Flat Roof Materials
If you are reading this section, you're probably cursing the architect, builder ( or both! ) responsible for your home and the flat roof or section that it contains. Such a roof does require specialty skills and flat roof materials that are appropriate for the job. We'll examine the unique challenges, advantages ( yes, there are some! ) and the proper flat roof materials for your home. For a free no obligation consultation or estimate, please use the Request a Free Estimate button at the top of this page.
The most modern flat roof materials are often called rubber roofing or rubber membrane. This technology replaced older flat roof materials, which we'll describe below. Rubber roofing requires a different skill set and different accessories than typical or steep slope roofing. We can't tell you how many times we've seen failed installations because the wrong backerboards ( if any), drip edges and we've even seen rubber flat roof materials installed right over tar and gravel. Simply put, if you have a flat roof and would like a free estimate for a quality installation using only the best quality and appropriate flat roof materials, then please use the request a free estimate button at the top of this page.
Older flat roof materials include tar and gravel, which consists of layers of tar and asphalt, with rocks on top to embed in the hot asphalt and to protect it from the sun. Yes.. those rocks were put there on purpose! These types of flat roof materials and installations may only last 15 - 20 years or less. Often due to the heavy labor and difficulty of stripping, they will just shovel off the loose rocks and put the new flat roof materials right over! Make sure you get a quality contractor and a clear understanding of the flat roof materials to be used, as well as how the old systems will be removed and disposed of.