Williamsburg VA Flat Roofers Membrane Repairs, Installs

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VA Flat Roofers of Williamsburg offers services for repair, replacement or installation of flat roof commercial rubber or vinyl membranes specifically TPO, EPDM and PVC fabrications.  We also service and install flat roof Drain and Gutter Systems, Vapor Barriers (prevents rising indoor humidity into the flat roof underlayment) and Insulation Board (increases buildings energy efficiency).  For those of you with failing BUR (tar & gravel) flat roofs, we have replaced several and know exactly how to best quickly replace yours with a superior membrane flat roof system.

Owners of hotels, Manufacturing plants, Port of Virginia Warehouses and other potential clients you will not find another flat roofer to replace your roof, the way the manufacturer expects, cheaper than we will.  Our estimates cover quality roofing membranes obtained only from top roofing manufacturers in the USA, quality flashing, water tested drain and gutter system install and proper number of screw cap fasteners installed in the membrane to prevent lift up.  Replacing a roof way before its anticipated lifespan is the most expensive roof you’ll ever buy.

Ponding on Flat Roof

Ponding on Flat Roof

Free Commercial Flat Roof Inspections in Williamsburg, VA

Flat commercial Roofs should be inspected at least twice a year. This is more often than sloped ones mainly because what falls, blows or crawls on the roof will stay till somebody removes it.  We suggest letting VA Flat Roofers in Williamsburg, VA inspect your roof in Spring, Fall and after severe weather.  During the inspection our priority is to check membrane seams for signs of deterioration, flashing for fungus or critter damage and drainage system for blockage.  After the inspection we’ll advise options for repair, replacement or if necessary, a completely new roof system. When possible, we always suggest repair first and offer affordable options when the flat roof membrane needs replacement.  

We know potential customers will get at least 3 estimates for service and we want to stand out from the other estimates with the best priced and most effective plan to repair whatever is causing the flat roof to fail.  Plus, importantly, we don’t try and scare potential clients to pressure a sale.  We simply offer our findings, encourage contact for questions and never harass a decision.

We are licensed, bonded and insured.

EPDM Seam Install VA Flat Roofers Chesapeake

EPDM Seam Install

Williamsburg VA Flat Roofers Service Single Ply Membrane

Single Ply Membrane roofing is a protective waterproof covering of connected synthetic rubber (EPDM) or flexible thermo plastic (TPO) sheets attached across the rooftop.  EPDM and TPO manufactures offer good, better and best quality formulations providing increasing protections- against Punctures, UV-Rays and fire resistance.  Safety codes require the membrane to be mechanically fasten with long screw cap anchors, adhesive or ballasted with round gravel to keep the public safe from large flying sheets in a storm.

EPDM Rubber Membrane Flat Roofing Advantages

EDPM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a single ply rubber Membrane made of natural rubber or synthetic- manufactured from mostly oil and natural gas sources so its cost rises and falls with the energy market.  The membrane is heavy compared to TPO but does have a decade longer lifespan 40 versus 30 years.  Comes in two colors black or white but both are UV resistant.  The white color is premium featuring heat-reflecting properties (great for southern climes) and is roughly a third more costly.

Sealing TPO Seams with Hot Gun VA Flat Roofers Chesapeake

Sealing TPO Seams with Hot Gun

Flat Roofing TPO Single Ply Membrane Advantages

TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is a rubber like single-ply roofing membrane that comes in varying length up to 100 feet long verses 6 to 12 feet wide. The membranes typically are 40 to 100 mils thick with a highly reflective white top. Thermoplastic is a synthetic flexible plastic like substance that softens when heated but hardens upon cooling.  This enables the seams to be heat welded and when cooled they become a very strong bond.  The TPO commercial Flat roofing system is popular because it’s a quick install, reflects sunlight to reduce heat transfer to the building There is 3 methods of Single Ply Membrane roof attachment fully adhered with adhesive, mechanically attached or a covering layer of small round pebbles.

Williamsburg TPO or EPDM Best Cost Flat Roof Leak Repair

Punctures to a roof’s membrane are often accidentally caused by HVAC service maintenance personal. Tools are dropped, items dragged across the roof and they inadvertently make holes in the flashing around the equipment they service. If shortly after a HVAC system repair a leak occurs, start the inspection at repair site.  Another common problem is Membrane screw cap fasteners become loose due to weathering and need to be re-tighten or replaced.

Ponding can result from clogged drains, HVAC units without condensation drain line and many other reasons.  Williamsburg VA Flat Roofers employees understand all rooftop mechanical systems so immediately know when something wrong.  Standing water, more noticeable after a storm, degrades single ply membranes.  Regular inspections after storms catch ponding problems early on before a lot of damage occurs.  Be advised, sending an inexperienced employee up on the flat roof to check storm damage is bad idea.  They don’t know what to look for and could get hurt by tripping over cables or roof debris. Also, aging flat roofs may hide rotted portions of roofing deck that have weakened load capacity.  Many an intrepid building manager has experienced the awful fear of a foot crashing through the rooftop or worse yet falling through.  Experienced Flat Roofers check roof stability before they step.

Badly Installed EPDM Needs Premature Replacement VA Flat Roofers Chesapeake

Badly Installed EPDM Needs Premature Replacement

When to Replace TPO & EPDM Flat Roof Membranes?

As your TPO or EPDM flat roof reaches its lifespan, a choice between repair or replacement becomes more difficult.  When repair costs are substantial, 60% or more of the replacement cost, consider replacement because repairs are no longer cost effective.  The exhausted aged Single Ply Membrane has lost flexibility, seams are failing, blistering is common and membrane shrinkage is apparent- soon the frequent repairs become burdensome. Most likely at this point you’ll know the only option is replacement.

Check the experience level of Single Ply Membrane Flat Roofers you consult before hiring- it may save you from have to repair or replace shortly after.  Inexperienced EPDM roofers often leave portions of the membrane loose around corners, parapet walls, drains and other environmental equipment.  Rarely are inexperienced flat roofers’ patient enough to allow the membrane enough time to relax on the roof before installing- this causes wrinkles. Shoddy installment of a roofing single ply membrane is the major cause of premature failure.

Leaky Tar & Gravel (BUR) Flat Roof Replace

Commercial buildings owners often dread having to deal with replacement to their leaky Tar and Gravel roofs- the tar smell is horrendous and sickening to employees and clients.  The probable business downtime while waiting for the smell to dissipate is also a budget buster.  This decision could be less worrisome if you convert to a EPDM or TPO- no smells and it’s a fast install.  We have converted several BUR flat roofs to TPO or EPDM and know exactly what’s necessary for success.

Some drawbacks of BUR roofing are:

  • BUR Roofing is about 30% costlier than EPDM and TPO which can make quite a difference on a large roof.
  • Bur roof replacement is a lengthy and dangerous process. Overheating kettle Tar increases the hazardous odors and can be explosive.
  • BUR Roofing will break down quickly from Sunlight if the gravel layer becomes displaced by a stiff wind.
  • Tar and Gravel Roofs add a tremendous weight to the building structure over TPO or EPDM.

Don’t overpay for TPO or EPDM Flat Roofing services- compare at least 3 estimates. VA Flat Roofers of Williamsburg carry high hopes that we’ll stand out as the most detailed fair budget value price for the services you need.