Category Archives: Uncategorized

What’s EPDM Roofing?

a flat roof with roofing and fencing

Learn More About EPDM Roofing

Flat or low sloping roofs are often the choice of many businesses due to their large expanse of space and weight-bearing abilities. There are many choices that can go with your flat roof from TPO to EPDM roofing. With all of the choices out there it’s important to consider the specifications and needs that your particular roof will require for smoother operations. A rubber roof can last for decades with a number of benefits attached to them from weather protection to compliance with daily temperature changes. If you’d like to learn more make sure to get into contact with your local roofing company for more specifics. Until then, here is some helpful information regarding EPDM roofing that may be of use to you.

What is EPDM roofing material?

EPDM roofing material is made from a highly durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane. EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, the two primary ingredients of ethylene and propylene are taken from oil and natural gas. EPDM roofing is used largely for low-slope buildings across the United States.

Is EPDM roofing any good?

 EPDM roofing is a long-lasting roofing material that will be reliable with extreme conditions. It’s a low maintenance roof with long-lasting qualities that will prove useful for costs. The look of the roof is uniform and attractive which can be an appeal for those wanting a professional roof. 

How much does EPDM roofing cost?

 EPDM roofing will cost between $2.50 to $5.00 per square foot. With an average-sized roof of 1,500 square feet, you can expect to have a total cost of $4,000-$8,000.

Can EPDM be installed on plywood?

EPDM roofing can be glued directly to plywood or OSB, glued to the insulation board that’s black, or roofing foam insulation board.  EPDM roofing is installed with a body bonding adhesive and you may be able to glue any seams with lap adhesive and lap caulk the edges. 

Can you walk on EPDM? 

To an extent, yes you can walk on EPDM roofing. However, it’s designed for light foot traffic and occasional maintenance and cleaning. For more use than this, there can be additional materials that can be laid over EPDM roofing and provide more durability.

a flat roof with roofing and fencing

How do you maintain a rubber roof?

  • Remove debris and limbs from the roof.
  • Inspect for old, loose, or crumbling roof sealant. 
  • Remove old sealant with scraper & medium bristle brush.
  • Apply roof sealant in areas that need it.
    • Edges of the rubber roof membrane.
    • Around vents, screw heads, air conditioner openings.
    • Under trim strips.
    • Fill in cracks and holes.
  • Allow the sealant to dry.
  • Clean roof with dish-washing detergent & water.
  • Use a medium bristle brush to remove stains.
  • Allow the roof to dry.
  • Apply rubber roof cleaner to remove caulking.
    • Apply this three times a year to remove caulking &repel moisture.
  • Allow the roof to dry.
  • Walk roof to inspect for cracks or torn rubber.
  • Apply butyl rubber repair and seal tape to damaged areas.
  • Apply water repellant rubber roof treatment with a sponge mop to seal it.

How long will a EPDM roof last?

 EPDM roofing can last 30-50 years with proper maintenance but even so will only require minimal attention. New formations of rubber roofing can have roofs protected from UV rays and radiation.

Do Rubber roofs need to be coated?

EPDM roofing can be coated with rubber roof coatings in order to add protection from infrared radiation and UV rays. Rubber roof coatings can also be marketed as roof insulation by roof construction or remodeling providers. Most rubber-coated roofs won’t need re-roofing for decades.  

How do you clean EPDM rubber roof?

EPDM roofing can be cleaned using mild laundry detergent mixed with water. The surface of the roof can be scrubbed with a medium bristle brush and then rinsed thoroughly to avoid remaining residue on the sidewall or roof. 

Can you pressure wash a rubber roof?

EPDM roofing can be pressure washed sparingly as long as you don’t go too overboard and cause roof damages. Some roof cleaning products will even require that the roof be power washed before application. Pressure washing can be used for spot stains yet be careful in these areas. 

Contact a Professional Roofing Company

EPDM roofing can provide ample protection to your property while boasting a long roof life. When you’re looking to apply EPDM roofing to your roofing system contact your local roofing company for assistance. They will be able to discuss more detailed options with you about application and maintenance so your roof can be properly implemented with the right practices.  EPDM roofing is a great option to incorporate into your roof and will be sure to provide a great look. Get in touch with your local roofing professionals to get started.

