In today’s market, there is a wide range of roofing materials available — and one of them is modified bitumen. It has been one of the go-to options of professional contractors for flat and low-sloped roofs since it was first introduced in the early 1960’s. A lot of home and commercial building owners confuse this type of roofing with EPDM. The main difference is that EPDM is made from recycled rubber, while modified bitumen is made from asphalt.
To help you understand this popular commercial roofing material, here are its many advantages:
One of the main advantages of modified bitumen is that it has an extremely tear-resistant membrane. This is largely because of its layers of fiberglass and/or polyester reinforcement. This unique feature makes modified bitumen ideal for commercial buildings with rooftop access, such as cafes.
Any veteran roofer will attest to the importance of water-resistant or waterproof roofing materials. Luckily, bitumen is inherently waterproof. Even the adhesives used on this membrane can provide sufficient protection against water damage.
Modified bitumen is considered a “cool roof” because of its solar reflectance and thermal emission qualities. This means that the roofing material is able to reflect sunlight and can expel already-absorbed heat, lowering your indoor cooling expenses.
A low-sloped roof with flexible roofing membrane like modified bitumen is good for impact resistance. In addition, modified bitumen has the ability to expand and contract according to temperature changes, without splitting or losing its shape.
If you need help with upgrading your home or business exterior, look no further than Chase Roofing LLC. We offer professional remodeling services — from roof replacement to gutter repair installation. For a smooth and stress-free experience, call us at (757) 206-1948. You may also fill out our contact form to start a conversation with one of our specialists. We serve clients in and around Williamsburg, VA.