January 25, 2012

Modified Bitumen SBS

The use of plastics in roofing materials has increased over the last few decades, and one of the more well loved types of plastics in roof materials is SBS.  SBS, or Styrene Butadiene Styrene, is a type of thermoplastic rubber that is used heavily in modified bitumen roofing materials.  The use of modified bitumen SBS has grown significantly since its commencement in the early eighties.

At first the use of modified bitumen SBS was limited, mainly because most commercial contractors felt that the instillation process involved in this type of roof was too burdensome.  Consumers saw a further downside to modified bitumen SBS, which was its unsightly appearance after instillation.  Most of these roofs were installed using mopped asphalt and heavy duty adhesives.  The black ooze that delineated the seams on these roofs were considered to be unattractive, but the safeguard offered by modified bitumen SBS has remained high.

With the advent of self-adhering modified bitumen SBS, the finished projects have been given a face lift.  The much-improved look of this material has caused many contractors to reconsider their previous notions in this area these roofing materials.  Thankfulness to this material, many contractors now believe that this type of material should be everyone’s number one choice in roofing materials.  Their ease of installation and the attractive finished look makes self-adhering modified bitumen SBS one of the best choices for flat commercial roofs in the greater Los Angeles area.

Whether someone chooses to use self-adhering modified bitumen SBS or traditional installation techniques, these roofing materials offer some fantastic impact safeguard over standard built-up roofing materials.  Because of the integrated use of thermoplastic rubbers in modified bitumen SBS, this type of material offers more flexibility and puncture resistance than most other types of commercial roofing materials.