Flat Roof Roofing

Building owners can choose from multiple different types of flat roofs. If you are faced with repairing or replacing a flat roof contact Accent Roofing to help you choose which is best for your building.

Built-Up Roof (Hot tar and gravel roof)

Many people choose hot tar roofing. Originally, a built up roof was formed from multiple layers of waterproof material such as tar paper alternated with hot tar. An original roof would have at least 3 plies of waterproof material. Today’s built up roofs feature more advanced materials such as fiberglass membranes rather than tar paper or in addition to tar paper.

The gravel used in BURs is an excellent fire retardant. Some areas now require fire retardant or resistant roofs. The top surface of these roofs has an attractive appearance when seen by anyone looking out from above. A built up hot tar and gravel roof is also the least expensive of all flat roof roofing alternatives.

Unfortunately, hot tar and gravel roofs are very heavy. The roofing framework must be built to handle this weight. Because of the use of hot tar, the instillation of this type of roof is hot, messy and smelly. Any contractor you choose should be experienced. Installing this type of roof yourself is discouraged. It can be tricky to find the source of leaks on this type of roof, leaving one to resurface the entire roof, hoping you got the leak. Gravel that slowly falls off can clog up gutters and drain spouts. After a hard storm it would not be unusual to have a small pile of gravel at the end of each down spout.

Modified Bitumen

This type of roof relies on a single-ply of roofing that is impregnated with a mineral based wear surface. With torch down systems the adhesive is heated as the material is unrolled. This does create a fire hazard during application. A newer method of peel and stick is much safer and easier. It can be installed by homeowners.

One big advantage to this type of roof is that the light-colored mineral surface will reflect heat from the Texas sun. This can cut down energy bills quite nicely. This roofing material is not as scuff or tear resistant as rubber membrane roofs. The cost for application of this type of roof falls mid-range.

Rubber Membrane

The durable material of a rubber membrane roof is true rubber that is made to resist damage from sunlight, which is important in Texas. The rubber membrane can be anchored with fasteners, ballasted with stone, or glued down. The material is light but highly resistant to scuffs and tears. Leaks are relatively easy to find and patch.

In warm climates such as Texas it is suggested that a light-colored coating be added because the standard black rubber will absorb heat. This adds to the cost of the installation which is already more expensive than other types of flat roof roofing, but in the end will help save on utility bills. Rubber roofs are more vulnerable to punctures than other types of flat roofs.

When you need to repair or reroof a flat roof call an expert like Accent Roofing. They will know if hot tar roofing is the best for your situation.

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