When your commercial flat roof has reached the end of its life, it’s time to consider your flat roof replacement options to decide which material is best for your facility. Recovering or replacing your roof with the same material may be in your best interest or it may be time to upgrade to a new, energy-efficient roofing material. Depending on your roof and the option you choose, you may even save on tear-off costs by replacing a new flat roof system like PVC over your existing roof for decades of protection.
Roofer Ohio is proud to be one of the leading flat roofing companies in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus. Our flat roofing contractors will help you compare options and settle on the right choice for your facility.
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The Right Type of Flat Roof
Your Flat Roof
At Roofer Ohio, we offer plenty of flat roof solutions to fit your budget and the needs of your facility. From durable and cost-effective single-ply roof systems to the ultimate longevity of metal roofing, we do it all.
- PVC roofing membranes: An efficient and lightweight roofing system that can be installed directly over your existing roof to avoid tear-off costs. PVC is chemical-resistant and helps keep your building cool to reduce energy demand. It can also last 30+ years.
- Built-up roofs (BUR): This is one of the most affordable roof systems and it’s made from layers of hot tar, gravel, and waterproof sheets. BUR systems are one of the most expensive to replace, however, as tear-off is difficult and labor intensive.
- Modified bitumen roofs: This system uses just one layer of self-adhering roofing material with a light color to reduce your facility costs.
- Rubber roof membranes: Rubber or EPDM roofing is one of the most popular flat roof systems that’s easy and affordable to repair. It’s more lightweight than BUR and modified systems but it doesn’t offer the durability of PVC.
- TPO roofing membranes: TPO is a single-ply system like PVC that shares many of its characteristics. TPO roofs are usually white to reflect heat and offer easy installation and the option to install it mechanically attached or fully adhered.
- Metal roofs: A metal roof can last longer than your facility. While more expensive than other materials, it can be installed over your existing roof for a more affordable flat roof replacement. The only drawback is metal can’t be used fully for a completely flat roof.
- Roof coatings: Liquid-applied roof coatings can waterproof your roof and offer excellent resistance to the elements to give your aging roof new life.
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Streamlined roof services to minimize disruption
Contemplating replacing a commercial flat roof can be stressful and exhausting. In addition to the expense, you are probably worried about costly business shutdown and other logistical concerns.
At Roofer Ohio, we make the process of replacing your flat roof as straightforward and easy as possible with minimized disruption to your business. It all starts with a phone call. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your roof then discuss your time constraints, budget, and concerns.
Our flat roofing contractors will carefully go over your options and explain the benefits, drawbacks, and cost of each with a free roof replacement estimate. We’ll help you choose a new flat roof that will hold up against the elements and any specific concerns you may have such as frequent foot traffic or chemicals.
Our crew will get to work quickly to install your commercial roof system correctly and with as little disruption as possible. In most cases, it takes just two to three days to install your new roof system. Choosing a new material that does not require tear-off can reduce this installation time.
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Is an EPDM
One of the most popular flat roof replacement services today is the EPDM or rubber roof. Unlike modified bitumen, rubber roofs have been known to last decades and they come in white to reduce your facility’s energy costs.
An EPDM roof is installed as a single-ply system in a single piece for excellent leak resistance and they’re easy to repair down the road when damage or leaks do occur.
While rubber roofs cost a bit more than modified bitumen, the difference isn’t too much and your EPDM roof can be improved with a variety of roof coatings that increase its longevity and waterproof characteristics.
EPDM is just one type of single-ply roofing system you can choose for your flat roof. Our roof replacement contractors may also recommend PVC or TPO roofing which look like white rubber roofs and can be attached in several ways. These single-ply systems can be installed over your existing flat roof to reduce installation costs and they offer excellent durability and resistance.
PVC has a bit more flexibility than TPO and it’s the preferred roof system for restaurants and commercial buildings with grease traps because it won’t absorb or be damaged by grease and oil. TPO, however, offers much better weathering and heat resistance.
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Get answers to your questions about flat roof replacement
Do you have questions about replacing your flat roof? Not sure where to start? Here are some common questions we hear from facility owners and managers. Please give us a call if you have additional questions we can answer!
What are my options if I decide to reroof?
No matter what type of flat roof system you have now, there are many options for reroofing. Some flat roof replacement options can be applied over your existing roof to avoid tear-off costs while others require removing your existing system. Your basic options are:
- Single-layer membranes like EPDM, PVC, and TPO which can be applied over other roof systems like modified bitumen
- Modified bitumen which was introduced to replace BUR systems and can be installed in many ways
- Built-up roofs (BUR) which are low maintenance but much more expensive to replace later
How long can I expect my roof system to last?
The longevity of a flat roof replacement service will depend largely on the material you choose. General life expectancies for flat roof systems are:
- TPO: 7 to 20 years
- Bitumen: 10 to 20 years
- EPDM: 10 to 15 years
- Built-Up Roof (BUR): 15 to 20 years
- PVC: 15 to 30 years
These are only general guidelines. For example, TPO roofs have only been used since the ’90s so their long-term life expectancy is still unknown, although there are still original TPO roofs in service now. EPDM roofs have been known to last decades. How well your roof is maintained will play a big role in how long it will last.
Do you provide free quotes?
Absolutely! Our roof replacement contractors are happy to assess your roof and facility to give you a free roof replacement estimate for various materials. Contact Roofer Ohio today to request your free quote for a new flat roof system.