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March 24, 2023

How to Choose Materials for Flat Roofs

Flat roof designs have increased in popularity and it’s often considered to be a more efficient feature for buildings; they can definitely pay off for the longevity of a roofing construction. One of the greatest advantages to choosing a flat roof is the sheer amount of materials that are available for their construction. We are going to explore some of the different types of flat roofing and how they can vary based off of your budget and needs!

EPDM Roofing

EPDM roofing is short for ethylene propylene diene monomer. This type of roof can last up to 20 years with very little maintenance and it’s perfect for absorbing heat from the sun. Their collective top coating can reduce your cooling costs and it also prolongs the life of this roof which is just single ply.

PVC Membrane

This type of single ply roofing is made out of a polyvinyl chloride and it’s the same type of high-performance plastic that’s used in your plumbing pipes. This type of roofing is common in commercial roofing jobs and it requires welding material together with a heat gun.

TPO Roofing

TPO, short for thermoplastic polyolefin, is a material that comes in several different sizes. It is installed with adhesives, fasters and heat welding and it often comes with lower costs than PVC and EPDM. The coding on this material is usually based with a white color and it does an excellent job of reflecting solar radiation. This type of roofing does not have the same life span as some other options, but it’s a great choice for temperature control.

Modified Bitumen

This type of roofing is perfect for small-scale commercial roofs and residential roofs. It is rolled on in layers and does a great job at preventing heat absorption.

Built-up Roofing

This is a type of roofing that can hold on for years, it’s durable and it comes with reflective surfaces that can save on energy. Even though built-up roofing takes a bit of extra time to install, it reduces heat absorption from other areas of the building and it can make sure that you can enjoy a quality flat roof for years to come.

By working with a professional roofing company, you can decide on the ideal type of flat roofing that will suit the needs of your building!

This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, the best Pinellas County roofing company. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.

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