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3 Best Flat Roof Material Choices For NY Brownstoner’s
November 21, 2018

Deciding on the type of flat roof most suitable for your property can be difficult.  One type of material that may work for one roof, but does not necessarily work for another; meanwhile, other materials are a little more flexible and work for all sorts of roofs. While some flat roofing solutions work for large industrial buildings, on a smaller or residential property it may cause complications.  Several issues must be taken into consideration when deciding which roofing solutions work best for you – installation expense, upkeep and energy performance to name a few.

It is imperative to hire an experienced, reliable roofing contractor.  A contractor with the know-how and the means to get the job done with little to no hiccups provides you with a superb installation.  A skilled, professional and considerate crew, adequate equipment and tools, experience in installation and familiarity with the materials being used, are just a few things to consider when making your roofing decision.  Below are brief descriptions of the flat roofing materials available to help you make your decision. There is no doubt that flat roofing is the best material to use for Big Apple Brownstoner’s, the only question is which type is best for you.


Built-Up Roofing (BUR) is an older form of flat roofing treatment, not outdated – just a little old-fashioned.  Roofing felt (tar paper) is layered several times.  The top layer is either gravel or a reflective coating to reduce heat absorption and increase durability.  Maintenance and repairs usually require more felt and coating layers to be applied where needed.  With time, however, the weight of these layers accumulates and can create a big mess and increase the cost of removal.  There is no doubt that BUR is the thriftiest roofing solution, however, there is no competition when it comes to modern roofing solutions; for their low maintenance, light weight and durability.

Modified Bitumen is ideal for either residential or small commercial flat roofing.  The roofing material comes in 3 ft. wide rolls making it easier to use and apply.  The material is rolled out into overlapping seams which are fused together either by torch or a special adhesive. Lastly, a reflective coating is applied for durability and reduction of heat absorption. Tamko & GAF are likely the two most reliable Modified Bitumen suppliers in the US.

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) has the look and feel of rubber inner tubing.  These flexible extra-large rolls are great for sizeable roofing and are glued down.  The lifespan of this particular application is 20 years with little upkeep.  A downside to EPDM is that it is dark and consequently absorbs a lot of heat, as a result, requires a reflective coating.  Or, at an additional cost, EPDM is available with a white top layer.

Contacting a professional, experienced roofer for services such as flat roof repair and maintenance, commercial, industrial and residential installation is a step in the right direction.  Your roofing needs will be evaluated, and the right type of roof or maintenance selected, offering you the best possible solution.

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