Modified bitumen is one of the longest lasting flat roofing options, and it doesn’t cost a great deal to maintain. It’s a type of asphalt product that can be applied to the roof in a variety of ways — both at hot and cold temperatures. Modified bitumen roofing has a great deal of advantages over other types of membrane products, and it’s considered to be a modern alternative to a standard built-up roof. All it needs is an annual inspection and regular cleaning, which makes it a low-maintenance commercial roofing solution. It also has more tensile strength than other types of commercial roofing, which makes it great for roofs that get a lot of traffic.
A “two-ply” installation is the most common solutions for this type of roofing, but it may also use a “one-ply” or even a “three-ply” system. A single ply isn’t the most durable option, but it can cost more to install two or three plies. That’s why it’s considered to be one of the most expensive flat roofing options on the market. The advantage is that it’s less prone to cracks, which can happen to other types of commercial roofing. And it has a better rating against wind, fire, and hail (which can give your building more protection in case there’s a storm or some other natural disaster).
Unlike many other flat roofing materials, modified bitumen has been proven over time. With a lifespan of 20 years or more, it’s one of the longer lasting types of commercial flat roofing on the market. And unlike standard membrane roofing, it can be either hot-mopped or cold-applied. The seams are also melted together, which can offer more protection against leaks. There are some types of membrane roofing that have open seams or are covered by some other material that can get weaker over time, which gives a modified bitumen roofing system more of an advantage over many other flat roofing solutions.
If you want more information about modified bitumen roofing and why it might be a great choice for your commercial property, be sure to get in touch with Phillips Roofing and Restoration. We’ll be happy to speak to you about your roofing needs!