The roof above your head – arguably our most important human possession, and yet how many of us know about proper construction and upkeep?

More homeowners are opting for modern architecture characterized by strong horizontal lines, large, expansive windows, and flat roofs. While visually striking, some homeowners have doubts about the flat roof’s ability to withstand harsh windy equatorial rainfall.

Just this past Christmas holiday, residents in Entebbe were woken from their sleep to the sound of loud bangs and shaking beneath their feet. What they were experiencing is called a “thunderstorm.” Tropical rainforest climates have no pronounced summer or winter; it is typically hot and wet throughout the year and rainfall is both heavy and frequent. Some homeowners with faulty or unreliable flat roofs may have heard the sound coming from above. Flat roofs can be susceptible to water collection that can gather and stagnate in water pools.

The pools can cause serious damage to your home, but with proper construction and insulation, you can sleep assured knowing that the roof above your head can withstand the heaviest down pour.