Torch Down Roofing
The most frequently used type of materials for flat roofs are constructed using torch down roofing materials. Torch down roofing gets its name from the method by which it is applied. These roofing techniques are installed in sheets that overlap each other, and the area that overlaps is then heated with a torch so they bond together.
The materials used in most torch down roofing applications are also known as rubberized asphalt. The melting of this overlapping bitumen by torching them together creates a very durable and highly resistant roof, which gives most torch down roofs an average lifespan of around 20 years.
The reason a large number of flat roofs are done with torch down roofing materials has to do with rubberized technologies that make them highly beneficial for flat roofs that might collect water in some spots. Older buildings might have drainage problems that cause small puddles to form, but with rubberized torch down roofing materials these puddles will dry in the exterior of the building, rather than drain through to the interior. Though this highly water-resistant material might cost a little more than some other methods, it is still regarded as the best type of roofing material for flat roofs that might not drain as rapidly as other types of commercial roofs.
Another great benefit to torch down roofing materials is their ease of installation. There are no noxious fumes and other environmental hazards that the installer has to contend with. The torching process only releases a small amount of odor when the torch heats the surface, causing the two layers to bond together.
As with any type of roof construction, it is wise to consult a professional when considering which type of roofing material to use. There are several different types of torch down roofing materials, and a professional can guide you to the best one for a particular use.
TPO Thermoplastic Polyolefin Membrane
Thermoplastic Polyolefin TPO is one of the fastest growing single ply flat roofing materials on the market. TPO is fire and chemical resistant and contains ultraviolet UV inhibitors that reflect about 85% – 87% of UV rays. TPO can be used for both mechanically fastened and fully adhered roof applications for projects that are new construction, re-roof, and or re-cover roof installations. The Thermoplastic Polyolefin TPO membrane is reinforced with a polyester fabric and manufactured using an ultraviolet-resistant thermoplastic polyolefin formulation.
TPO is lightweight, available in multiple colors suitable for all types of projects.
PVC Thermoplastic Membrane
PVC Thermoplastic roofing membranes are engineered to be highly flexible and manufactured using an ultraviolet resistant polyvinyl chloride PVC formulation. PVC roofing systems result in cleaner, quicker, and cost efficient installations able to withstand the elements of wind, rain, contaminants, and heat. PVC can be used for both mechanically fastened and fully adhered roof applications for projects that are new construction, re-roof, and or recover roof installations.
An EPDM membrane is the only type of roofing material recommended for use in water collection systems. EPMD rubber or ethylene propylene diene M-class rubber is one of the few types of rubber that can be used for roofing projects where it is critical that the water runoff is not polluted.
EPDM membrane roofing is installed using a special type of adhesive that is also designed to prevent water contamination. These adhesives are either applied as a tape that sticks two sheets of EPDM membrane together or as a liquid that bonds the two sheets together on a molecular level
When repairing an EPDM membrane roof there is no need for heavy tools or equipment. All the tools necessary for a simple repair are some common cleaning tools, a replacement patch, and some adhesive. Simply clean the area that needs to be repaired to remove any dirt, apply the adhesive, and place the patch over the damaged area.
Of all of the types of roofing materials available, an EPDM membrane might have some of the best features. Not only can the water runoff be collected for other uses, but an EPDM membrane can withstand all sorts of extreme weather. High wind and hot temperatures are not a problem for an EPDM membrane roof. Only temperatures of -45 degrees can cause potential problems, but these temperatures are almost unheard of in Central Florida. As far as protection from sun damage and aging goes, there is no better product on the market.
Cool Roof Coatings
The application of cool roof coatings in Florida is a growing industry. Rising utility costs and a shift to more sustainable, green technologies has lead many consumers to use cool roof coatings to lower expenses.
Most cool roof coatings are Energy Star compliant, which means they have gone through extensive testing to get a certification from the federal government that rates these products as energy-saving materials. In most cases, these products employ a combination of insulation factors and solar reflection. By reflecting the sun’s energy away from the interior of the building, utility costs can be cut by as much as 50%.
Applying cool roof coatings is a lot like spray painting the roof of a building. The roofing company would prep the existing roof to make sure that there are no leaks or issues with the existing roof. After that, the coating is sprayed onto the surface of the roof and allowed to dry. Once applied, the new coating not only reflects solar energy, it also extends that life of the existing roof.
With most cool roof coatings It is advised that anyone considering the use of cool roof coatings should speak with a tax specialist to determine which credit can be utilized for a particular application.