If you’re interested in EPDM roofing in East Hartford, CT call 860-508-0021 with Hartford Restoration Services!

Modified Bitumen Life Expectancy

laying down modified bitumen prior to heating

What is a Modified Bitumen Roofing System?

Throughout Connecticut, builders and owners of commercial buildings are always on the lookout for the best possible roofing to keep their business running. With so many options to choose from for flat and slanted roofs, a good choice is a modified bitumen roof or MB for short. 

Also known as asphalt, bitumen is used largely in roads and soundproofing. Modified bitumen roofing in that regard provides a tough and flexible material that has been proven reliable through its history. Only needing one ply, the material is famous for its tough weather resistant exterior and ability to be installed regardless of hot or cold weather. With a cost of $1.50 to 3.00 per square foot, the price is worth the material.  If you are interested in a modified bitumen roof and operate in East Hartford, CT, let Hartford Restoration Services handle the stress of installation. Call us today at 860-508-0021

Modified Bitumen Life and Care

Whether used as a part of built up roofing or in single ply, modified bitumen is known for longevity and low maintenance. Being a material that can easily last 20 years, modified bitumen roofing can surpass that age limit with only a moderate amount of care. 

Those interested in preserving the life of their modified bitumen roofing have a couple of options at their disposal. One such option is applying a modified bitumen roof coating, which adds another layer of protection to the material and your roof. Coating your modified bitumen roof further protects it from constant sunlight and rain. 

The second option often used for modified bitumen roofing is the spreading of granules and rocks about the roof to provide another layer of protection against the sun. Regardless if your roof is a single ply or built up roof, it is proven that modified bitumen does better and lasts longer with another layer added onto it. 

As seen in states similar to Connecticut, such as Colorado, roofing maintenance is important to the longevity of your roof. While modified bitumen is known for resisting the elements, cold and sunlight are known for breaking down most elements overtime. The best way to prevent damage over time is to schedule an examination of your roof, one of our experts would be happy to provide more detailed information and schedule a check up for your roof. 

Like all other roofing options however, modified bitumen roofs are subject to damage from accidents or weather. Fortunately, repairs are easy with the material. Just like it is installed through heat or cold, the same process can be applied through repairs. Giving it the same water resistant and tough exterior it had before. Having expertise in modified bitumen roofing repair in East Hartford, CT, you can count on Hartford Restoration Services to keep your roof well cared for and long lasting. 

Modified Bitumen Roofing vs Rolled Roofing

While both use a similar material, modified bitumen roofing has drastic improvements over rolled roofing. For someone unfamiliar to roofing, the two styles may seem the same on paper, but there couldn’t be a more different process and result. Rolled roofing for example is: 

  • Inexpensive
  • Fast application
  • Applied by placing and nailing down strips on a slanted roof
  • Not favored in some homeowners associations
  • Easily broken
  • Lasts 5-8 years

Modified bitumen however provides itself a better choice for constructors installing roof on a low slanting roof. The differences are obvious, being exemplified by:

  • Application through heat or cold to form a water resistant membrane 
  • Tough and resistant, easily withstands hail
  • Insulates a building
  • Known for tensile strength
  • Lasts 15-20+ years

While rolled roofing may be applied to steeper slanting roofs where modified bitumen roofing is not applied, the opposite applies to modified bitumen being applied to flat rooftops where rolled roofing cannot be installed. The difference between the two is clear, with modified bitumen being the superior option to buildings needing a sturdier roof. 

Modified Bitumen Roofing vs Shingles

As mentioned before, modified bitumen roofing is generally not used in steeper roofing installations. The application of shingles thereby is more common on homes and roofs with steeper inclines. Even with the assumption that the shingles would be tough asphalt shingles, the differences between the two more often than not show as:

  • Modified bitumen roofing provides a tougher exterior and easier care
  • While it is possible to modify the look of asphalt shingles, the option tends to be more expensive than most other options
  • The application of MB provides itself a more seamless look, providing better water resistance
  • Modified bitumen lasts longer than shingles

While modified bitumen is less accepted in residential areas than shingles, it often provides a better result to owners looking for peace of mind when choosing a roof. 

