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Flat roofing is a popular type of roofing for individuals who live in areas that do not receive a significant amount of rain. Nonetheless, with the right precautions, this style of roof can make an efficient addition to homes in all areas of the country. Somerset County roofers may be able to help homeowners determine whether flat roofing is a viable option. There are a variety of types of flat roofs available on the market, including built up roofing, single ply roofing and sprayed polyurethane foam roofs.

With all flat roofs, it is essential to have a good irrigation system. Because flat roofs create an even plane, water and leaves can accumulate, breaking down the materials of the roof. Over time, this leads to roof leaks, rot and potentially even collapse. While certain material coatings can prevent the accumulation of water and snow on top of a flat roof, it is also essential to maintain a proper irrigation system. To prevent leakage, flat roofs should be sealed with waterproof material and have a regularly maintained drainage system.

The built up roofing system refers to a roof drainage system that is built upon layers. Alternating layers of the chosen roofing material utilize different waterproof coatings and materials, from asphalt to cold application adhesive, to keep water out of the home. Tar and gravel roofing is also popular since it uses a finishing layer of gravel and minerals to minimize the damage caused by the sun's UV rays as well as to keep water away from the interior of the home.

The roofers from Peter W Smith Construction of Somerset County NJ would be happy to answer any question you have about roof repair or residential roofing.

Sprayed polyurethane foam has been used recently to create one cohesive structure across the entire roof. Foam is light, easy to install and very flexible, preventing the damage that can be caused when moving more fragile materials. SPF systems are known for being easy to maintain and relatively affordable compared to the installation and maintenance requirements of other roofing systems. SPF can be applied over any current roofing material, from metal to asphalt shingles, making it a great way to update an existing flat roof with a more durable finish. Single ply roofs are another option for homeowners who are looking for a watertight seal without high maintenance. These systems are more costly, but they have high longevity ratings, which can lead to long term savings on installation and replacement.

While some homeowners choose to go the do it yourself route when it comes to roofing, installing a flat roof is more difficult than other types of installation. Because flat roofs are dependent on a solid drainage system, hiring a professional may be the best option for long term efficiency.

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