Flat roofs can be a great addition to a home if they are installed properly. We take many extra steps during our flat roof installations that are not required by building code. Over many years of installing this roofing system we have found many extra steps that can be made to insure a longer lifespan. For example: we install 6 inch stripping around the perimeter of the roof before we install your new drip edge. This allows the final cap sheet to melt the new drip edge into the roof sealing it off. This will stop water intrusion around the perimeter of the roof as it ages. We also highly recommend installing a tapered system on your flat roof which will act as another insulated barrier to help with heating and cooling but will also create a slight pitch on the roof for proper water drainage. The most important part of these roofs is leveling out the homes wood decking before install which most companies do not do. All of our installation technicians that do our flat roof installations go through a rigorous training before we allow them to install this roofing system and each flat roof is supervised thoroughly from start to finish.
TYPES OF FLAT ROOFS
TPO is a thin rubber roofing material that gets stretched out and secured to the roof with metal plates and screws. After installing this rubber roofing, we heat weld another piece over top of the first piece to become one unit. This is one of many options available. We do not recommend this option for roofs that are located under large trees as it could penetrate the material and cause further damage.
This is the most popular and cost-effective option for flat roofs. These systems are installed a lot better than they were previously. At Armored Roofing we install peel and stick to the wood decking and then we torch down the modified cap sheet. We also install stripping around the perimeter of the roof to melt the new drip edge into the new roof protecting the perimeter for many years to come.
Peel and stick is a flat roof option that is identical to modified torch roofing systems but it strictly peels and sticks directly to the decking on the flat roof. We install a base sheet and then a final cap sheet.
LEVELING THE FIELD
One of the disadvantages of flat roofs is that they are known to get dips in them causing water to pond. A dip can cause a larger issue with your flat roof. At Armored Roofing, our team will use a product to level out the field of the flat roof before the new roof gets installed to be sure to eliminate and low areas and make sure the water will drain properly.
RE-NAILING OF THE DECK
At Armored Roofing we will always re-nail the flat roof decking with 8D ring-shank nails to bring the decking up to current building code and secure the structure of the decking.
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