Tar and Gravel Roofs
The gravel used with an asphalt roof has many functions.
Accent Roofing of Amarillo has the experience you need to evaluate and install any roofing system. Classic flat roofing is almost completely level or has a very slight pitch. In the past flat roofs were not as durable as sloped roofs. Sloped roofs shed snow and rain much more quickly. Flat roofing materials have been developed that are more durable and energy efficient. Flat roofing systems can be single-ply, built-up, or spray-on.
Single-ply roofing systems are used most frequently in commercial and residential construction. EPDM, PVC, or TPO are the most popular single-ply membranes. Each has different levels of durability. Single-ply means that just one layer of membrane is used as a waterproofing and weather surface. Some single-ply roofing materials can be recycled. They are also solar reflective and energy efficient. High end membranes can last up to thirty years and offer resistance to snow, ice, rain, wind, and fire.
Build-up roofs are composed of layers of tar-saturated paper and liquid tar with gravel, asphalt, rolled asphalt, or modified bitumen. More and more layers are added to increase the durability of the roof. Built-up roofs are installed residentially on buildings with a slight roof slope. They are less expensive to install, making them a viable option for those on a budget. Maintenance on built-up roofs can be easy as well. Spray-on roofing is sprayed directly onto the roof deck. It is then coated with acrylic or urethane coating followed by a layer of crushed stones or sand. It can conform to all roof shapes and sizes and offers seamless installation.
Spray-on roofing systems also provide good insulation and are energy efficient. They are waterproof and require little maintenance, lasting up to forty years.
Due to the variety of flat roofing options, it is best to consult with a professional roofing company to choose and install the best system for your roof. Proper installation of a flat roofing system is critical to the longevity and durability of the roof. Improper installation will cause leaks or other damage. Accent Roofing of Amarillo has years of experience with flat roofing. We can ensure that your roof is installed correctly and will do the job of protecting your home.
Depending on the type of flat roofing installed, the roof can last from seven to forty years. Proper maintenance and prompt repairs can extend the life of the roof. Repairs can be tricky, so it is best to seek help from roofing experts. They will ensure the roof is patched correctly.