Flat or low sloped roofs are a popular roof design for both residential and commercial buildings. Flat roofs give buildings extra space to use for recreation, storage, or building maintenance. Flat roofs make more space available inside the building. Instead of a sloped roof narrowing the roof at the edge, flat roofs allow the building to keep right angles on the roof, which makes it easier to take full advantage of the space inside. They are especially useful in warm climates in which snow and ice accumulation is not as much of a problem. Fort Worth roofing companies offer many different materials specific to flat roofs.
One such material is known as modified bitumen, which is asphalt with additives to make it stronger and longer lasting. A modified bitumen roof is laid down in multiple layers, adding more strength and thickness than single layer roof systems. With the increased strength of modified bitumen roofs comes increased weight, so the most roofs using this system need to be reinforced. However, modified bitumen is a very long lasting and strong roof material.
EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber, is a low cost rubber material used to cover flat roofs. EPDM is a single layer roofing material, often including factory applied adhesive, that makes it easier and quick to install.
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The cheap price and easy application makes EDPM a popular roofing material with an average life span of 30 years.
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a vinyl roofing material. Vinyl roofs are energy efficient because their light color reflects sunlight, preventing the sun from heating up the building on a sunny day. TPO, or thermoplastic polyolefin, is a roofing material stronger than EPDM, though not as strong as modified bitumen. TPO comes in custom colors so that building owners can customize their aesthetic look instead of having a plain, boring roof. In lighter colors, TPO reflects the sunlight, keeping the building cool and saving energy. TPO is also resistant to UV light and weathering.
Flat roofs can be troublesome for colder climates with lots of snow and ice, but for warmer climates such as Fort Worth, flat roofs offer many options for roofing needs. Whether cheap, strong, or customizable material is needed, flat roofs have the material available. Flat roofs offer flexibility in space needs, both on the roof and in the building, and the wide range of materials mean that there is a flat roof for every building.