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Flat Roof Florida: Installations and Replacements

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We often don’t notice them from the ground, but flat roofs are found in many commercial and residential buildings around Florida. 

With their very low slope, flat roofs require specialized roofing knowledge. While sloped roofs, such as shingle, tile, or metal roofs, drain rainstorm or hurricane water fairly swiftly, flat roofs retain significant amounts of water before they drain completely. 

Water puddles and water pooling on a flat roof can eventually leak into the building from cracks. Flat roofs require consistent maintenance to verify their insulation. A flat roof must be completely weather-proof and water-proof for maximum building integrity. 

Flat roof materials have evolved and there are now several choices that reflect sun rays away from the roof and are also durable and hard enough to walk on. 

Top-floor apartments often have a flat roof. Sheds, attics, and outbuildings can also have a flat roof instead of a slanted one. Many FL apartments benefit from a flat roof, which they turn into usable space for barbeques and relaxing. Some apartment owners choose to turn their flat roofs into plant oases. 

Most FL commercial buildings have flat roofs. They are easier and cheaper to install and offer the option to install air conditioning units, solar panels, and other equipment.

What are the benefits of flat roofs?

Cheaper to install

It is much easier to construct a new flat roof. There is no need for a slanted roof structure and the top part of the building is essentially the roof. With the right flat roof material and proper drainage, your roof will be ready in less time and much less expensive than a pitched roof.

Easier to access

Unlike a slanted roof, such as a shingle or tile roof, a flat roof offers easy access. With a ladder, you can climb on the roof and inspect it without the risk of falling down. It is also easy to turn your flat roof into an outdoor living space for gardening, resting, or storing things. 

Great to install equipment

Flat roofs are particularly common in commercial buildings. Their flat surface makes it easy to install air conditioning units and solar panels. Because flat roofs are not visible from the ground, unsightly equipment is truly out of sight. Especially in the case of solar panels, flat roofs make installing racking very quick and cost-efficient. 

Flat roofs are durable

With the right material, flat roofs can last well into 30 years and sometimes even 50 years. Flat roofs require minimal maintenance, which makes them very appealing.

What types of materials are available for flat roofs?

Flat roofs must be covered with an insulating flat roofing material to keep rainwater and heat away. The flat roofing system technology is moving ahead and we now have plenty of materials to choose from. 

Built-up 

This is the most affordable solution for flat roof systems. It is made of gravel and tar and is the most common material on flat roofs. It is waterproof and also resistant to extreme weather conditions like high winds and hailstorms, which are quite common in Florida. 

This type of material is relatively heavy, so you should have the structural integrity of your building checked before installing it. 

Modified Bitumen 

Modified bitumen flat roofs are weather-resistant and water-resistant. They are cost-efficient and are installed in layers.

Rubber roofing

If you plan on using your flat roof frequently, you should look for scratch-free flat roofing materials. Rubber membranes are scratch-resistant and reflect the sun’s rays away from the roof, which keeps the inside of the building insulated and cooler. 

TPO roofing

This type of flat roof material utilizes PVC or TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin–TPO) made from vinyl. They are weather-resistant and water-resistant and insulate the building from external heat. As a result, the internal building temperature will not be affected by external temperatures. Heat in Florida can be extreme and humid, so you want an insulating material on your flat roof. 

PVC and TPO are supplied in rolls and attached by hot air welding. To achieve optimal results, you should only trust professionals like Solar Prime USA who have been installing TPO and PVC roofing for years.

Repairing a flat roof with Solar Prime USA

Flat roof repair is part of the roofing services we provide for home or commercial building roofing systems. Flat roofing has almost no slope, so you must ensure that water drains freely off the roof and down the gutters when it rains, otherwise, water will pool and form puddles. If there is the slightest crack on the roof, water will seep through. 

Flashing 

Flashing keeps the roof waterproof and directs the water away from corners where it could pool, for example at the foot of a chimney. Flashing is also found around HVAC units and drains. If the flashing gets torn at the edges, water will seep through under the flashing and into the house. 

The roof material is deteriorating

The roof material or membrane can deteriorate with UV lights, water hitting it, hailstorms, and high winds sending debris against it. 

If the membrane gets torn, cracked, or broken, water will pass through. 

The roof structure is imperiled

Because they are not slanted, flat roofs gather more weight than slanted ones. Even though it doesn’t snow in Florida, immense quantities of rainwater fall in small time periods. If the water doesn’t flow freely and quickly off the roof, it stays on, putting weight pressure on its structure. 

If the roof structure is imperiled, water will seep through the roof and into the building. 

You see bubbles forming on the roof membrane

If you see bubbles forming under the roof membrane, it means that humidity has managed to enter between the layers of your roof material. You have a tear, crack, or tear somewhere and water is slowly pooling under the roof material.

Maintaining a flat roof with Solar Prime USA

You should inspect your flat roof regularly and make sure it is solid and weatherproof. 

Flat roof inspection

Flat roofs are easy to access and inspect. Call us now to book an inspection appointment for your home or business roof. We will check for bubbles, tears on the membrane, damage, cracks, or signs of humidity passing through.

Drains inspection

Drains are crucial in a flat roof system because they direct the water away from the roof and onto the ground. Flat roofs are slightly sloped to help water go toward the drain. Make sure the drain is debris-free and no leaves or twigs are blocking the drain. 

Membrane tear

Some types of flat roof membranes, like PVC and TPO, can be repaired with patches. When you notice a tear, call Solar Prime USA and our flat roof technicians will be with you to inspect the problem and repair the tear.

Solar Prime USA for your flat roof installation and replacement

Trust our highly-skilled roofer to replace, install, or repair your flat roof in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. 

We are local to our service area and know first-hand how difficult and challenging weather conditions can be in Florida. The roofs we build, install, or repair are made to withstand the high winds, rainstorms, hailstorms, and hurricanes that often land in our State.  Give us a call to get a free quote on your flat roof repair or installation.

While we don’t have to worry about snow in Florida, we do have intense heat, humidity, and extreme weather events that can test all roofs and building structures. We work with these severe conditions in mind to deliver an optimal roofing system, using the best materials to guarantee maximum durability for your residential or commercial roofing.

FAQ

Can I stay home while you remodel my roof?

Unless the roof is structurally compromised and requires a complete overhaul, our roofers and roof specialists can work on your roof while you still live in your home. 

We take extra precautions when we remove the old roof materials to haul them carefully. We cover landscape features in case roof materials fall off the roof and we clear a workspace around your property where we put all our materials. Once we finish our work, we clean all debris, trash, nails, and dangerous materials. 

When the roof is installed, we clean the drains and gutters from debris so that rainwater can flow freely. 

How do I choose a good roof contractor?

You want your roof contractor to be trustworthy and experienced. 

  • Trust local roofing contractors who know local weather conditions. 
  • Choose a roofing contractor with years of experience in installing and repairing various types of roofs, both residential and commercial. 
  • Your roof contractor should be insured, certified, and bonded. 
  • A good roofing contractor will offer workmanship and labor warranties as well as warranties on the roofing materials. 

Your home or building deserves the best and Solar Prime USA is your trusted roof contractor. Contact us today to get a free estimate on your flat roof maintenance or roof replacement, for advice on possible financing options with favorable terms, and to learn more about our business and residential roofing services.

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