choosing the perfect roofing company in the area of Cedar Rapids IA – our hometown. The thing is, there are so many roofers in our city that it can be quite overwhelming. Especially nowadays, with the power of technology and the internet, it can be hard to truly figure out which companies are legitimate, have real reviews, are in fact certified by the BBB or at least have real work examples or testimonials. As experienced bloggers and industry leaders, our Sand’s Roofing Dallas team will give you all the insights you need to know.

Testimonials From People That Are Local To Cedar Rapids Iowa

The biggest mistake most homeowners make when choosing a roofer is they only look at the reviews a company has. Although considering how many reviews a company has and looking at their star rating is not a problem, you must always dig deeper than that. How do you do that? Look for testimonials – not reviews.

See the biggest distinction between reviews and testimonials is that testimonials are made by genuine people that have left a lengthy overview of their experience with a roofing company.

Moreover, testimonials can often involve a video review and the people who have taken some time out of their busy schedule to leave a lengthy review will often leave their contact details.

Secondly, you must validate the legitimacy of all the testimonials a Cedar Rapids roofing company has. Look for the following things to get this right:

  1. Find the contact details of the people who have left the testimonial

2. Dig out their project’s details (e.g. work example photos of their house)

3. Contact them directly and ask them their opinion about the service

If you manage to follow through with all of the things above for at least 90% of all the testimonials a roofing firm has, you can rest assured that the chances of receiving great customer satisfaction and service will be very realistic.

Look For Companies Who Have The A+ Rating By The BBB

It is very challenging to gain the favor of the Better Business Bureau because this institution is trusted all around the world and only the most professional roofing specialists can have the opportunity to get listed. If a business wants to get listed, it has to meet dozens of strict criteria, pass tests and gain specific certifications in order to demonstrate their competency.

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That being said, there are quite a few companies who might “pretend” that they have joined the BBB. This is why you must dig further and see if they actually have a legitimate listing on the Better Business Bureau’s website. You can even take this a step further. Some roofing Cedar Rapids IA professionals not only have joined the BBB, but they also have the highest possible, A+ rating from them.

If they have this accreditation and rating, you can rest assured that they’ve not only been providing the best customer service possible, but they have been doing an amazing job for a very long time because this is what it takes to be successful with the BBB.

Check Reviews Across Multiple Online Platforms

Some roofing companies who do business in competitive markets such as Cedar Rapids or Iowa City might only show their 5-star reviews only. This is the main reason why you should avoid trusting what is shown on their website.

Don’t forget to check multiple review platforms such as, Yelp, HomeAdvisor, Facebook and Google Reviews in order to get a better picture of what people have to say about their work.

About Us And Our Team At Sands Roofing Dallas

Hello there and welcome to our humble website called sandsroofingdallas.com. We are extremely happy that you’ve decided to visit us and we are excited that you’ve landing on this page because you want to know more about us.

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About Myself and My Experience In The Roofing Industry

My name is Robert, the main blogger that manages this website. I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where my family has started their roofing company called Sands Roofing Dallas. You might be thinking – why did you name your company that way if you’re living in Iowa, Cedar Rapids? My grandfather’s nickname was Dallas – he has started our roofing business so he decided to use his nickname and put it into the name of his roofing business. The company has been passed through generations and generations so roofing is not just a business for us – it’s the legacy of our entire family. I’ve been involved in roofing since I was 16 years old, when my father has taken over our little roofing firm. From that point onward, I really developed a passion for roofing, construction and home improvement in general and every single project my father allowed me to take part in was very exciting.

What Is My Goal With This Website?

The entire idea of starting this website was to help people out with all of their roofing needs an questions in order to grow our local brand here in Cedar Rapids. However, things have quickly shifted and when we started growing our local fan base, we have quickly realized that people were using our old website as a place to talk to other roofers and to get guidance, as well as advice on how to run their roofing business. The tremendous support and encouragement from our viewers and even customers that we have been providing roofing services for gave me the inspiration to start this blogging website and even hire a team of experienced writers who are involved in the roofing industry to help me out. We manage this website directly out of our office here in Cedar Rapids IA and the nr.1 thing that keeps us going is the engagement and support.

What Is My Vision For This Website?

