Flat roofs have been a mainstay in the roofing industry for over a decade. Over the decade, flat roofing saw significant improvements in performance and durability.
Flat roofs differ from their sloped counterparts in many ways. Material, appearance, benefits, and costs all put them apart. If you have never dealt with flat roofs before, it can be challenging to use them for the first time as a homeowner.
Built-up roof membranes were the first flat roof materials of choice before the advent of modified bitumen and membrane flat roofing systems.
Built-up roofs consist of several layers of material. They have a bottom layer of insulation board, several layers of bitumen alternated with reinforced fiberglass, and a top layer of gravel.
Asphalt cold-applied adhesive or coal tar are the most used materials in built-up roofs. Hot tar mixes with the bitumen-saturated reinforcing fabric to form a monolithic roof membrane. As the name implies, we build roofs in layers until they are two or four plies thick.
Modified Bitumen Roof (MBR) is a lighter alternative to BUR for buildings with gentle roof slopes. MBR uses the same technology as BUR with an added wear layer finish. Rolled sheets or polymer reinforced layers give the builder finishing options compared to other BUR systems.
Rolled sheets are usually rolled over a base sheet membrane. The torch application method involves heating the roofing sheet to melt the bottom material during unfolding.
Other types of MBR come with a self-adhering sheet. Manufacturers fit release papers on the bottom of the modified bitumen sheets. It eliminates the risk of using hot asphalt and torches.
Single-layer roofing is the latest roofing technology and material choice for flat roofs. It is also known as an elastomeric or an elastomeric roof membrane.
We classify single-layer roofs into two categories:
Thermoplastic membranes contain a reinforcement layer of polyester or fiberglass that adds to their strength and stability. It makes them ideal for large roof areas.
Thermosets contain synthetic rubber polymers. The most common single layer roof is ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM).
Single-layer roofs are installed in thin layers, making them flexible to withstand temperature changes.
A&E Brothers Roofing team of experienced roofers knows their way around flat roofs of all types. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, you can count on our flat roof installation services.
Trust A&E Brothers Roofing to deliver timely and cost-efficient flat roofing projects.
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