As metal roofing systems gain increased popularity among homeowners, bitumen roofs have additionally risen up the ranks of preferred roofing systems for commercial properties. It is estimated that, presently, more than half of commercial roofs are bitumen roofs. How did this come about and why do commercial property owners prefer it over its counterparts?
How It All Began
Bitumen roofing came out during the 1960’s. It was regarded as a reliable alternative to BUR’s or built up roofs. Although not all roofers can handle bitumen installation, the process involved presented much more ease than dealing with BUR’s that had to be, as the name suggests, built atop a structure. Modified bitumen, being lighter, can accommodate less foot traffic, though, than a BUR can.
Longevity and Durability
If you compare modified bitumen roofing with EPDM, a popular alternative to bitumen, you’ll find out that an EPDM roof can protect your property for up to 15 years. Bitumen roofs can last up to 20. The difference may not seem huge in terms of longevity. If you factor in durability, however, Bitumen roofs take the cake. EPDM roofs are more prone to cracking and tearing.
Moisture Resistance and Energy Efficiency
All commercial roofing options are designed to efficiently keep water damage from happening. Well-maintained bitumen roofs, in particular, are able to survive bad weather with little to no surface damage. This roofing material is also great at reducing a building’s HVAC requirements, thereby, reasonably lowering energy expenses.
Our team at Enchantment Roofing Services is comprised of experts in roof repair and new roof construction services. We can help you better appreciate what a bitumen roof can do for your property.
Call us at (505) 780-4616 and schedule a free estimate. If you are a commercial property owner in Taos, NM, we would love to hear from you.
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