Although flat roofs can be used in both residential and commercial buildings, you need to make sure the building design can accommodate a flat roof. By understanding the different types of flat roofs, you can make the right choice by considering their pros and cons.
This is not only a type of flat roof but also a brand name for a reputable roofing product. When compared to other roofing options, the Duro–Last® roof is less costly to install, last long and has very little maintenance requirements. However, for the roof to last as long as possible in top condition, it requires regular inspections from time to time.
Membranes are a part of flat roofing systems that protect the inside of a building from weather elements. The membrane of a flat roof plays an important role in making the roof effective. Besides using nails or glue to hold the membrane in place, gravel or rubber can also be added on top of the membrane to protect it and maintain its functionality. For this reason, most membranes roofs are installed by a contractor because they require professional skills, experience and professional tools and equipment to install.
Since there are different types of membranes for use in flat roofs, your choice will be determined by your budget, preference and functionality of the membrane. To make a sound decision, you need to research each type of membrane and evaluate its pros and cons. You can also seek professional advice from a roofer. Here are some examples of membrane flat roofs:
- Thermoplastic (TPO) membranes – It is also known as thermoplastic roofing systems. For you to install TPO membranes, you need professional roofing services to plan, design and install the roofing materials. TPO involves the use of a roofing membrane that expands and contracts as the weather changes rather than becoming brittle, drying out and becoming susceptible to physical damage. Manufacture and installation of TPO membranes involve the use of environmentally friendly concepts. These types of roofs do not have any negative impact on the environment whatsoever. Since there are no plasticizers added to TPO membranes, TPO does not degrade under UV radiation, thus increasing its lifespan. These membranes are available in white, grey and black colors depending on what you prefer. The white roofing material is highly recommended especially in areas with high temperatures because it reduces the heat island effect and solar heat gain in the building.
- Rubber membranes – Rubber roofing membranes are quite different from TPO membranes. Rubber is a bad conductor of heat, so it keeps the weather conditions off (hot and cold) by being strong unlike TPO membranes which contract and expand. Regardless of how the two membranes function, they will meet your roofing needs. However, discussing your roofing options with an expert is advisable whenever you don’t know the type of roof to choose.
Flat roofs are cost efficient because the space above and below the roof can be used for different purposes. Flat roofs also provide enough space for solar panels and other forms of outdoor recreational uses such as roof gardens.