You may have been looking at new options for a roof on the home that you are building. In doing so, you may have heard of an option known as a “flat roof.” But is a flat roof really flat? Flat roofs aren’t actually totally flat, no. A well-engineered roof will be sloped just slightly so that it can drain properly. This means about .25 inches of rise for every 12 inches of distance on your roof. There are two main types of flat roofs that tend to be more popular than others: built-up and modified bitumen. These are commonly used in commercial roofing systems more so than any other type of flat roof. Today we will take a look at both if you are interested in finding out more about your options.
Commercial Roofers Installing a Flat Roof
Flat roof materials are easy to come by with the right contractor to take care of your project. Commercial roofing that has been installed properly should last up to two decades or longer. That’s if, of course, you are taking the time to have your roof inspected once or twice per year so that fixes can be made. That’s normal maintenance, you will find.
A modified bitumen roof is a single-ply roof. Single-ply means that there is only one layer of membrane that functions as both a waterproofing and weather surface. What makes this desirable is that it is so easy to install, which is why many homeowners do it on their own. But you shouldn’t be afraid to have a reputable company install your roof to ensure that no mistakes have been made.
A built-up roof is a lot different, and happens to be most like the traditional gravel roofs. They tend to be about an inch or more in thickness and are made from harder materials. This makes them difficult to puncture, which is another reason why they have gained popularity for businesses.
No matter what option you choose for your flat roof, the options are all appealing. They all have many benefits that are worth weighing when it depends on the livelihood of your business.