A flat roof is sometimes your most practical option for your structure. Not only are the materials cheaper, but they’re easier to install, require significantly less upkeep, and have a longer lifespan. They’re a great way to save money and reduce stress. But when installing a flat roof, the material you use is a crucial decision.

We’re here to help; here’s our handy guide to picking just the right material for your needs. Here are your four primary options:

Built-Up Roof (BUR)

A built-up roof is the most traditional type of flat roof. These roofs have traditionally been composed of hot tar and gravel, but recently the tar has been increasingly replaced with advanced fiberglass materials for improved durability and water resistance.

This is your cheapest option, with an average cost of $2.50 per square foot. Several layers also make them extremely sturdy, so if you’re in an area with intense weather or heavy rain, this is a great way to protect your home.

However, that stability comes with a lot of weight. Built-up roofs are heavy, so you may have to reinforce your joists to support one. They’re also messy to install and cause a very intense smell. This makes them a tough option for an occupied building. As a result, you’ll either have to install a BUR before moving in to a new building or vacate during the lengthy installation.

Modified Bitumen

Modified Bitumen is known for easy, convenient installation. This material is rolled out onto your roof and secured with a blowtorch or a similar method. Any experienced installer can quickly lay the material down, and it’s relatively cheap at $3 to $6 per square foot. The material is also highly reflective, which will reduce heat and save on your energy bills during the summer. However, it is less durable than the other options and will have to be checked for scratches and damage.

Rubber Membrane

EPDM is true, pure rubber. It’s a durable, strong option and it requires minimal maintenance. A thick membrane prevents the buildup of dirt, grime, and – most importantly – moss. This does require more careful installation, as uneven seams can compromise the entire roof. This is a more expensive option at $5.50 to $9.50 per square foot, especially if you’re in a hotter area. The rubber absorbs heat, so it may need a light-colored coating.

Metal Flat Roofing

Finally, there’s metal. This is your most expensive option, running anywhere from $5.50 to $12 per square foot depending on the quality of material. What you get for this expense is durability. A metal roof can endure for almost 35 years, and will protect your home from all sorts of weather. It also reflects light, considerably reducing your energy expenses.

To begin creating your perfect roof, you need extensive expertise. Contact us today for a free consultation. We have the experience and the know how to craft your perfect roof.