Choosing the best flat roofing type for your building, budget and climate is an important consideration. At NorthCan we offer all major types of flat roofing for our commercial and industrial clients:
Single Ply PVC and TPO: Requiring skillful installation, PVC membranes are one of the most effective flat roofing materials for waterproofing, energy efficiency and longevity. While the installation process is labour-intensive, this combination of materials will often give you the most durable flat roof to face all the Canadian seasons. This roof will last you up to a whopping 50 years!
Double Ply Modified Bitumen: Modified bitumen is a cost-effective flat roofing option that provides added protection against the elements with its double layering. Modified bitumen is excellent at handing a wide range of temperatures. Double ply modified bitumen flat roofing generally lasts for 10-20 years. However, its durability is heavily dependent on the quality of the installation. If you plan to choose this economic option, be sure to invest in high-quality workmanship to make sure that you truly save money in the long run.
Four Ply Built-Up Roof: Built-Up roofing is one of the most common types of flat roofing for commercial buildings. The layered sheets of ply are adhered with heated asphalt. Since it is layered, this type of roof is very durable and often lasts for 15-20 years. However, it is important to keep in mind that this roof is heavy, and will only increase in weight if you decide to add a layer of gravel to the surface to increase its durability.
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Single Ply EPDM Flat Roof: EPDM roofs are now one of the most popular types on the market. EPDM roofs are installed by rolling out large sheets of rubber onto the frame of your roof. The installation process requires meticulous care, since leaving pockets of air in the roof will make your flat roof prone to leakage. Overall, the rubber ensures that the roof is durable, weather-resistant and flexible. EPDM is an economical option that will last between 10-20 years and requires minimal upkeep.
Metal Roof: While metal roofing is not common option for all buildings, it can be an attractive choice for clients looking for a durable and non-combustible roof. It has the added benefit of reflecting light off the building, and thereby lowering air conditioning costs. Metal roofs that have been chemically treated will be long-lasting and offer a more permanent roofing solution.
A professionally-installed roof made of durable materials can last you fifty years or more. However, even flat roofs installed with the highest-quality materials and workmanship require frequent maintenance. When did you roof have its last professional inspection? If it was more than a year ago, you are certainly overdue for an inspection. While it may feel tedious to have your roof inspected regularly, it is the best way to prolong the life of your roof and avoid having to replace your flat roof before its maximum lifespan.
Our team at NorthCan has years of experience installing and repairing flat roof for our commercial and industrial clients.
The most common reasons that clients come to us to replace their roof:
• Regular wear-and-tear causes the slow degradation of the roof, leading to a reduction in durability and waterproofing.
• An unprofessional initial installation of the roof can lead to problems like leaks and excessive water stagnation.
• Consistent leaks, both small and large, lead to the damage of the overall roofing system. Such leaks can encourage the growth of mould and compromise the building structure.
Reach out to us to get a detailed quote for your flat roof replacement. Our team is here to help you. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the different materials or the installation process. Send us the details of your flat roof replacement project or call us to discuss your plans!