Posted on: 7 December 2018Share
Do you have a flat roof on your commercial building that needs replacement? If so, you cannot just put any roofing material on it. Some materials will work better than others for flat roofing, which is why you want to consider spray foam or rolled roofing material. Here are some reasons why either material will be an excellent choice.
A spray foam roof is a bit different from those made with other roofing materials, because the equipment actually combines two chemicals to create the foam during the installation process. It is not a premanufactured material that is brought to the building and installed. The foams can be applied directly to the roof deck of your building, and it will create a smooth surface that is white in color with a texture that is a bit like rubber.
Once the foam dries, it will be completely waterproof and prevent water from getting to the roof deck. Since the material is created during the application process, it also prevents any seams from forming, which further helps the material prevent water from leaking through it.
Foam can be painted after it dries if you prefer that your roof have a certain aesthetic, but chances are that your flat roof is completely out of sight from others and the color will not matter.
Another roofing material that works great on a flat roof is rolled roofing. As the name implies, this roofing material comes in large rolls that are installed by slowly heating up the underside before pressing it down against the roof. Each strip of rolled roofing overlaps with the next, which creates a surface that water rolls over and that prevents water from getting underneath the material.
Rolled roofing is typically made with asphalt and is one of the more affordable roofing options available for a flat roof. It is definitely an option if you are on a budget or looking for an option that can install on your own. That said, rolled roofing has a shorter life span than other roofing materials, and you'll likely need to replace it sooner rather than later. The installation process is more prone to mistakes being made, especially during a DIY installation, which can lead to water leaks.
If you need help installing either of these two roofing materials, reach out to a commercial roofing contractor in your area. They can provide you with price quotes for both materials, which can help you make an informed decision for your business.