January 25, 2012

Modified Bitumen Roofing

When choosing a roofing material, it is always a excellent thought to pick one with a proven track record.  Modified bitumen roofing materials have been around since the mid-’60s, but it took until the mid-’70s for its use to dominate the industry.  Now modified bitumen roofing materials are the most widely used on flat roof commercial buildings.

Modified bitumen roofing materials come with a variety of instillation specifications from torch down to cold applied processes.  The newest innovation in modified bitumen roofing materials is a self-adhering strip for installation.  The roofing materials are rolled out and stuck together with the self-adhering strip that does not require special tools or added labors.  Once the material is rolled out and the adhesive strip bonds with the substrate, the roof has all of the water safeguard qualities of the other methods of modified bitumen roofing instillation techniques.

The fantastic thing in this area modified bitumen roofing is the large assortment of material and surfacing options.  The two most commonly used materials are asphalt based, with one of them having a rubberized asphalt blend for increased flexibility.  Surface options include several different types of gravel coverings, as well as factory-applied cool roof coatings that are Energy Star compliant.

Some types of modified bitumen roofing with Energy Star compliant coatings have the added subsidy of saving a consumer up to 50% on their utility expenditure.  Modified bitumen roofing with cool roof coatings reflect solar heat away from the interior of the building to help cut the energy expenditure associated with the hot Southern California sun.

When considering modified bitumen roofing materials, many people in the greater Los Angeles area have managed to save thousands on their project when using Energy Star compliant materials.  And these savings are not just limited to utility expenditure; there are also several different tax credits available as well.