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4 Materials That Work Great For A Commercial Flat Roof

by Dawn Henry

Having a flat roof is common among commercial buildings. Not only are they easy to walk on for regular maintenance, but they do not need to look pretty, since your customers can't see them from the street. When selecting a roofing material, consider one of the following 4 options that will work best for your business.

Tar Roofing

Tar roofing is also referred to as built-up roofing, or BUR for short. The material is constructed with multiple asphalt layers, with a coal tar layer on top. A gravel layer can be applied on top of it to provide additional UV protection.

A tar roof has the capability of getting very hot, and the heat can transfer to inside the building during the summer and spring months. Gravel will help provide an additional barrier of protection between the roof and the sun and help keep your building cool.

Spray-On Roofing

If you are looking for a cost effective roofing solution, consider a spray-on roof. It applies in two parts, starting with the initial foam that is applied directly to the surface of the roof, followed by an acrylic coating layer. An optional third layer consisting of sand or gravel can provide your roof additional protection. It will block UV rays from the sun, and help with waterproofing.

Single-Ply Membrane Roofing

The great thing about this kind of roofing material is that it is easy for most business owners to apply it without professional help. There is a thin protective layer on the material that is peeled off to expose the glue, and the membrane will stick directly to your roof. It doesn't apply with any fasteners, as it only uses a glue that has already been applied to the material.

It will help make your roof very light when compared to other roofing materials, and it is constructed out of thermoplastic polyolefin, rubber, or PVC.

Bitumen Roofing

Bitumen roofing material is very similar to single-ply roofing materials in terms of thickness, but it is made with a light surface that will help reflect the sun and keep your building cool. The material needs to be torched down for the adhesive to work, making it difficult for the average person to install it themselves.

If you are not sure about what roofing material is best for your business, contact Van Doorn Roofing Inc. or a similar contractor for advice. They will be able to evaluate your roof, and decide which option will be best for your building.