Roofer applying the common torch method to modified bitumen

We Take The Stress Out of Roofing

We understand that many companies these days are making the move to thermoplastic polyolefin or TPO roofs, often refusing to provide services in installing or repairing a modified bitumen roof. We at Hartford Restoration Services can not only install and repair TPO roofs, but also have experts to repair your modified bitumen roof whenever needed. 

With the cheaper price and proven history, we understand the preference in modified bitumen. With our 35 years of experience providing roofing service to East Hartford, CT, let our experts handle your roofing needs at an affordable price. To schedule an appointment, call 860-508-0021

Does your roof need an inspection?

roof inspection notes

What is a roof inspection report?

As a homeowner, scheduling a roof inspection with a certified roofing contractor could save you thousands of dollars as opposed to waiting until you have a problem. You can have a roof inspection and gutter cleaning done simultaneously, which with most gutter cleaning services, a roof inspection is typically included, but if not, request one.

Every roofing contractor will have a different process to inspect a roof and a different format in their roof inspection report.  However, regardless of their process and the format used, the information and terms within the report are basically the same.

A roof inspection report will start with general information such as the name of your insurance company, age of the roof height, size, and slope of the roof.  The inspections typically include estimates for repairs or replacement as the inspection finds the need. A roof inspection report will also have the contractor’s findings and suggestions of possible problems that are recommended to be addressed, such as tree limbs on the roof.

Other information included on a roof inspection report is an industry-based item, typically in terminology that you may need an explanation of, such as grid diagrams and basic roofing terms.

What is included in a roof inspection?

A professional roof inspection will vary depending on the roofing material your home has. For an asphalt shingle roof, the common areas and issues the roofing contractor will look are:

  • Water damage: There are many different possible issues caused by water damage, with the number one issue being water that isn’t draining from the roof. This is often because of gutter problems such as clogs, damaged, or improperly installed. Other issues could be damaged flashing, broken or missing shingles.
  • Mold: It is not unusual to find mold on roofs at the chimney and around HVAC or plumbing vents. This can be from airborne particles or it can be from extreme water damage.
  • Deteriorated shingles: The roofing inspector will look for loose or missing shingles and/or well rotting shingles from algae growth.
  • Gutter Issues: The roof inspection will note if the gutters filled an extreme amount of shingle granules. This can be an indication that the shingles are wearing out and it may be time for roof replacement. Excessive amounts of shingle granules will weigh the gutter system down, breaking it loose from the house as well as clog up the downspout.

For metal roofing, the top priority is a roof inspection for leaks and if there are any, the causes. The areas that roofing contractors will pay special attention to during a roof inspection:

  • Loose seams: Metal roofs contract and expand with the temperature, screws loosen, and the seams start to separate. When this isn’t repaired, the underlying structure can be damaged from condensation and water buildup.
  • Damaged or loose flashing: If the flashing on a metal roof is damaged or has come loose, it creates a gap and water will seep underneath. This will lead to corroding under the metal panels.
  • Rust: Any rust will eat your metal roof, that is the last thing you need. Rust will eat large holes in the metal roofing and water will be able to leak inside your home. Over time, enough rust will cause a metal roof to fall apart.

As a homeowner, you can do your own roof inspection in between the regularly scheduled inspections by a contractor. It is also recommended that you do your own inspection after a storm with hail or high winds.  Your roof inspection checklist should include the following:  

  • The flashing: Is there cracked caulking or rust spots?
  • Shingles: Do you see any blistered, broken, buckled, curled, or missing?
  • Vent pipes: Are the rubber boots cracked or worn around the base of the pipes?
  • Chimney Cap: Is damaged or missing?
  • Algae, lichen, moss: Are there any small areas or large masses of these on your roof?

Are roof inspections free?

Most roofing contractors will offer free roof inspection, especially in an area hit with hail or high winds. Any roofing contractor that does charge a fee will deduct that amount from any cost of repair or replacement you have done by them.

How often should you have your roof inspected?

For asphalt or composite roof inspection, the general recommendation is every three years. For a metal, tile, or wooden shingled roof, the general recommendation is every five years. Regardless of the material type of roofing your home has, a roof inspection should always be done after a storm, especially after hail or high winds.

Shingle roof

How long does a roof inspection take?

