Modified bitumen roofs are long lasting and durable, but you might not have considered using one before. After all, bitumen is a type of asphalt which you may consider to be more suitable for paving parking lots than using as a roof.
Luckily, the strengths that make it a great solution on the ground also apply when it’s over your head. There are certain situations where any other kind of roofing material would be impossible to use. That’s what makes modified bitumen the perfect flat roof in many ways, depending on the job.
Why You Should Choose a Modified Bitumen Roof
The most common application of modified bitumen roofing systems is in concert with a flat roof. Flat roofs are often much less strong than their peaked or domed counterparts, and often do not have the structural strength to support heavy tiles or even lightweight metal roofing.
Modified bitumen roofs can be installed in sheet form, or as a bitumen application over a prepared area. Any seams are joined by melting the two areas together which effectively prevents leaks and makes the covering watertight.
Other flat roofing solutions will have seams that cannot be joined in this way, resulting in a roof that can be lifted by the wind and gaps that can allow water in. Bitumen roofs will protect from storms, including hurricanes, and will stand strong against wind and rain.
Usefully for buildings in Florida, modified bitumen will not be damaged by heat either. Different bitumen mixes are suitable for different locations and mix specifically designed for Florida. One of the benefits is that Bitumen can help keep the temperature of the rooms down. It can be a problem if you get a roof that attracts heat. The warm air can stay in your attic which will raise your utility bill and cause massive problems in your life.
Modified bitumen roofs can last for 20 years, but this timescale is not directly comparable to other roofing types (e.g. clay tiles). Many clay roofs are often unsuitable for the same application as a bitumen roof. Tiled roofs can last for 50 or 100 years, but the weight, size, or shape of the tiles would prevent them from providing a useful and usable solution.
This type of roofing is often quick to install and can provide protection for large or small roofing areas.