It is a fact of life that if your business has a flat roof, it will eventually leak. This occurs because water, snow and ice is not able to run off of the roof as quickly, and liquids can find any breaks that are in the surface of the roof. The good news is that there are 4 different flat roof replacement options that you can select to update the roofing technology on your structure.
Flat Roof Replacement Options: Single-Ply Roofing
This is an affordable choice for those who are looking to replace a flat roof. This type of roof is easy to install, is very versatile and can be used by commercial businesses of all sizes. These are just a few of the selling points that help to make single-ply roofing one of the best flat roof replacement options.
Single-Ply roofing is roofing technology in which all of the layers of the material are applied as one layer to the roof.
There are several different types including:
● Mechanical fastened
● Completely adhered
A consultation with an expert installer will help you decide which type of roofing is best for the needs of your structure.
Flat Roof Replacement Options: TPO
If you are looking to replace the flat roof on your business, chances are you have heard of TPO. However, you want to know if this option is durable, competitively priced and efficient.
TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) is a type of single-ply material used in the roofing industry. As a relatively new material in the industry, it was designed to be an alternative to materials such as PVC and EPDM. TPO was also designed to be eco-friendly and cost effective.
There are three layers that create TPO material. These layers are:
● A TPO layer at the top
● A Polymer base
● Polyester fabric in the middle
Flat Roof Replacement Options: EPDM
EPDM, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, is a type of commercial roof that is typically used in single-ply roofing installations because it is not difficult to install and is easily available. Although this material was once associated with problems such as moisture and seam issues, these have been addressed and remedied by the addition of a vapor barrier.
EPDM is not as expensive as other replacement options, and fortunately that has not affected its effectiveness. When it is installed correctly, EPDM can have a lifespan of fifty years.
Flat Roof Replacement Options: PVC Vinyl
Polyvinyl Chloride is a material that is created from two sources, salt and fossil fuel. The fossil fuel is created by the use of natural gas or petroleum to make ethylene. The salt is derived in order to separate the chlorine through the process of electrolysis. The process continues until Ethylene Dichloride and vinyl chloride monomer.
The layers of PVC Vinyl are more durable than other materials, and that is why it has been the preferred roofing technology for over 4 decades. It is energy efficient, and the coloring helps to reflect the heat from the sun.
So, which of the 4 flat roof replacement options do you choose? Once you understand the severity of your flat roof issues, you can decide what your roofing needs are. A professional installer can help you choose the best alternative for your business.
Contact Montgomery Contractors Inc. at (910) 220-2172, or contact us online for more information.
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