Flat & Rubber Roofing
Flat Roofing Installation NEPA
Flat roofs are a very common roof system in North East Pennsylvania. They are also overlooked due to the fact you cannot see them from the ground. Most flat roofs have zero pitch which means it is hard for the water to run off.
Nearly all residential homes being built today have pitched/sloped roofs. This allows rain to run downhill, into gutters, through downspouts and away from the foundation. Quickly channeling water off a rooftop eliminates the potential for pooled water, which can lead to problems like mold and algae growth, wood rot and deterioration of roofing materials.
Most commercial buildings, however, have flat roofs. Why is that? It’s because their large square footage and design wouldn’t allow for a slope at the same angle as a single-family home. The roof would be too high, as well as costly.
Despite their names, flat roofs aren’t precisely horizontal to the ground. For drainage purposes, the International Building Code requires a minimum 2% slope, or a one-fourth unit vertical for every 12 units horizontal. In layman’s terms, that means a roof must slope ¼ of an inch for every foot. It’s a minimal slope, barely noticeable to the naked eye, but enough to allow gravity to do its thing and send water off the roof.
Flat, or low-slope roofs, offer a variety of benefits for commercial buildings:
Cost: A popular roofing material used in flat roofs across NEPA is TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), a single-ply membrane that covers a roof structure rather than shingles, tiles or metal panels. TPO is adhered or mechanically attached to a structure and costs less than other roofing materials. Because crews take less time to install TPO, commercial entities can save on labor costs.
Access: Many commercial buildings have A/C units, solar panels & satellites installed on the roof, and having a flat roof offers easy access to service that equipment.
Height: Many communities throughout Pennsylvania have height restrictions on new construction, so a three-story building with a flat roof can fit under a 35ft height restriction. With a sloped roof, developers might be limited to just a two-story building.
Rubber Roofing Installation NEPA
As opposed to their traditional counterparts, such as metal, shingle, or asphalt/gravel, rubber roofs have a much better seal on your home with fewer vulnerable seams. This keeps leaks and maintenance to a minimum. What’s more, in the unlikely event of a tear or rupture, the surface of a rubber roof lends itself to easy inspection and locating of problem areas. Since the material is so flexible, expansion and contraction from extreme temperatures have a minimal effect on the integrity of your roof. Once it is there, you will wonder how you live without one.
Rubber Roofs are sometimes referred to as “Cool Roofs” because of their ability to reflect the sun’s heat.
Here Are Just a Few Advantages of Membrane Roofing:
Improves the appearance of your home
Saves you money on your energy bills
Reduces Roof “RUMBLE” and noise
Professional, timely installations
Meets or exceeds all Pennsylvania building codes
Resists UV rays, chemical exposure and microbial growth
If you are seeking for dependable, affordable and professional rubber roofing services in NEPA, you’ve found one at Royal Roofing!
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