Modified bitumen is one of the most popular commercial roofing systems today, and has a distinct set of features that make it an ideal choice for certain types of commercial roofs. Read on as Dynamic Roofing Concepts Inc. takes a closer look at modified bitumen roofing, and how it can benefit your commercial property.
Modified bitumen is like a cross between traditional tar-and-gravel (built-up) roofing and modern membrane roofing. A roll of modified bitumen has a layer of bitumen, reinforcing layers of fiberglass or polyester and an outer layer that’s similar to asphalt shingles. During installation, the underlying bitumen is heated using a torch, the melted bitumen serving as both an adhesive and waterproofing element. Other versions of modified bitumen roofing feature a self-adhering layer, which allows a simpler installation process.
There are many other commercial roofing options on the market, such as single-ply membrane roofing like EPDM and TPO, metal roofing and traditional built-up roofing. But what separates modified bitumen from these other systems is that it strikes the right balance of features. The installation process is relatively quick, which is important if roofing work would disrupt business hours, yet the resulting roof is nevertheless extremely durable. It can withstand daily foot traffic—perfect if your property has a rooftop cafe or something similar—as well as impact from airborne debris.
Modified bitumen strongly adheres to the substrate once installed, which makes it immune to blow-offs and other problems caused by high winds. Leaks can be easily located and, much like membrane roofing, can be easily repaired without disturbing other parts of the roof. In addition to all these features, modified bitumen is available in several colors, including light-colored options that reflect sunlight. This helps reduce the heat absorbed through the roof, which can result in significant energy savings, especially during the summer season.
To learn more about modified bitumen roofing, call Dynamic Roofing Concepts Inc. today at (813) 257-9355. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free quote. We serve Tampa, FL and surrounding areas in Florida.