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Applying a low slop roofing system to a home or business requires a certain set of expertise and knowledge. Low sloped roofing is often referred to as flat roofing, and there are numerous styles of flat roofing to choose from depending on the needs of the structure. The low angle of the roof provides challenges for water proofing and drainage. The selection of roof membrane, the building's insulation needs, and the type of roof deck most appropriate for the structure all contribute to which low slope configuration is best.

Somerset County roofers are familiar with the particular needs of buildings in the area. The average rainfall for the county is well above the US average at 47 inches every year, and the area's 22 inches of snow is high also. Proper drainage and adequate roofing goes a long way to keeping out precipitation, but water is not the only concern. Additionally, adequate insulation can reduce energy costs and protect the structure from damage.

There are a variety of low slope configurations available. Previously, asphalt and gravel were used for flat roof systems, but membrane roofing provides numerous advantages including lower maintenance. Synthetic rubber systems, modified bitumen, or thermoplastics like PVC are now the standard for constructing low slope roofs.

Thermoset, also known as synthetic rubber, is a configuration of large, flat strips of synthetic rubber bonded together to form a continuous membrane covering the roof.

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A thermoplastic membrane is similar to thermoset, except the seams are heat fused instead of bonded. The advantage of thermoset is a seamless membrane where the overlaps of the constituent pieces are as strong as the rest of the membrane.

Modified bitumen is a material made from rubber modifiers combined with asphalt. It differs from traditional asphalt roofing in that a continuous seal is more easily achieved because of the installation process. The modified bitumen can be repaired more simply, and it is easier to locate leaks or faults in the system should they occur.

Insulating a flat roof system provides its own unique approach compared to insulating a pitched roof. Insulation must be applied directly underneath the flat roof's covering because these systems typically do not have crawl spaces, attics or venting space. To improve insulation, contractors can apply rigid foam, composite insulation, tapered EPS insulation, spray foam, or loose fill depending on the specifications of the structure.

To understand which flat roof or low slope system is appropriate for any particular structure, it is usually best to contact an experienced roofing contractor. The variables involved are often complex, and any one solution has pros and cons that will need to be evaluated.

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