A professional roof inspection will take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour for most houses. They will begin by examining the roof’s exterior surface condition and then come inside the home, especially in the attic.  They inspect the eaves, fasteners, interior chimney surface, roof braces, and support material. Larger houses or houses with various levels may take longer.

A roof inspection may seem like a waste of money and time if you aren’t having any issues. As a homeowner, a roof inspection will catch possible problems before it cost you a lot of money and become a major inconvenience. Let’s get started on your roof inspection today! Call 860-508-0021 today for quality roofing services from Hartford Restoration Services.

What Is Standing Seam Metal Roofing?

Close Up of Standing Seam Metal Roof Panels

Learn More About A Standing Seam Metal Roof

Before getting into the benefits and information regarding a standing seam metal roof it’s important to first become familiar with what exactly this type of roofing it is. A standing seam roof is comprised of a metal panel system that has concealed fasteners and verticle legs (otherwise known as standing seams) with broad flat areas in between each leg. These legs rise above the level of the panel’s flat areas. This roofing style has grown in popularity not only because of its streamlined appearance but because of how effective it is in durability and creating tight connections. You can expect increased roof longevity with the many different standing seam metal roof types out in the market today. Be sure to get in touch with a professional roofing company regarding any questions that you may have regarding a standing seam metal roof. Until then, here is some information that may be useful to you regarding a standing seam metal roof.

Standing Seam Metal Roof Dimensions

A standing seam metal roof will typically have between 12”-18” in panel width sizes yet 16” are the most commonly used. As of such depending on the manufacturer you may see some differences in measurements.

How long do standing seam metal roofs last?

The length of time a standing seam metal roof will last depends on the material it is composed of. As of such metal roofs have a 50+ roof life. Metals made with zinc or copper can even last over 100 years.

What is the average cost of a standing seam metal roof?

Standing seam metal roof cost will range around $800-$1,250 per square which includes materials and labor.

Can you walk on a standing seam metal roof?

A standing seam metal roof can be walked on without risking damages yet like any other roofing material when it gets wet it can be slippery so it may be best to wear a harness with safety equipment before making your way up.

What is the difference between standing seam vs corrugated metal roofs?

The main difference between a standing seam metal roof and a corrugated metal roof comes down to appearance. Both of these options hold the metal moniker which signifies that any type of roofing metal may be selected as the material of choice to hold the style. As mentioned before a standing seam metal roof will have raised legs between flat areas with hidden fasteners between panels. A corrugated metal roof looks ribbed or has raised peaks that look like waves spread out throughout the metal panel of material. These appearance styles can have different connection types that will lock the panels together. 

Standing Seam Metal Roof Against Blue Sky

Standing Seam Metal Roof Types

  • One Piece Snap-Lock
  • Two-Piece Snap-Lock
  • Mechanically Seamed
  • Symmetrical Mechanically Seamed

Is standing seam metal roof worth it?

It is generally up to the buyer’s preferences in determining if a standing seam metal roof is worth it. As such a standing seam metal roof is known to be more durable, faster to install and effective in providing tight roofing connections where water won’t infiltrate through and panels won’t loosen while providing protection against other types of damages in wear and tear.

Does a metal roof increase home value?

A metal roof, in general, will be more valued over other roofing material options due to the many advantages in protection and longevity it possesses. They hold well against severe inclement weather such as with hurricanes and even tornadoes. They come with tight interlocking panels that are great in holding against high winds and protecting against water infiltration from heavy rains. They are energy-efficient since they reflect the sun’s harmful rays, such as UV light, which can prematurely age a roof & increase building temperatures. With reflection building temperatures are lowered which allows the HVAC systems to more efficiently use energy and reduce energy consumption. Because of their many benefits homwoneresinsurances typically offer discounts if metal roofs are installed. WHat’s more the value of a home is raised with metal roof installation. Contemporary metal roofs can increase a home’s resale value by 1-6% and an average of 85.9% of costs on the metal roof can be recouped.

Contact A Professional Roofer For More Information

If you’d like to know more about your options for a standing seam metal roof be sure to get in touch with a professional roofer regarding a standing seam metal roof installation. Only with a professional will you be able to gauge the right dimensions and connection type that will best match with your property’s specifications and characteristics. A standing seam metal roof is a commitment as it will last for decades and may even carry on to the next generation. As with determining the right type of water filtration system, there are many details and specifics regarding standing seam metal roof information that must be discussed and weighed before a final decision can be met. To learn more about a standing seam metal roof contact your local roofing company now.

