Regarding roofing options for buildings with flat roofs in Florida, there are several choices available. Each material comes with its advantages and disadvantages, making it important to consider your specific needs and requirements before making a decision. From TPO to modified bitumen, and even coatings, it’s essential to understand the various options available and their benefits.
TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)
TPO is a popular material for flat roofs. It is a single-ply roofing sheet that is heat-welded to create seams. TPO roofs are durable, energy-efficient, and easy to maintain. They are particularly suitable for lower-slope and flat roofs.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
PVC is another popular single-ply material for flat roofs. It is durable and easy to maintain and is recommended for roofs that may be in contact with chemicals or grease. PVC roofs are also heat-welded to create seams.
KEE (Ketone Ethylene Ester)
KEE is a single-ply membrane that is more puncture-resistant than other single-ply roofs. It can be used with PVC or any other product to create a durable, weatherproof roof. However, KEE is more expensive than other single-ply materials.
EPDM is a synthetic material that is similar to TPO in many ways. It is commonly used on commercial flat roofs but is less effective in Florida and other southern states. Its taped seams can easily blow apart in windy storms. It is, therefore, rarely used.
Modified Bitumen Membrane (Mod Bit)
A modified Bitumen membrane is a polyester or glass fiber membrane that has been coated with asphalt. These roofs have multiple layers of protection and superior puncture resistance. They have a long lifespan and are a great choice for commercial clients.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which offers Roofing Contractors In Clearwater FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.