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A Guide to 4 Types of Flat Roofing
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A Guide to 4 Types of Flat Roofing

It’s time for your commercial property to get a new roof, but what kind? There are multiple types of flat roofs you can choose from, all with their list of pros and cons.

Check out this guide to flat roofing from Apple Exteriors and narrow down which type of flat roofing is right for you!

1. Built-Up Roof (BUR)

If you’re looking for a traditional roof replacement, a built-up roof (BUR) is the way to go. Waterproof materials and hot tar are alternatingly layered to create a fortified, moisture-wicking surface.

Once the tar and other materials are installed, a layer of smooth river rocks will be ballasted on top to help with drainage.

A BUR roof serves as a great traditional method of commercial roof replacement. The gravel is an exceptional fire retardant while being one of the most affordable methods. However, it’s quite a cumbersome task, so it’s best to call on a qualified professional if you plan to use this method.

2. EPDM Roofing

EPDM is short for “ethylene propylene diene monomer.”

EPDM is a rubber material installed on flat roofs – a durable and synthetic rubber formed into a roofing membrane. Whether it’s commercial property or a low-sloped residential property, EPDM roofing is a great option to choose.

Installing an EPDM roof is easier than other flat roof options while being highly resistant to scuffs and tears. While you can get light-colored coatings, the traditional black material absorbs a significant amount of heat, which can raise the temperature of your property in the warm months.

3. TPO & PVC Roofing

Closely related, TPO and PVC roofing are great for resistance to chemicals, oils, grease, and punctures.

  • A TPO membrane is made out of ethylene-propylene rubber, while a PVC membrane is made out of polymerizing vinyl.
  • PVC is stronger and more resistant to puncturing, while TPO is made of recyclable material.
  • TPO is the right choice when it comes to affordability, while PVC is less laborious to install.

4. Garden “Green” Roofing

A relatively new type of roofing, Garden “green” roofing is just what you expect: growing flora on the top of your property.

This is the most environmentally friendly roof replacement you can conduct, with the drawback of being non-flame resistant.

Call on Apple Exterior for all Flat Roofing Options

No matter what type of flat roof you go with, Apple Exteriors has you covered. Schedule a free inspection online or give us a call at 651-36-APPLE (651-362-7753) today!

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