What Materials Can Be Used To Cover A Flat Roof?


Do you have a building with a flat roof that needs to be replaced or repaired? If so, you may be wondering what type of material can be used to get this job done. There are many roofing materials available to you, with the following materials being excellent choices.

Rolled Roofing Material

One easy solution to cover a flat roof is rolled roofing material made with modified bitumen. Multiple rolls of roofing material are overlaid on top of each other to create a surface that the water can flow over on its way to the gutters. The direction of the seam ensures that water rolls over the roofing material instead of getting underneath it. 

Rolled roofing material can be installed using either a hot or cold technique. The cold technique involves placing tar over the surface of the roof and rolling the material on top of it. The hot technique requires that the tar on the bottom of the roofing material is heated with a torch as it is rolled over the surface of the roof. Both methods can be quite labor-intensive, which is why it can help to have a professional take care of this job for you. 

Spray Foam Roofing

You definitely want to consider spray foam roofing for your flat roof. Many building owners like this material because of how easy it is to install on a roof. It can be applied directly on top of existing roofing material without having to remove it, and the foam expands to fill in all of the small cracks that would normally have to be fixed. The foam creates a solid barrier without any seam, so water will not find a way through to your roof deck once the foam has solidified.

Spray foam roofing is one material that you definitely need to have installed by a professional roofing contractor. Not only does installing the material require professional equipment, but there is plenty of skill involved to ensure that the roof does not have dips. Mistakes can also be made where foam material oversprays and gets onto surrounding buildings and vehicles.

Not sure which type of flat roofing material will be best for your building? Reach out to a local roofing contractor that works with flat roofs. They can let you know how much each material costs so that you can make a more informed decision about the material you pick. 


15 July 2019

The Benefits of a Flat Roof

My name is Janet, and I am a professional architect and interior designer. While I love to design and decorate homes, I have recently developed another passion. I have fallen in love with the flat roof. Most people only see flat roofs in tall buildings in urban areas, but suburban homes can have them too. You can have a roof with a living space, a garden or even a pool. You simply need to design it so that water is adequately drained, and you can enjoy your roof almost as if it were an extra room. Explore the possibilities of flat roofs with me.