We are trained and certified in installation of all industry leading membranes and systems for longest-lasting flat roofs in the industry. Our clients are able to rest assured of our competence and dedication to serving them and their buildings for the long-term. Since we are unique in the industry, by offering a full range of flat roof services, both pragmatic repair and upkeep and new roofing, we are flexible to help serve our client’s needs with optimal solutions.
There are several types of modern flat roof systems. By and large, almost across the board, if a roof layout or configuration allows for a modern low-energy and low maintenance roof system, we will in most cases recommend a single-ply system.
There are several types of modern flat roof systems available on the market today in single-ply flexible membranes. One of the strongest and most durable types is roll roofing, with high reflectivity. There are also several other types of systems which better fit specific contexts and have different strengths and advantages, in certain configurations. We provide further information about some of the most common of these different types of roof systems below.
The main system types follow:
- Zero-upkeep & low energy footprint systems
- Bitumen systems
- Metal Systems
Zero-upkeep & low energy footprint systems
- Zero-upkeep & low energy footprint systems are the most modern, and most efficient and effective systems available. We classify roof materials into this category if they have no life-cycle recoating requirements and have high reflectivity. Several different material types fit in this category, TPO is one of the best.
Although these systems are a bit more expensive than their traditional predecessors such as metal and bitumen systems, they perform much better and for much longer. Our company is trained and well experienced in best practices for not just installation of modern systems but also for installation of modern systems in the context of historic buildings.
- Not long ago, bitumen systems such as granulated modified bitumen membranes combined the positive characteristics of durability and flexibility to custom create field details on complicated roof layouts and configurations. Today, modified bitumen systems may still work best to join with existing adjacent modified bitumen systems where there is not a natural demarcation. Examples include layouts that lack parapets at demising walls between joined properties.
In such cases, our company has the skills and flexibility to provide the best of all possible options for each circumstance, and can install a new modified bitumen roof system.
- Metal systems are one of the oldest types of roofs that are still available and not completely outdated, still on the market today. Lead alloys have all but completely been removed from the local market. Whether your an advocate against lead alloys in roofing, the option of a metal roof aesthetic is still an option.
Standing seam metal roofs, for example, have a distinct and interesting architectural aesthetic.
Our company takes a customized approach to providing our customers with options that suit their needs.Depending on a litany of factors, the same solution is not the best solution for each and every customer. Some customers have different financial means and different targets of longevity. We always strive for the best in quality, but there are options to each issue and type of construction. We pride ourselves in the relationships we build with our clients and work to stay flexible in our approach to providing solutions for our customers.
Because of our elite training and experience, we understand the products and options better than anyone in the industry.We work with our customers to provide the information that they can use to make the decision that works best for their needs.
The following list of characteristics should be considered when choosing a new roof system.
- Upkeep requirements
- Energy footprint: Reflectivity and Thermal resistance.
Life-cycle costs are extremely important and often undervalued or not fully recognized by clients and building owners. We try to explain the life-cycle cost values to clients and the benefits of low upkeep requirements.
Often the cheapest fist-cost roof options have the highest life-cycle costs, so they save a few dollars upfront but then you have to pay double before long as time goes on. All systems, even so called “Maintenance-free” systems have some upkeep costs, but the cheapest systems not only have shorter lifespans, but the highest of all life-cycle costs. We advise our clients to make the decisions that are best for themselves, even when factoring life-cycle costs.
Energy footprint: Reflectivity and Thermal resistance
Similar to upkeep requirements, low-energy roofs save money every day, all summer long, by reducing building and home cooling costs. These high reflectivity membranes reflect the majority of the heat producing thermal rays from the sun.
As well, our company, in almost all circumstances of new roofs, will install extremely high thermal resistance underlayments. This not only provides a terrific substrate for mounting and attaching the roof membrane, but also will reduce trapped condensation and provide thermal insulation, which again saves cooling costs in the summer, and also can help, in some configurations, keep heat in in the winter.
These are important considerations and clients should have the opportunity to work with a contractor who will understand the needs of their building and options that suit them best.
In certain circumstances, for example: when future plans include modifications and / or options for other new elements of construction such as rooftop terraces or decks or exhaust systems,you need a roof system that can adapt and be easily modified in the future. Our company is cross-trained with several types of roof materials and can help clients select a roof system that can be adapted and modified more effectively and or at lower cost in the future.
Because of the requirements of adjacent properties to attach between properties, certain systems are better for attachment to pre-existing membranes. Our company will work with our clients to select the roof system that works best for their needs.
The following four types of durability or resistance to deterioration are extremely important, and we work with our clients to select the options work best fo their needs:
- UV Resistance.
- Resistance to damage or wear from foot traffic.
- Impact damage resistance.
- Resistance to thermal stressors.