Heat fusion process. One of our experts uses a heat gun to seal the seams of flat roofing material.
It’s often difficult to decide what type of flat roof is best for your building. While some flat roofing treatments are equally suitable for new construction or re-roofing applications, others are not. Some flat roofing materials offer advantages in large-scale commercial projects, but cause problems on smaller residential roofs. Energy performance, maintenance requirements, and installation costs are all factors that one must consider when choosing a flat roofing material.
ECC Roofing & Siding offers services such as flat roof repair and maintenance and flat roof installations for commercial, industrial and residential customers. We have an experienced team of roofers who can help you select the right type of roof for your home or commercial building, or evaluate your existing flat roof to suggest the proper repairs.
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Even the best roofing material available will fail if it’s not properly installed by a professional. That’s why it’s important to hire a roofing contractor with the resources to complete a first-class installation. These resources include a courteous, well-trained crew; proper equipment and tools to do the job; and experience with the roofing material you wish to install.
The brief descriptions below will provide some guidance when selecting a flat roof.
Built-up roofing (BUR) is a classic. This “old-school” flat roof treatment involves the application of roofing felt (tar paper) and asphalt-based roofing tar, usually in multiple layers. A top layer of gravel or a reflective coating is applied to cut down on heat gain and improve durability. Maintenance and repair work usually call for more felt and coating layers to be applied. Over time, this adds weight to the roof and increases the mess and expense of its eventual removal. Though BUR remains an economical option, it can’t compete with more modern flat roofing materials in terms of its low maintenance, lightweight coating, and durability.
Modified bitumen is perfect for residential & small-scale commercial flat roofs. Because it comes in 3-ft.-wide rolls, modified bitumen roofing is easy for roofers to handle and apply. Basically, the roofer rolls out the material so that seams overlap. Seams can be fused sealed with a special adhesive or fused with a torch. Then a reflective coating is applied to the roof surface for durability and reduced heat absorption.
EPDM roofing has a trusted track record. Despite its exotic-sounding chemical derivation name, ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM for short) has the look and feel of an everyday rubber inner tube. EPDM comes in large rolls and is well-suited for application to any large, flat roof surface-- providing the substrate is clean and uniform. The flexible rubber material is glued to the roof substrate and to adjacent EPDM sections (Installation with mechanical fasteners is also possible). An EPDM roof can easily last 20 years with minimal maintenance, but its dark tone causes it to absorb a tremendous amount of heat. To prolong the life of this single-ply roof and reduce cooling costs, a reflective top coating is essential. Alternatively, you can pay for an EPDM membrane with a white top layer in order to reflect heat instead of absorbing it.
PVC roofing offers high performance for a low price. This single-ply roofing material is made from polyvinyl chloride, the same high-performance plastic used in plumbing pipes. Like EPDM, PVC is most frequently used for larger commercial roofing jobs. Seams between PVC sheets are welded together with a specially engineered heat gun. The resulting membrane repels moisture and has excellent durability. Because PVC roofing is white, it has excellent heat-reflective qualities without any coating or extra treatment.
TPO roofing is the affordable single-ply option. TPO is short for thermo-plastic olephine, which is the chemical composition of this fabric-like roofing material. TPO represents an advancing roofing technology that’s still being refined by different manufacturers. The material comes in rolls of different sizes, making it suitable for a variety of flat roof projects. It is installed with either adhesives, mechanical fasteners, or heat welding. Like EPDM and PVC roofing, TPO requires a clean, uniform substrate and it cannot be installed directly over existing roofing material. Although TPO generally costs less than EPDM or PVC, it doesn’t yet have the same history of proven performance as the other methods.
Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) combines insulation, flashing, & roofing. Instead of tearing off an old flat roof, SPF technology enables a contractor to spray on a layer of high-density foam that seals leaks, bridges gaps, and forms a waterproof barrier - even around roof penetrations like vent stacks. Additionally, the cured foam layer has good insulation value, helping reduce heating and cooling costs. Building owners who want to avoid the disruption, mess and expense of tearing off an old flat roof often find SPF roofing their best option. Once cured, the foam is coated with a sealant that protects against ultraviolet degradation.
ECC Roofing & Siding is experienced in a wide range of flat roof services for commercial, residential and industrial buildings in Cherry Hill, Vineland, Clementon, Bridgeton, Sicklerville, Rancocas, Mount Laurel, Hammonton, Monroe, Blackwood, Mount Holly and nearby towns and cities. It doesn't matter if you are installing a new roof or looking for flat roof repair; our professionals will inspect your building, go over all of your options, and answer any questions you may have. We take every step necessary to ensure that you are able to make an informed decision when it comes to protecting your home or business.
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