To learn more about a standing seam metal roof in East Hartford, CT call 860-508-0021 with Hartford Restoration Services! 

What is a Single-Ply Roofing System?

Single Ply Roof In Process of Installation

What is a Single-Ply Roofing System?

A single-ply roof installation is one of the most varied roof types. In this respect, there are many different materials to choose from. The unifying characteristic of single ply roofing systems is the fact that they are designed to be installed in a singular layer. Single-ply roofing systems also exhibit considerable flexibility when compared to other roofing products. In addition to this admirable aspect, they tend to be highly resistant to UV radiation. These roofing systems are typically either white or black and are glued, fastened or installed directly over roof insulation material.

What Does Single-Ply Mean?

Single-ply is a unifying roof system. These roofs are created from resilient, flexible membranes composed predominantly of synthetic polymer. In terms of thickness, these roofs tend to be either 1.1 mm to over 2 mm. Once these roofing systems are combined with insulation, support, and maintenance, they form quite durable roofing systems. In terms of commercial roof installation, single-ply roofs are one of the many examples offered to commercial business owners. 

How Much Does Single-Ply Roofing Cost?

There are several different types of single-ply roofing materials to choose from, ranging from EPDM to PVC to TPO. EPDM is known as a synthetic rubber roofing material. Commercial business owners should expect to pay between five and eight dollars per square foot. This cost depends on whether or not it is a typical flat roof. In other words, it costs about $7,500 to $12,000 for 15 square. A 15 square is 1,500 square feet of roof. In comparison, PVC and TPO roofs usually cost an average of $5.50 to $8.50 per square foot for installation. When replacing a roof, it is important to factor in the cost of tearing off the old roof, which is usually necessary.

How Long Does Single-Ply Roofing Last?

With regular roof maintenance, expect your single ply roofing to last approximately thirty years. As with any roofing system, undertaking steps to protect the membrane and repair any surface damage will assist with prolonged longevity. The key to true roofing longevity is the quality of workmanship in terms of the installation. A roofing company that has years of experience and excellent contractors will inevitably produce a better product.

How Long Should an EPDM Roof Last?

An EPDM roof can last a long time. According to recent estimates, EPDM roofs are reputed to last as long as fifty years. New formulations of rubber make EPDM roofs increasingly impervious to damage from the sun, also known as ultraviolet rays. 

Where to Buy Single Ply Roofing

In order to purchase a single-ply roof, the first step is to contact several reputable roofing companies in the area. Commercial business owners are advised to retrieve several different quotes and weigh the costs and the specialization of the roofing company. Not every handyman or roofing contractor has many years of experience and understanding under their belt. Your roof deserves the best.

What is Flat Foam Single Ply Roof

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Roofing is a material that is sprayed on a roof and expands into a foam. It creates a solid layer across an existing roof. While this spray foam material is not the most well-known of all materials, the technology for SPF roofs has been available since the 1960s for industrial, commercial, and residential facilities. 

Single Ply Roof On Metal Deck

Although the main goal of a roofing system is straightforward, to provide shelter and strength against inclement weather, the procedures and materials for such a task are rarely so simple. Each roofing project is unique, and for each circumstance, it may require a different set of tools and materials, For instance, a metal deck will require different procedures for the application of a single-ply roof. For your streamlined roofing method, please consult a knowledgeable roofer. A good roofer will be willing to thoroughly investigate the roof, and give you a list of treatment options.

Single Ply Roof Installation

Single Ply Roof Maintenance

Each roof requires a given amount of maintenance. Please browse through the following tips to receive more information pertaining to your single-ply roof maintenance.

  • Examine the roof periodically to ensure that the seams are intact. There should be no loose terminations and zero punctures in the field membrane or flashings.
  • Make any necessary repairs as soon as possible. Please do not allow roofers or repairmen to use roofing materials that are inappropriate. Roofing materials need to be streamlined and used according to the prevailing composition of the roof.
  • Enforce the use of walk pads for any repairmen or personnel who walk on the roof.
  • Look for fasteners poking up through the membrane.

