Understanding Your Flat Roofing Options for Your Strata Building


If you are developing a strata property, you must choose the right construction materials for optimal longevity and performance. One of the most important structures that you must think about extensively during the planning process is the roof. This component will determine the durability of the building, its aesthetic appeal and general maintenance requirements. If you are looking for a modern roof with excellent performance characteristics, you should consider using flat roofing. 

As implied, this type of structure consists of an almost slope-less roofing surface. When installed on a strata building, it will increase the appeal of the property. Also, the flat surface can be used for different purposes such as placement of HVAC units or solar panels. If you are interested in strata roofing, here are the most popular material options that you can select.

PVC Membrane

The PVC membrane is probably the most well-liked flat roofing material. This type of roof is fabricated as a single but resilient thermoplastic layer. PVC flat roofs are extremely durable, and they can withstand high mechanical pressure and stress without breakage. The surface is also invulnerable to leakages because the material has low porosity. Also, the seams are watertight. These sections are usually hot air welded, creating an impenetrable surface. You will find PVC roofs in bright colours which reflect sunlight and promote energy efficiency. 

EPDM Rubber Membrane

EPDM rubber membranes are commonly referred to as rubber roofs. EPDM is synthetic rubber which has excellent performance characteristics. The composition of this material is stable and robust; you will enjoy exceptional weatherability after installation. The membrane can also withstand high temperature and ultraviolet radiation without degradation. Additionally, the membrane is easy to apply. So, you can cut some of your projected construction time. The main advantage of EPDM rubber roof over PVC is the lower cost because this material is widely available.

TPO Membrane

Thermoplastic polyolefin flat roofs are manufactured by combining multiple plastics, including polypropylene, ethylene, rubber and filler compounds. Due to the combination, this material provides some of the advantages of both PVC and EPDM. The cost of the TPO is considerably close to EPDM, and the roofing can be welded like PVC, creating stronger seams.

Modified Bitumen

PVC, EPDM and TPO flat roofing products are robust and durable. However, they are made from a single membrane which can be damaged if high and intentional force is applied. The modified bitumen roofing is a multiply option which performs well in terms of mechanical resilience and energy efficiency. 


11 September 2017

Ryan's New Roofing Blog

Hello, my name is Ryan and this is my blog. I don't work in the roofing industry but I recently had to spend a week on the roof of my home trying to fix it up. I am pretty good at DIY, but in the end, I had to call in a roofing contractor to help me out. I decided to replace the entire roof and that wasn't a job I was going to take on my own. I have learnt a lot during the past few weeks and I hope to use this blog to pass on some of my knowledge.