Residential & Commercial
Flat Roofing – Low Slope Roofs
Bowles Roofing is who to call when you need to repair or install your flat roof in Tallahassee and the surrounding area. Are you considering adding a lanai or a Florida room? If so, flat roofs are an excellent choice as they allow the roof line to blend well with the existing roof. Commercial builidings often have flat roofs as this facilitates installing and maintaining HVAC equipment, and frees up high traffic areas on the ground. Whatever your need is, Bowles Roofing is here to help. We bring nearly 40 years of experience to every job we perform. Entrust the long-lasting reputation of Bowles Roofing when you need to replace or repair your flat roof. Call or contact us today and let us help you make the right decision; our experts will lay out your options, then help you find the best choice based on your needs.
What is the best way to maintain a flat roof?
When installed properly a flat roof requires little maintenance but it should be inspected periodically. The key is to identify any low spots that could allow water to pool. If detected these can be leveled to avoid any pooling. Also, it’s always important to ensure the roof’s drainage is working properly.
When a Flat Roof Makes Sense
- Flat roofs are an excellent choice if you’re looking to save money on your utility bill. Flat roofs are ideal for applying reflective materials that will repel heat. These “cool” roofs also utilize insulative materials and a membrane system that will keep energy costs down.
- If you’re considering installing solar panels, a flat roof makes their installation and maintenance easy as well as safer than on a pitched roof.
- Because flat roofs take up less square footage than a pitched roof, they are less expensive to install as construction costs will be lower.
- One popular trend involving flat roofs is to use the space for outdoor dining, gardens and entertaining. Who doesn’t like to lounge about and star gaze!
Types of Flat Roofing Material
Choosing an appropriate flat roofing material is a two-part process. On one hand, you want a substance that has nice aesthetics while fitting within your budget. You also want to know the product will last:
- TPO Single-Ply Membrane: 15 – 30 years’ expectancy. Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane made from polyprophylene and ethylene-propylene rubber polymerized together. TPO is installed in a fully adhered or mechanically attached system and is arguably the most popular of all flat roofing materials. TPO membranes are composed of a single layer of thermoplastic material which is especially strong and durable. The seams are heat-welded to form a watertight bond. The welded seams are stronger than the material itself. TPO membranes, especially white-colored ones, are very energy efficient, coming with a 5-Star Energy Rating from the Department of Energy. TPO roofs have been vastly growing in popularity mainly due to their energy-efficiency and availability. TPO is said to offer the best of both EPDM and PVC in one package. The material is closer to a rubber roof in cost, but also features welded seems for durability like PVC membranes.
- PVC: 7- 20 years’ expectancy. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride and is another single ply roofing membrane that chemically bonds rubber, ethylene, and propylene as well as numerous filler materials. Like most materials used on flat roofing, PVC comes in a membrane form. This membrane is rolled out onto the roof and adhered to the deck either with adhesives or nails. Like its counterpart TPO, PVC is usually heat welded at the seams. This is important because seams are the weakest part of any flat roof and the heat welding seals the areas and keeps them watertight.
- Modified Bitumen: 10- 20 years’ expectancy and modified bitumen features an advantage since it is a multi-ply roofing material. A base layer is mechanically attached to the roof deck with plates or bars. Then a strong, durable Granular top surface is applied to provide aesthetic and energy efficient properties.
- Built Up Roofing (BUR): 15- 20 years’ expectancy is better known by their ‘street name’ of tar & gravel roofs, BUR is just that. Built up roofing can include up to four plies or more consisting of alternating layers of bitumen (asphalt, coal tar, or other adhesive) with a topping aggregate layer of gravel or other materials. Built up roofs have been in use for over 100 years with their biggest advantage being the ability to withstand traffic and collisions with elements.
- Coating Roof Systems: 15- 20 years’ expectancy- Silicone or elastomeric coating is an example of a coated roof. The material can be applied right over some existing roofs. The biggest advantage of a coated roof is that it has no seems and its wide array of uses.
- EPDM: 10- 15 years’ expectancy and is commonly known as a rubber roof. One of the biggest advantages of EPDM over a PVC roof membrane is a much lower price. The seams of EPDM are not as strong as the PVC, heat-welded joints either. EPDM also tends to absorb heat, which can drive up utility bills for the property owner. It is more widely popular in the North as the membrane itself retains heat.
Bowles Roofing replaced my roof in June 2020. Their bid was very competitive, their quality of work excellent and the communication was fantastic. Chase Bowles estimated our project and was my primary contact throughout – he is very knowledgeable and extremely professional. I highly recommend Bowles Roofing.
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