Would you like a consultation for your single ply roof? Our friendly staff at Hartford Restoration Services are ready to take your phone call at 860-508-0021. Receive quality Low E window installation in East Hartford, CT!

What’s the Best Metal Roofing?

Contractor Working on Commercial Metal Roof Installation

Choosing a New Commercial Roofing Structure

When you are getting ready to replace or restore your commercial roofing, you will find there are a lot of options to choose from. Not every option will be the best for your needs, but generally, most building owners want similar things. A structure that will be long-lasting, require minimal maintenance and will be durable. The roofing structure that checks all those boxes is metal roofing. Metal is a great investment for commercial buildings because of how durable and long-lasting it is, especially when faced with rain, wind, grease, and more. To discuss a commercial metal roof installation in East Hartford, CT, look no further than Hartford Restoration Services. Start working with us today by calling 860-508-0021.

Corrugated Metal Panel Used for Commercial Metal Roof Installation

Metal Roofing for Commercial Buildings

If you are considering a metal roof for your commercial building, it can feel a little overwhelming. There is a myriad of options for structure, color, and type. Relying on a commercial metal roofing contractor can help with that. They can go over all your options and can even go into detail about how to install commercial metal roofing. Because one of the many benefits of metal roofing is that it can be installed directly over existing materials. As long as your current roof is in good condition, you could easily hire a commercial roofer in East Hartford, CT to install a new roof.

Once you have landed on a roofing structure, next comes choosing the metal type. For commercial buildings, you have options like:

  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Coated Steel
  • And More!

Consulting with a commercial roofing company will be the best way to ensure you are getting the best deal and the best material for your needs. Not all metal roofing is manufactured the same, so you need to be sure that what you choose will be able to withstand everything you expose it to. Contact Hartford Restoration Services for more information. 

Commercial Metal Roofing Types

When it comes to commercial metal roofing, there are several options to choose from. It’s best to consult with commercial metal roofing contractors to get an understanding of your options. They can also help you pick the best one for your budget and needs.

  • Corrugated Roofing: This is by far the most well-known metal roofing option for commercial roofing purposes. Sheets can come in two distinct variations, U-Panel or R-Panel. U-panels will give a softer, less harsh appearance than R-panels.
  • Standing Seam: One of the most popular options for it beauty and durability. The standing seam metal roof has, essentially, hidden fasteners that are protected from the elements. This allows the metal to last longer and provide more reliability.
  • Coated Steel Sheets: About the same price as aluminum roofing, this option is inexpensive. It is actually coated in aluminum to provide the most long-lasting and durable option for commercial and industrial roofing needs.

No matter which metal roofing system you choose, you can’t go wrong. If you ever feel like you want a little more protection or longevity for your metal roof, you can invest in things like commercial roof coatings. These coatings provide a layer of protection to any roof, but especially to metal roofs. They are an inexpensive choice for those that want to restore their roof but don’t want to spend a lot of money.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to install a metal roof?
    • The cost will vary and depend on the size of your roof. Generally speaking, however, if you have a 1,500 sq ft roof, a metal roof installation could run you around $12,000.
  • What is a standing seam metal roof?
    • It is a type of metal roofing system that utilizes hidden fasteners. Two sheets are designed to snap together to create one system. The sheets can then be pinned together with a fastener at the lip where the two overlap, essentially creating a hidden fastener. 
  • What are the different types of metal roofs?
    • There is a corrugated roof, metal tile shingles, standing seam metal roofing, and more. For metal roofing, there are several system options as well as several material options. Deciding on which one to install will depend on your needs and what you can afford. 
  • How good are metal roofs?
    • Metal roofs are a great investment. They provide increased protection, energy efficiency, and longevity. A metal roof is good for commercial buildings because it can withstand extended exposure to things like wind, rain, smoke, grease, and more.
  • What is the most common metal roof?
    • The most common metal roofing material is aluminum. It is cheap to purchase, highly flexible and durable. The most common metal roofing system is the standing seam roof. It provides the most protection and longevity for the cost.
Panels of Standing Seam Roofing for Commercial Metal Roof Installation Purposes

Contact Our Team Today for More Information and Scheduling Services

Want to work with an amazing roofing company in your area? Then contact Hartford Restoration Services today! We can help with all your commercial roofing needs, like a commercial metal roof installation in East Hartford, CT. Our contractors can provide the expert installation, repair, and replacement services you need. We’re available at 860-508-0021 when you are ready to get started. 

