Investing in a commercial roofing system takes careful planning and consideration. There are many roofing materials available to you, each one offering varying advantages and disadvantages.

When deciding on a commercial roofing material, you need to consider your environment, budget, and maintenance plan. Today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the pros and cons of modified bitumen commercial roofing.

 

What is Modified Bitumen Roofing?

Modified bitumen is a specially engineered material commonly used on roads and paving. They are made from polymer-modified bitumen and coated with a layer of fiberglass. Their strength and durability in the roads and paving industry were recognized and thus adopted and configured as a roofing material.

 

The Pros of Modified Bitumen Roofing

Modified bitumen roofing is an incredibly strong and resistant material. It can withstand most weather conditions and requires little to no maintenance. Being resistant to physical damage, your modified bitumen commercial roof is easy to walk on and won’t suffer significant damage with regular traffic.

As a highly waterproof material, you don’t have to worry about water seeping into your building and damaging its interiors. It has a rating when it comes to fire and hail resistance, and because of its insulating properties, you don’t have to worry about heat escaping your building.

 

The Cons of Modified Bitumen Roofing

While installing a modified bitumen commercial roof can be relatively easy, it needs professional precision as it can become a fire hazard.

While this roof is excellent at preventing heat from escaping in the winter, it does tend to absorb heat in the summer, adding to the heat island effect. However, they are available in lighter colors, which could increase your building’s reflective properties, but these lighter colors tend to be more expensive.

While your modified bitumen commercial roof is waterproof, it is more vulnerable to pooling water. Stagnant water on any roofing system is likely to degrade and deteriorate the roof. This roofing system is also not the longest-lasting, as it has a lifespan of about 15 - 30 years.

If you’re considering installing a modified bitumen roofing system for your commercial property, please don’t hesitate to contact Dynasty Building Solutions. We’ll provide you with more information on the roofing material as well as a free roofing inspection. Give us a call today!