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When it comes to installing, repairing or maintaining commercial roofing systems, the costs can be outrageous. That’s why choosing the right type of flat roofing system for a commercial building is crucial. But, in order to be able to make the right choice, first you need to document yourself about the roofing systems available on the market today. As a reputable roofing company, we believe that our clients need to be well-informed and educated on their roofing needs.
Built Up Roofing (BUR)
BUR systems are composed of alternating layers of reinforcing fabrics and bitumen that create a finished membrane. This is one of the most common types of flat roofing systems and has been used extensively for more than 100 years. The key component of a BUR system is the topmost layer. This layer serves as a counterweight and provides protection against ultraviolet rays. It is one of the cheapest types of roofs, but unfortunately it has a short average lifespan – about ten to fifteen years.
EPDM is a single ply synthetic rubber membrane which, unlike the most common roofing materials, does not become brittle with age. EPDM will resist and flex to all changes in temperature without cracking or peeling, plus, it’s totally resistant to atmospheric pollution. It is suitable for all flat roofs, including extensions, garages, and especially commercial buildings. Installed by the right roofing contractor, EPDM roofing systems can reach a life expectancy of fifty years.
TPO is also a single ply roofing membrane which is highly appreciated for its insulation properties. If you’re looking for an energy efficient roofing solution, then TPO might be exactly what you need. It comes with impressive benefits such as UV resistance, increased insulation factor, durability, etc. However, it has some drawbacks. One of the most important is its relatively short lifespan.
Modified bitumen is an asphalt based roofing system that makes use of a standard asphalt base combined with either an SBS or APP “modifier” that provides both an increased level of flexibility and life span to the product. By modifying the original roof with the chemical compounds, the newer roof system is able to provide a more durable solution than the conventional asphalt based roofing systems and provide a higher level of elasticity to withstand the harsh weather elements. Modified bitumen is often “coated” upon installation to help protect against the weather elements as well as the harmful UV rays.
Whatever your decision might be, make sure you hire the right roofing company for the installation process. If you reside in Rochester, NY, then the right company is The Roof Saver – one of the best flat roofing service providers in the area. Call (585) 303-0734 and find out more about our services.