No building is complete without a well-constructed roof to provide secure insulation. As buildings have changed over time and taken new shapes, roofing systems have also evolved. For this reason, it is vital for building proprietors, architects, and contractors to be familiar with the roofing options available today. Commercial facilities, such as factories, warehouses, box stores, apartment buildings, and schools, are often built with flat roofing systems, as they are considered to be the ideal, most efficient roofing system available. LOA Roofing & Construction is here to help clients needing flat roof installation in San Antonio.

What Materials Are Used With A Flat Roof Installation?

Epdm Membrane Roofing

Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, EPDM for short, is a synthetic black membrane composed of rubber. This material is often recommended to clients looking to work on their garage roof or other areas that are visible from above. This is simply due to the fact that its black color makes dirt and other unwanted marks less noticeable. EPDM is known for being an incredibly durable material. When treated properly and fully bonded, EPDM flat roofing systems can last for as long as 30 years.

TPO Roofing

Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing systems are another popular roofing option for commercial facilities. These systems are white in color and help clients save a lot on their energy bills. TPO is a single-ply roofing membrane that comes in sheets that are 10, 12, or 20 feet wide. TPO is a popular choice due to its reflective surface (which keeps harmful UV rays at bay).

PVC Membrane Roofing

Just like TPO, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a white, single-ply membrane. Aside from its obvious aesthetic similarities, PVC is similar to TPO in its molecular structure and is installed through basically the same process. 

Nonetheless, PVC differs from TPO in that the material is more flexible and has been in use for much longer. PVC flat roofs usually last for a period of 25 years.

Standing Seam Metal Roof

Standing seam metal roofing systems involve a grouping of metal panels that are connected at the seams. This approach allows the metal panels to move freely when undergoing thermal expansion.

These roofing systems are among the best options for flat roofs, as they feature more color options. Moreover, they usually last for 30 years before needing to be replaced. When cared for properly, they have been shown to last for 50 years or longer.

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Pros Of Flat Roofing Installation

  • A Cheaper Option: Overall, flat roofing systems are easier on the wallet than their pitched counterparts. This is primarily due to the fact that the materials used in these roofing systems are cheaper and the installation process is safer (meaning reduced labor costs). Beyond that, any repairs that need to be made down the line will be cheaper than with a traditional roof system.
  • Flexibility: Flat roofs give clients more freedom in terms of how they are able to use their roof space. Air conditioning units, roof gardens, and terraces are all a possibility when choosing the route of flat roofs. These increased options allow for more comfortable social gatherings. 
  • Lower Energy Bills: Clients who choose flat roofs can save more on their energy bills. This is primarily due to the fact that flat roofing systems are better insulated than pitched roof systems, helping to keep heat out. Beyond that, it is easier to install solar panels on a flat roof. Clients living in areas like San Antonio pay exorbitant energy bills and are often looking for ways to cut costs.
  • Simple Installation Process: The installation process on a flat roof is easier and quicker, resulting in lower labor costs. In addition, businesses can get back to work faster, minimizing any reduction in wages. They are also easier to repair, which reduces costs in the long run. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding flat roofing in San Antonio.
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Cons Of Flat Roofing Installation

Better For Small Buildings

Flat roofs are typically only recommended for smaller buildings. Although they are an option for bigger buildings, these conditions usually come with additional requirements. In these cases, the building’s weight distribution needs to be modified to create the proper conditions for a flat roof.

Limited Longevity

Flat roofs last for about 25 years on average. While this might make them seem undesirable, it should be noted that their lower price tag counterbalances this con. The replacement and repair processes for a flat roof are cheaper, meaning that any future work will be affordable. At LOA flat roof repair & installation in San Antonio is much cheaper and takes less time to complete.

Membrane Shrinkage

The membranes used in flat roof systems are especially vulnerable to UV radiation, which can cause them to shrink over time. If this shrinkage is extensive, hail can become a concern. Those living in hail-prone climates should keep this in mind.

Flat Roofing FAQ's

Are flat roofs less attractive than traditional roofs?

Flat roofs provide clients with more space for socialization, giving them more aesthetic options. Some add gardens or terraces to the roof to improve the look, for example. It can be argued that flat roofs are in some ways more attractive than pitched roofs.

How often will my flat roof need to be inspected?

Roof inspections for flat roofs should be conducted about twice a year. These usually take place in the fall and the end of winter, as these times of year will be the most telling about the condition of the roof. Any period of time following heavy rain or snow is also ideal for inspection.

Can we stay in business while the roof is being worked on?

Businesses are usually able to keep running during installation or repairs. If the old membrane is left in place, during a redecking, this will allow businesses to run without the worry of exposing their clients to elements or other unwanted materials.

Why choose LOA Roofing & Construction?

At LOA Roofing & Construction we are known for our integrity and dedication to customer satisfaction. We will always let a client know if their roof is in good condition and a replacement isn’t needed, even if it means we lose a sale. We provide everyone with an in-depth, private consultation to ensure that they have all relevant information before making a decision on their home. 

We pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our clientele. From the consultation all throughout the construction process, we listen to any questions and concerns that our clients may have. Call us today to schedule a consultation in San Antonio, TX.

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