Your options are virtually endless when it comes to installing a flat roof to your home or office. With so many options, how do you choose? At Big G Roofing & More Inc., we are here to help make that decision easier for you. We offer a variety of products for flat roofing and our team of licensed professionals is fully equipped to get started on your roofing project. Big G Roofing & More Inc. offers nothing but the best in terms of high quality products and installation. Our stellar customer service deserves bragging rights too! Let Big G Roofing & More Inc. show you why we are the number one choice for flat roofing installations in South Florida’s Dade and Broward counties.
In order to find the perfect flat roofing material for your home or office, we strongly suggest considering things like whether or not your roof will be experiencing a lot of heavy foot traffic or if it will be prone to severe weather (it’s South Florida, of course we’ll have severe weather!). You will also want to consider aesthetics as well as longevity when it comes to picking out a flat or low-slope roofing product. The life span of your flat roof will depend on many different factors, the most important being proper installation. As a fully licensed and insured roofing company, we guarantee our customers peace of mind with our quality workmanship.
Below is a list of the most popular choices for your home or office. For comparison purposes, here is what you can expect in terms of longevity:
- PVC: 15 to 30 years
- Hot Mop: 10 to 15 years
- TPO: 7 to 20 years
- Built-Up Roof: 15 to 20 years
- Silicone Spray: Up to 20 years
- Tar & Gravel: 15-20 years
We know these products sound foreign to you; however, covering a flat roof is a totally different ball game than shingling a pitched one. The most important step when installing a flat roof is creating a barrier that will be impenetrable to water. That means seams are a major no-no. In order to avoid having seams, your traditional materials such as asphalt, concrete, and tile shingles as well as corrugated metals are out the window. Flat roofs require an application process of sealing and coating with materials such as PVC, TPO, EPDM Rubber, BUR and Silicon Spray, each having their own distinct benefits.
PVC is one of the most popular flat roofing materials. PVC roofs are known for their strength and durability. Their minimum breaking point is 300 pounds per inch, which is much higher than the industry standard 200 PPI. Most PVC membranes reflect the sun’s rays making them very energy efficient, and they can be mechanically attached or fully adhered to their roof deck system. When installed, the PVC’s seams are welded together which actually strengthens and reinforces the material, further protecting your home or office from leaky seams. Residential as well as commercial PVC installations often come with lifetime warranties.Top of Form PVC flat roof materials have a lifespan averaging anywhere from 15 to 30 years.
EPDM Rubber is more commonly known as a “rubber roof” and is one of the most popular flat roof choices for commercial buildings. One of the biggest advantages of EPDM over a PVC roof is affordability. In comparison, EPDM rubber costs much less than PVC single-ply membranes. EPDM can reach dimensions of up to 50 feet by 200 feet. The manufacturers create such large sheaths in order to avoid seams, which in turn will protect consumers from roof leaks. EPDM can be installed fully adhered or mechanically attached. Much like PVC, EPDM is a single-ply, energy efficient and environmentally friendly flat roof option. Depending on the type of rubber roof you choose, EPDM can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years.
TPO is another single-ply roofing membrane. TPO is comparable in pricing to that of a rubber roof, and also features the reinforced durability of welded seams much like PVC membranes. It’s like getting the best of both worlds! Compared to the competition, TPO membranes are more readily available in reflective colors; hence their recent rise in popularity. Like EPDM, TPO can also be mechanically fastened or installed with self-adhesive. TPO’s lifespan can range anywhere from 7 to 20 years depending on the product you choose.
Built Up Roofing is better known as “tar & gravel” or “hot mopping.” Many home and commercial building owners trust Built Up Roofing as their number one choice of flat roofing. BUR has been in use for over 100 years, and is still one of the best low-slope or flat roofing systems available today. Built Up Roof installations are a multi-ply application process using hot asphalt. You can enhance the energy efficiency of your roof by choosing a top layer of reflective coating or increasing the durability with gravel. BUR’s greatest feature is the ability to endure heavy foot traffic, and can last between fifteen to twenty years.
Big G Roofing & More Inc. requires little to no prep work because it can be applied right over your existing roof. Sounds easy enough…right? A common misconception had by all is the assumption that spraying on a weatherproof coating would be considerably less expensive than applying a physical material. Silicon Spray is actually a labor-intensive application process and can cost a pretty penny. In fact, silicon coatings are one of the most expensive flat roofing applications on the market today. The best advantage a spray-on roof has to offer is the elimination of seams, in turn giving the customer heightened protection against potential water damage and leaky roofs. Another advantage of spray-on roof coatings is their average lifespan of up to twenty years.
As a full service roofing company, Big G Roofing & More Inc. has the expert team you need to professionally install, maintain and repair your flat roof. We offer a variety of services and free consultations to give your flat roof the extra attention it needs.