Flat Roofing Materials

Flat roofing is a lot different from other roofing because of its angle. Because of its lack of incline, it can be tough to get water or debris to run off like the other roofing types. With this in mind, it is again, crucial to pick out the best type of flat roofing materials for the job. Here, we will summarize the various types of flat roofing materials commonly available and are known within the industry.

Selecting Flat Roofing Materials

Flat Roofing MaterialsFlat roofs have extra difficulties associated with them. Because they do non slope rainwater does not mechanically run down the roof and drain off. It is absolutely vital that flat roofing materials are as water resistant and water tight as potential to prevent serious damage to the roof itself and to the rest of the building and it’s contents. New types and improved types of flat roofing materials are being used and while these offer more in the way of protection they are also more expensive as a general rule. There are still three main types that are used on a regular basis on new and older homes.

Built Up Flat Roofing Materials

Built up flat roofing materials consists of laying down several layers of tar and water resistant materials. Afterwards, the whole structure is reinforced and covered with gravel. This is quite an old technique but the introduction of new waterproof materials has seen the strength and durability of this technique increase. The gravel acts as a good fire resistant layer and can be made to look very attractive. It is usually the cheapest of the flat roofing materials available. However, it is very heavy and may require strengthening of the joists. It is also impractical to use on residential houses because of its foul smell. The downside of this is that the gravel used to protect the roof can clog gutters and other vital aspects of water drainage.

Modified Bitumen Flat Roofing Materials

Flat Roofing Materials ComparisonModified bitumen is another stalwart in the world of flat roofing materials. Long ago, it was necessary to use torch down techniques that involved burning the roll of material onto the roof. However, it is now possible to get adhesive varieties, thus cutting out the potential fire hazard that is sometimes associated. These adhesive rolls and are sticked onto the roof. The mineral surface that is used to create modified bitumen can be created in light colors, effectively reflecting the heat and sun. These flat roofing materials will cut down on your energy bills during the summer months, and it can even be installed by any avid and competent do it yourself fanatic.

Rubber Membrane Flat Roofing Materials

Rubber membrane flat roofing materials are another method of coating your flat roof. As far as flat roofing materials go it is durable and resistant to general wear and tear. Leaks are easy to find and repair, but the cost is usually quite high. The standard black rubber does not reflect heat and paying for a lighter membrane will cost you more. On the plus side, it is quick to fit and will cause little disruption to your house life during the process.

We hope this gives you an idea of finding the best type of flat roofing materials. Please visit our other pages for information on flat roofing materials, flat roofing and other roofing information.

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