Flat roofs, once exclusive to commercial properties, are now a common feature in contemporary and ultra-modern homes. The material used for these roofs are restricted to membranes and coatings, of which there are many different types.
RTN Roofing Systems, your roof commercial replacement experts, shares the four best options for flat roofs.
1. Built-Up Roofing
Built-up roofs consist of asphalt that’s heat-applied to a bitumen base, creating a distinct monolithic-looking membrane. This is the traditional hot-tar-and gravel flat roof, comprised of three to four plies of waterproof material alternated with hot tar and a final layer of smooth river stone. It’s one of the most popular flat roof materials due to its multiple layers providing higher resistance to water leaks.
2. Modified Bitumen
This is a popular alternative to built-up roofing due to its innate elasticity and flexibility. It’s a low-cost material that performs well in low-temperature areas and is similar to ice-and-water shields, except it has a mineral-based wear surface.
What makes modified bitumen popular for roof commercial replacement is that it’s a naturally reflective roof thanks to its light-colored surface. This makes it one of the more energy-efficient choices for flat roofs.
More commonly known as “rubber membrane,” this is one of the more durable flat roofing membranes as it’s engineered to resist damage from the sunlight and harsh weather. It’s light, easy to install and has high resistance to tearing and scuffing. It’s more expensive than BUR and modified bitumen but it’s a good choice for property owners looking for a long-lasting roof.
Thermoplastic roofing membranes come as single roof layer. Like modified bitumen, it has a basic white color but can be found in other colors as well. From a distance, it looks similar to EPDM and looks tight and neat over the building.
At RTN Roofing Systems, we offer expert roof commercial replacement. We work closely with you to provide you with the knowledge you need to make a well-informed decision that results in the most cost-effective, value-based solution for your roofing needs.
We’ll help you pick the best roofing material for your flat roof. Call us today at (303) 578-1257 to learn more about our services. We offer roof commercial replacement throughout Colorado, particularly Loveland, Colorado Springs, and Denver, CO.