What is Modified Bitumen (Mod Bit)?
Modified bitumen is a type of flat roofing material that is similar to a Built-up Roofing system.
What is Modified Bitumen Roofing Made Of?
Modified bitumen is an asphalt-based roofing system that is combined with rubber or plastic for enhanced elasticity. It is then reinforced with fibreglass to create a strong, waterproof membrane.
Modified Bitumen Applications
Modified bitumen roofs are ideal for large commercial buildings, such as distribution and logistics centres, warehouses, supermarkets, and workshops.
Ways to Professionally Install Modified Bitumen
There are three ways to professionally install modified bitumen: self-adhesive, heat adhesive/welded, and cold adhesive.
- Self-adhesive installation is the simplest method and does not require any special equipment.
- Heat adhesive/welded installation is more complex and requires specialized equipment.
- Cold adhesive installation is the most complex and requires both specialized equipment and training.
Advantages of a Modified Bitumen Roofing System
- Tear Resistant: Modified bitumen is incredibly durable and resistant to tears, making it an ideal choice for areas that experience severe weather or heavy foot traffic.
- Waterproof: Redundant layers of protection make modified bitumen one of the best waterproofing roofing materials available.
- Simple Repair: If your roof gets a lot of foot traffic, it may be susceptible to punctures. Modified bitumen can be patched easily.
- Weather Resistant: In Canada, extreme heat and cold temperatures can cause some flat roofing materials to crack. Modified bitumen will expand and contract without losing its integrity in changing weather conditions.
Disadvantages of a Modified Bitumen Roofing System
- The use of heat welding presents a potential fire hazard.
- Less aesthetically pleasing.
Other Roofing Materials
The different materials used for flat roofs in Mississauga come in a wide range of options, depending on your needs and budget. Some examples include:
Single-Layer Membrane Flat Roof
Single-ply roofs use wide width sheeting designed for low slope roofs. They have far fewer seams than asphaltic rolled roof systems and don’t require dangerous torches or hot asphalt for installation.
Built-up Roof (BUR)
BUR Roofing includes multiple layers of protection to keep your building watertight. These systems come with guarantees or warranties of up to 20 years, and have been used for over 100 years.
Comparing Flat Roofing Materials
The following list includes some popular types of roofs with their respective pros and cons so you can consider what best suits your needs.
- Easy to maintain
- Looks appealing
- Very heavy
- Susceptible to alligatoring
- Requires heat welding
- Gravel can clog gutters
Modified Bitumen Roof
- Simple repairs
- Not tear-resistant
- Less attractive
- Requires heat welding
- No heat welding seams
- Membrane can be punctured
- Seams are vulnerable to leaks
There is no one perfect option when it comes to selecting the best flat roof material. Factors like climate change protection, cost per square foot installed, and availability are all important considerations that should be made during this process.
Commercial Flat Roofers in Mississauga
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We only use materials from the leading manufacturers in the industry, so you can rest assured that your roof will be of the highest quality.
Our Lifetime Roofing Warranty
At George Kent, we are proud to offer industry-leading lifetime warranties on materials and labour for our roofing installations — and our installations are not prorated. Your warranty is also transferable to future homeowners and backed by the manufacturer (GAF).
Our warranties set us apart in an industry where typical roofing warranties are closer to five years or less. If you’re unhappy with your roof at any point after it has been installed, get in touch and we will be happy to resolve the problem.
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Flat Roofing Repairs
Have a leak or need a flat roof inspection? Get your roofing system repaired and avoid damage. We have repaired countless leaks and performed hundreds of inspections, so we know how to quickly identify the source of the problem and get it fixed fast.
Flat Roof Coating and Restoration
Coatings and restoration can help to repair minor damage and leaks, as well as protect your roof from future wear and tear. It is important to have a professional inspect your roof regularly to ensure that it is in good condition and identify any potential problems before they become major issues.
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Our roofing installers adhere to all safety regulations and undergo rigorous, ongoing training. When we finish working on your roof, we’ll clean up thoroughly and leave the work site spotless.
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We provide expert advice on all things related to roofs, from what material is best for your climate and budget, to how to replace an old roof without damaging your home. Plus, we offer competitive prices on all our services so you can get the most for your money.
What is the cheapest commercial flat roof?
Modified bitumen is the cheapest commercial flat roofing system. While the lifespan of modified bitumen is shorter than other roofing systems, with regular maintenance you can maximize your investment.
What is the lifespan of a flat roof?
The materials used in a flat roof’s construction largely determines its lifespan. For example, a multi-layer built-up roof made of waterproofing, tar, and gravel can last 15-20 years.
Do flat roofs require additional maintenance?
Flat roofs generally require more maintenance than sloped roofs, due to the accumulation of leaves and debris collecting on them.