When I first started blogging, I did this as a hobby during the weekends that fit in well with my roofing business. But now, as it is growing faster than ever, this new website that we have created will replace our old one and we will redirect all our readers to this website. My future vision for this web property is to make it an international online platform for all things roofing. This website will be visited by people who are actively looking for roofing advice, who want to start their own roofing & blogging website or for those people who want to learn from the best in the industry and start their own business right now. Check out one of our newest articles on how to build a roof DIY style and stay tuned for more content because it is definitely coming!

Best Roofing Materials For Residential Properties in Cedar Rapids IA

As previous business owners that have been working in the roofing industry and serving local Cedar Rapids residents for over 15 years, we have a lot to say about what kind of roofing material you should choose for your property in our city. See the biggest thing that makes our hometown special is it’s unpredictable weather.

Some of the sunniest and warmest days can quickly turn into cold rain, thunder, and even hailstorms in some cases. This kind of unpredictability of the weather in Cedar Rapids causes most residential and commercial property roofs to deteriorate faster compared to other states. We have been putting together a list of the best roofing materials you can choose that could maximize the longevity of your property’s roof. The list will consist of 3 main materials that have good options for design, are sturdy and most importantly – cost-efficient.

Slate – The Best Looking Roofing Material Long-Term

To be honest, slate has been our favorite roofing material of them all. Why you might ask? Because it’s easy to install, the material is extremely resilient against hot and cold weathers, moisture and most importantly it preserves heat very well during winter time.

As far as design options go, there are so many of them, but according to our experience, here are the 3 main colors that look the best on a slate roof:

1. Black/Grey Mix

2. Dark Red Mixed With Magenta

3. Dark Blue Combined With Red Asphalt Granules

Although these colors sound exotic for a roof, they are the most popular options most local Cedar Rapids people use when they are looking for roofing materials prior to the replacement or installation of their roof.

Metal – Sturdiest of Them All

Metal has also been one of the most popular options for a roof. The material is extremely sturdy and easy to install, however, when it comes to heat preservation and eco-friendliness, it is not the best option if your house has poor insulation during winter time.

When it comes to design, there are so many options to choose from. There’s virtually every single color metal can be painted with – this allows the homeowners that decide to get a roof installed be original and creative with their ideas.

As far as prices go, metal is more expensive than asphalt shingles, but cheaper than Slate. That being said, if you care about the long-term longevity of your property, you might want to choose slate as your material of choice.

Asphalt Shingles – The Most Cost-Effective Option For Properties In Cedar Rapids

Asphalt shingles are the #1 roofing material not only here in Cedar Rapids but in the entire state of Iowa as well. The biggest thing that makes this material special, is its longevity – this material can last up to 30 years. Asphalt shingles are quite limited in terms of design and color selection though. That being said, they’re easy to install and this type of shingles is preferred by most homeowners in our city because they are excellent at combating heat, hailstorms and excessive amounts of rain.

We truly believe that this information will help you make the right decision in terms of what roofing material you need to choose. Also, don’t forget to check out our article on selecting the best roofing contractors when you’ll choose your dream roofing material.

Contact Our Team

Want to contact us or reach out? Feel free to do that using our contact form below. We do respond to every single inquiry in order, but it usually takes us up to 24-48 hours to give you a response or answer your questions do to our growing fanbase.

If you would like to submit article ideas or send us questions that you would like to see covered in one of our articles, please contact me, Robert, directly using the contact form below as I do monitor all of the emails that come through.

If you would like to get your business listed on our website, we do accept directory submissions as well. All you have to do is contact us using the form and tell us a little bit more about your business. We will only accept real businesses who have a proven track record of:

1. Quality reviews, testimonials, and work examples

2. Who have been at least 5 years in the business

3. It would be great if you’re the member of the BBB (but it’s optional)

4. You must prove your business address (this will be verified by our team)

Connecting With Us Live

If you would like to talk to us live, we sometimes do live streams about the most popular roofing questions. We try to interact with our community as much as possible because, without you, our website would not be growing as quickly as now.

Also, don’t forget to like and follow us on social media because we will be monitoring our social media accounts daily. Visiting us on social media, engaging with our content and submitting your questions there is also a very good way to get a response because our bloggers do their best to interact with our readers on a weekly basis if the comments are revolved around business related things or requests for a new article idea. Thank you for contacting us.