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Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Different Types Of Flat Roofing Systems

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Both residential and commercial locations can benefit from a flat roofing system. Not only are these systems advantageous in their features, but they can also be customized according to the client's exact specifications. These systems typically can be built from a variety of materials and surfaces, each of which can be beneficial in different applications. Before Virginia Beach roofing specialists perform the necessary installation, however, they will recommend for all customers to consider their roofing options and choose a material that will be right for them.

The most common roofing system designed for a flat roof is known as a built up roof. These systems are abbreviated as BUR and they are commonly referred to as tar and gravel roofs. They are defined by their multiple ply surfaces, stacked on top of each other with adhesives in tight layers. Despite having tar in the name, bitumen and asphalt are more commonly used as adhesive materials between each of the layers. An aggregate material is usually used to top the system, which provides the roof with a weight to hold it in place and strengthen its ability to resist the elements.

EPDM is another common flat roofing system, typically used for commercial locations because of its ease of installation. It is an efficient rubber roofing system that has a life cycle that ranges between 15 and 30 years.

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It is particularly recommended for areas that regularly experience heavy rains and winds as the material is capable of withstanding all types of moisture and weather damage. These systems are also very easy to maintain and walk across during quick inspections and sealing procedures.

Thermoplastic membranes are viable options to consider as well, especially for locations that need to have an easy to maintain roofing system installed. The most common types of thermoplastic systems are made of PVC and TPO. During the installation process, the membranes are repeatedly softened by heating and then hardened by cooling. Because of their chemical material, they can be easily seamed together, resulting in an efficient installation that does not highlight cracks or junction points.

Finally, customers will be able to choose polymer modified roofing membranes. These are usually made of fabrics that are reinforced through a modified bitumen treatment process and manufactured similarly to a roll roofing material. These membranes will consist of multiple layers, and they are almost always ready to be adhered, resulting in faster installations and immediate benefits. They may feature a variety of different surfacing options as well, including minerals and other rough aggregates.

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