Roofing is the last thing a homeowner thinks about when it comes to home improvement. The roof protects the rest of your home. For your home to be healthy your roof needs to be healthy. All roofs are not made the same. In this instance, flat roofs are an interesting concept. Flat roofs do give a home a very modern look however they must be specially maintained so that there are no leaks. Here are your material options if it is time to replace your flat roof.
Built-Up Roof (Tar and Gravel)
Built-Up roofs are made by using hot tar, gravel asphalt and modified bitumen and is layered three times with plies of waterproof material alternated with hot tar and ballasted by a layer of smooth river stone. Once made of tar paper, these types of roofs gradually are using more-advanced materials such as fiberglass membranes.
Gravel can be a great choice because it is an excellent fire retardant and It’s the cheapest of the four roof varieties. The down fall of a built-up roof is that it is very heavy and your joists would need to be strengthened before
Modified Bitumen (Torch-down roof)
This is a single-ply roofing system that is rolled onto the roof surface. This system use to require that the this be heated with a blow torch which proved to be dangerous and now newer systems allow for this to be peeled and stuck to the roof surface. This is an environmental friendly option because it does cut back on energy costs however this material scuffs and tears easily.
EPDM (short for ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a true rubber that is a very durable material that resembles an inner tube, but it’s engineered to resist damage from sunlight. EPDM can be mechanically anchored with fasteners, ballasted with stone, or glued. This roofing option is a homeowner-friendly because it’s light and its highly resistant to scuff.
This roofing system is very reflective and very durable. PVC is easy to install and it can resist water ponding. When PVC is trolled out it must be taped or glued together. This is a great water resistant however it will not hold up for 10-15 years
Spray-Applied Roof Coating
Want to try a seamless application for your roof? Silicone roof coating systems can be applied by being sprayed on. It can resist pounding water and it’s great at reducing energy consumption. Silicone roofs are extremely sustainable and easy to maintain. No disruption to the inside of your home would happen because of its easy application. The downside of this application is the cost of it. Since this such a high-quality substance it is one of the top two most expensive roofing solutions.
Make sure you select a roof option that works well for your home and your budget. The roof protects the rest of the home so select something that has the protection and longevity that you need.