Should I Consider Membrane Roofing for My Flat Roof?

Many of Knockout Roofing’s customers in both the residential and commercial spheres are increasingly curious about membrane roofing, with very good reason. In a geographic region such as Utah that can be prone to precipitation which includes a heavy snow load, buildings with flat roofs often fall victim to water damage. Traditional roofing methods such as asphalt shingles are difficult to seal completely. As a result, many building owners are unhappy to face roofing repairs due to leaks and material degradation early in a roof’s lifecycle. If you have a building with a flat roof, here’s what you need to know about membrane roofing.

Increasing seam strength

When a roof slopes, there’s a natural pull from gravity that helps draw moisture and precipitation off the roof. Over time, this helps minimize the chance of water damage occurring. However, flat roofs don’t have the advantage of gravity helping to pull water from the roof’s surface. As a result, water tends to collect or pool. This can lead to quicker break-down of the roofing materials as well as add stress on individual seams. Membrane roofing is created out of materials such as highly energy efficient thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), PVC, and rubber. Membrane roofing systems are engineered in such a way that they are either entirely seamless or that the seams are fully sealed and waterproof. If you’re dealing with a flat roof where water tends to pool or areas of the country such as Utah with variable weather, waterproof roofing has significant advantages.

Improving UV resistance

In parts of the country that also face searing summer heat and temperatures, UV resistance is important. Many homeowners understand that winter carries significant burdens for roofing. But high temperatures and constant sun carry their own risks. UV exposure and high temperatures can increase the rate at which roofing products degrade. Membrane roofing is typically lighter than traditional roofing and designed to reflect UV light more effectively. As a result, membrane roofs more effectively resist contracting and expanding in different temperatures, ensuring both overall integrity and the strength of seams. The enhanced UV resistance also typically helps improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Considering membrane roofs

There are a number of different products and systems on the market if you’re considering a membrane roof. The right choice for your property can include several factors, from the shape and construction of your building to the length of the roofing manufacturer’s warranty. One popular and highly reputable system is the IB Roofing System. The manufacturer runs a demanding certification course that ensures contractors selling and installing their product have been specially trained to help homeowners capture the full benefit of a membrane roofing system. The product also carries an extensive warranty, offering 25 years of coverage on commercial properties and a lifetime warranty on a residential application. Other brands to consider include Weatherbond, Carlisle Syntec Systems, Verisco Roofing Systems and Johns Manville.

If you’re the owner of a commercial or residential property with a flat roof, it’s time to consider a membrane roofing solution. Whether you’re facing repairs due to water ponding or just making the investment to replace your roof, now’s the time to consider how this technology can help protect your Utah building from both the weather and the sun. Contact us at Knockout Roofing today to discuss whether a membrane roofing solution may be right for you.