Always make sure that the material you choose is ideal for your roofing system. How your flat roof performs and looks largely depends on the material you’ll pick. It will also affect how long the installation will take.
Here are the most sustainable materials for flat roofing systems.
Also known as tar paper, felt is one of the most popular materials used for flat roofs. Bituminous felt is used as an underlay beneath tiles or as a cover for a flat roof. It’s waterproof, making it an ideal roofing material. Roofers use a blowtorch to secure sheets on torch-on felt flat roofs.
Your roof can contain three sheathing layers. The first layer is for moisture control, the next is for reinforcement, and the last one is the cap sheet. The felt material is made from bitumen from distilled crude oil blended with crushed limestone or sand.
Another top option for flat roofing is Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM). It’s a synthetic rubber, commonly used in single-ply roofs. This material is excellent for roofing because of its water resistance. Since it’s fresh- and saltwater resistant, you can install it in any area without worrying about getting a roof leak or damage.
Manufacturers utilize recycled rubber to produce EPDM. Rubber offers excellent thermal insulation, which helps with energy savings. You’ll notice a significant reduction in your heating and cooling costs when you choose this material.
Built-Up Roofing (BUR)
Contractors have been installing this material for more than a century. Built-up roofing is a mix of tar and gravel. Its installation requires multiple layers and takes time. This material is ideal for applications where time isn’t an issue. The layers form a watertight seal that prevents leaks, making it a great option for wet regions.
At Tedrick’s Roofing, you can count on us for all your commercial and residential roofing needs. We are the area’s best roofing contractor. Our team is committed to making your roofing experience relaxing, enjoyable and stress-free. Call us at (206) 824-3440 and (253) 499-9660. You can also complete our online form to request a free estimate. We serve clients in Auburn, WA, and surrounding areas.