What is the Best Material for Flat Roofing?

Flat roofs are a standard in commercial roofing.

Low cost and durable

For commercial projects throughout Connecticut, many builders choose flat roofs. These roofs are common because they are generally low cost compared to other roofing systems and very durable no matter the material used.

Builders also like the space flat roofs leave open for HVAC systems, ventilation and exhausts. They are also easily accessible for repairs and maintenance and hold up well to foot traffic.

Plus, with flat roofing you have a wealth of options available to choose from, including traditional built up or tar and gravel roofing, modified bitumen roofing and single ply roofing like EPDM and TPO.

What kind of roofing you choose will ultimately depend on your needs. If you are in the market for a flat roof or need repairs, Hartford Restoration Services is a flat roofing specialist in East Hartford, CT. We have served East Hartford, CT and the rest of Connecticut as a commercial roofer for more than 35 years. Give us a call to find out more about the services we offer, give us a call at 860-508-0021.

Types of Flat Roofs

When you’re in the market for a flat roof, you’ll want to consider all the advantages and disadvantages each of the roof types offer before installing your roof. There are three main types of flat roofs:

  • Built up roofs
  • Modified bitumen
  • Single ply

Built up Roofs

Built up roofs, also known as BUR or tar and gravel roofs, have been around for more than a century. Composed of layers of reinforced fabric and bitumen with a top layer of aggregate, built up roofs are durable and with good maintenance can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. These roofs are notable especially for their excellent waterproofing, as well as strong protection from ultraviolet rays, the damaging rays from the sun. Most modern built up roofs are designed with a layer of insulation to improve energy efficiency. The top layer of aggregate also serves to make the roofing system fire resistant.

While they are strong and long lasting, BUR roofs take some time to install, which can increase costs. Because these roofs are usually heat installed there is also a risk of exposure to hazardous fumes as the roof is being placed on. BUR roofs are also sometimes susceptible to wind damage.

Modified bitumen roofs are usually heat applied.

Modified bitumen

As an alternative to BUR roofing, modified bitumen roofs are composed of an asphalt and either rubber or plastic material that’s normally heat applied using a blowtorch. When heat applied, modified bitumen roofs are nearly seamless, a trait valued because it reduces the chance of leaks. These roofs are also highly impact resistant and hold up well against severe weather such as hail. The material is flexible and expands and contracts as temperatures fluctuate, which helps them avoid cracking.  

On the other hand, while most flat roofs offer strong protection from sun damage, the darker material of modified bitumen tends to absorb heat, making it less energy efficient than other roofing systems. These roofs can also be vulnerable to damage from standing water, so your flat roof will need a good drainage system to keep water flowing away from the roof.

Single ply

As the name implies, single ply roofs are designed with a single roofing membrane. Sheets of membrane are easily applied to the roof, making single ply roofs easy to install. Ease of installation helps reduce costs.

Over the past 40 years or so, many commercial roofers are choosing single ply roofing systems like EPDM and TPO because they are low cost and easy to install. Moreover, these roofs are highly damage resistant and tend to be energy efficient. Both EPDM and TPO are made from synthetic rubber.

Both types of roofing systems hold up against tears, abrasions and punctures, and can last anywhere between 15 and 30 years or more. They are also low-maintenance and easy to repair when repairs are needed.

EPDM roofs are installed in wide strips leaving few seams, an advantage when it comes to avoiding leaks. Often, most problems with EPDM occur with poor installation. Poor installation is not something you never have to worry about when it comes to Hartford Restoration Services’s  experienced roofers.

As a rubber roofing system, TPO roofs have advanced in popularity over the past few years. Like EPDM roofs, TPO is highly damage resistant, as well as effective at resisting corrosive materials. The material is normally light and highly reflective, keeping the sun’s heat away from the building below. This helps improve energy efficiency and saves you money on energy bills.

Repair and installation

Whatever flat roof system you choose, make sure to choose Hartford Restoration Services when you are installing a new roof or needing repairs in East Hartford, CT. With 35 years of experience we are the trusted, dependable commercial roofer for projects throughout Connecticut. Call us at 860-508-0021 today to schedule us.