The best flat-roofing solutions

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The best flat-roofing solutions
Flat roofing is common in parts of the country where there is little rain. (on roof image by cherry from

Flat roofing is common in parts of the country where there is little rain or snow. Also, flat roofing is common in industrial buildings and warehouses. However, there are a lot of problems related to flat roofing. In particular, flat roofing has water leakage and mould issues. The best flat-roofing solutions will be waterproof.

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Built-Up Roofing

Built-up roofing (BUR) is basically layers of roofing stacked up with waterproofing, coal tar, asphalt, adhesive and more asphalt. Another name for BUR is tar and gravel roofing. BUR minimises sun and water damage on a flat roof and is, according to, one of the most reliable and oldest ways of roofing. The three components of BUR have not changed since 1840, when this flat-roofing solution first appeared. The three components consist of waterproofing, reinforcing and surfacing. According to the same website, depending on the amount of materials used and the conditions which afflict the roof job, BUR lasts somewhere between 15 and 25 years.

EPDM Rubber Roofing

Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber roofing is one of the most waterproof flat-roof solutions available. According to, EPDM rubber roofing has been installed on billions of square feet of roofs and has proven its durability against water leakage. The best part of EPDM as a flat-roof solution is that it is easy to install, so do-it-yourselfers don't have to spend too much money getting their roofing job done. Because EPDM rubber roofing is so popular, there are many DVDs and books available with instructions on how to install this roofing.

Single-Ply Roofing

There are two types of single-ply roofing: thermoset and thermoplastic. Thermoset single-ply roofing consists of rubber thermoset membranes which are glued onto the roof using a liquid adhesive that makes a waterproof seal. Thermoplastic single-ply roofing consists of plastic thermoplastic membranes which are welded onto the roof. Thermoplastic single-ply roofing is usually accompanied by a fibreglass or polyester layer, which makes the roof job last longer.

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