It’s no secret that every building needs a well-constructed roof to ensure proper insulation. Over the years, roofing options have expanded to accommodate various types of buildings and their specific requirements. Building owners, architects, and contractors need to know about the different roofing options available before embarking on their construction endeavors. Flat roofing systems are typically installed on commercial facilities. Factories, warehouses, box stores, apartment buildings, and schools often have flat roofs. They are considered the ideal roofing system due to their efficiency. Customers seeking flat roof installation in Houston can rely on LOA Roofing & Construction to get the job done.

What Materials Are Used With A Flat Roof Installation?

Epdm Membrane Roofing

EPDM, or Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, is a synthetic membrane made of rubber. It is a great option for a garage roof or other structure that is visible from a window, as its black color makes dirt and other marks virtually invisible. 

EPDM is an incredibly long-lasting material. Under the right conditions, an EPDM flat roof that is fully bonded can last up to 30 years.

Tpo Roofing

Unlike EPDM roofs, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing systems have a bright white color. These roofing systems are often found in commercial facilities and allow clients to save big on energy expenses. TPO is a single-ply roofing membrane and is manufactured in sheets 10, 12, or 20 feet wide. These systems contain both a layer of synthetics and reinforced scrim. 

Moreover, these systems have grown in popularity in the industry due to their reflective surfaces, which can prevent the passage of harmful UV rays.

Pvc Membrane Roofing

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is also a single-ply membrane that is white in color. Beyond the aesthetic similarities, PVC has a similar chemical formulation as TPO and is installed in a very similar process. 

What makes PVC different from TPO is that it is a more flexible material and it has been in use for much longer. PVC flat roofing systems typically last for about 25 years.

Standing Seam Metal Roof

Standing seam metal roof systems consist of a grouping of metal panels that are bonded at the seams. This allows the metal panels to expand and retract freely during periods of thermal expansion. Standing seam metal roofing systems are considered to be a great option for flat roofs as they come with more color options and are highly durable. These systems typically last for 30 years before requiring replacement. Under the right conditions, they can even survive for 50 years or longer. It should be noted, however, that the extra durability of standing seam metal roofs comes with a higher price tag.

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Pros Of Flat Roofing Installations

  • Cheaper Option: Flat roofing systems are a cost-effective alternative to the traditional approach (pitched roofs). Cheaper materials and a safer construction process (resulting in cheaper labor costs) are the primary reasons for this. Furthermore, any future repair costs will be much cheaper than those with a pitched roof.
  • More Flexible: Flat roofs are known for being more flexible than traditional roofs. This allows for more flexibility and added benefits, such as putting an air conditioning system on the roof. Beyond that, these roofing systems allow clients to add extra features like a roof garden or terrace. Clients can move the party to the roof for moonlit festivities. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding flat roofing in Houston.
  • Lower Energy Bills: Flat roofs give clients more opportunities to save on their energy bills. Solar panels, for example, are much easier to install on a flat roof than on a pitched one. Moreover, these roofing systems provide increased insulation, preventing the building from absorbing too much heat. This is an important factor to consider for clients living in Houston, as air conditioning costs comprise a large percentage of monthly energy bills.
  • Simple Installation Process: With LOA, flat roof repair & installation in Houston is a simpler, quicker process. As such, costs are lower and businesses can get back to work sooner, saving them a big loss of income. Furthermore, these roofs are easier to access and repair.

Cons Of Flat Roofing Installations

  • Ideal For Smaller Buildings: Flat roofs are mostly only installed on smaller buildings. While they can be installed on bigger buildings, such cases will come with special requirements. Usually, the weight distribution of the building needs to be rethought in order to create the proper conditions for this.
  • Limited Longevity: Flat roofing systems typically last about 25 years, which is less time than traditional roofs. Clients should consider, however, that the lower costs associated with this approach balance out the short lifespan. The replacement process for these roofs is shorter and cheaper, allowing businesses to save money.
  • More Involved Water Drainage Process: Many people mistakenly believe that rainwater ‘pools’ or accumulates on flat roofs. In reality, these roofing systems come with a drainage system that prevents this. Overall, it can be considered a con due to the fact that the system is a bit complicated and may require more frequent inspections.
  • Membrane Shrinkage: The materials employed in these roofing systems are prone to shrinkage, which results from the membrane’s vulnerability to ultraviolet radiation. Under such conditions, hail can become a bigger hazard than normal.

Please contact LOA, for further questions regarding flat roof installation in Houston, we are happy to help!

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Flat RoofingFAQ's

Are flat roofs considered unattractive?

Overall, this is a subjective issue that everyone will differ on. Flat roofs have more usable space, giving clients more options in terms of decoration and other uses for the roof. Adding a garden or terrace to the roof, for example, can improve the overall aesthetic of the roof.

How often do flat roofs require inspection?

It is generally recommended that roof inspections for flat roofs be carried out twice a year, ideally in March and November. This gives clients a better understanding of the roof’s status under varying weather conditions. The period following heavy rain or snow is especially important for inspection.

Can my business stay open while the roof is being worked on?

Businesses can usually stay open while repairs are being completed. In cases where the roof is being redecked, the old membrane is left entirely intact. This means that businesses can keep running since the existing membrane will prevent unwanted exposure to elements from the roof. 

Why choose LOA Roofing & Construction?

LOA Roofing & Construction has developed a positive reputation thanks to our fantastic results. We always prioritize integrity and honesty, and we let a client know if they don’t really need a repair or replacement on their roof, even if it costs us a sale. Our comprehensive consultations give our clients the information they need to make sure that they can make a well-informed decision. Our philosophy is based on customer satisfaction. We have a good rapport with our clientele because we establish strong communication with them. Reach out to us today to set up a consultation in Houston, TX.

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