Any contractor could recommend a flat roof for its aesthetic value and convenience. Property owners should be aware that there are several types of flat roofs before carrying out any roofing repairs or roofing services.
Flat roofs also come with a 10 to 20-year warranty that can last up to 25 years, as long as they are properly installed and maintained.
When carrying out a roof replacement, homeowners should consider the following flat roofs:
This type of roof includes modified bitumen technology, which provides better resistance from UV damage and cracking. The felt roof is applied as a three-layer system that is comprised of a perforated underlay, a 2mm underlay and a thick 4-5mm felt. These layers are enhanced with a strong polyester weave within the felt, which helps to increase the roof’s strength.
Benefits: Can fit any size roof, it is highly affordable, it is available in a variety of colors, and it is resistant to damages. A damaged section can simply be repaired by torching a new patch of felt over it. From green and purple to gray and brown, felt roofs have a variety of finishes that give it a great aesthetic appearance.
This roof incorporates modern polymer formulations and can be used in a number of tasks, including paving. It can be laid on timber, concrete and metal, and it can be laid down even around curves. The asphalt roof has a durability of 40 years and longer, and this material is easy and cheap to repair.
Before installing this type of roof, ensure your roof is strong enough to handle the weight.
EPDM RUBBER ROOF
Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) is a true rubber. This roofing material is primarily used in low-slope buildings and is trusted for its durable nature and ability to resist damage from sunlight. It also features some of the lowest costs of any type of flat roofing material — around $.80 for every square foot.
It can be mechanically moored with fasteners, glued or ballasted with stone. Its leaks are easy to patch and it is resistant to tears and scuffs. Because EPDM is a lightweight roofing material your roof deck won’t need any additional reinforcement.
Top-quality EPDM materials and roof installation can give you a healthy roof life of up to 20 years.
FIBERGLASS GRP FLAT ROOF
Fiberglass flat roofs are a high-performance, low-maintenance roofing system. If properly installed, this roof is durable for up to 20 to 25 years. It is a jointless, seamless flat roof with dedicated roof resins. It doesn’t need to be welded either. This means you have a solid roof that is almost completely waterproof.
Fiberglass roof repairs are typically accomplished by sanding down the edges and applying acetone to clear the area. From there, a mixture of resin and catalyst (sometimes milled fiber is also added if the damage is deep) is applied to the repaired area and time is given for the mixture to cure.
Pro tip: This type of roof should be installed when the weather is totally dry.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane that is made from polymerizing together polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber. TPO is installed in either a mechanically attached, point-affixed or fully adhered system. This installation enables the white membrane to stay exposed over the roof’s lifespan.
If you want to install a single ply roofing membrane that is also energy efficient, we recommend you consider TPO roofing. The components of this roof allow it to have great flexibility in cold climates. More so, it has the benefits of the PVC and EPDM systems and is cost-effective.
The TPO’s white membrane offers great reflectivity, which enhances the roofs resistance to UV and heat.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF TPO ROOFING
There are a number of reasons why you should consider TPO roofing to be installed in your home or business premises. Here are further benefits of TPO Roofing than described above:
- It can work with solar panels, which would help reach desired levels of sustainability.
- It is 100 percent recyclable.
- It can be installed on both high and low slope surfaces.
- It can be heated and reshaped a number of times.
- It is flexible and highly resistant to tears, punctures and other sorts of impacts.
- It’s available in 0.045, 0.060 and 0.080 thickness.
- Its flexibility enables easy and fast installation
- It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance over its lifetime.
- TPO membranes come well sized, which can help to reduce the labor costs during installation.
- It is environmentally friendly, as it doesn’t contain any hazardous elements.
TPO roof systems have been installed in homes and business premises for more than 30 years now. The roofing has excellent aesthetic value and can be installed in a variety of homes. Some of the color options that it offers are light gray, white, and black reflective color options.