6 Reasons Why Bitumen Membrane Roofs Are Popular

6 Reasons Why Bitumen Membrane Roofs Are Popular

When you are putting together a civil project, the quality of roofing will determine the quality of your whole project. The roofing requirements of commercial properties is different to a house. Whether it is a flat roof or a low-sloped roof, you want it to be strong, durable, and able to take on harsh weather conditions.

Bitumen membrane roofing was first used in USA in 1970s. However, its use can be tracked back to Europe in early 1960s. Today, Bitumen membrane in Canada is rapidly picking up as the preferred roofing solution. But why? Here are the reasons that make it so popular.

  • Long Life: Bitumen roofs are known to last longer. These flat roofing materials have proven track record of lasting 20 years easily. That’s a pretty long life! And even after the roofs are well beyond their life expectancy, they do not lose the elasticity and pliability – two important elements in any roofing solution.
  • No Leaks: Bitumen roofing material is primarily applied in three distinct ways – 1) using self-adhesive sheets, 2) using hot-mopped asphalt, and 3) cold-applied adhesives. However, in each of these method the seams are usually melted and moulded together, unlike in other roofing membranes. This prevents any leakages or seepages through the roof.

  • High Durability: The tensile strength of bitumen membrane is high compared to other roofing membranes. This prevents the roof from developing cracks when exposed to harsh weather conditions. This makes the roof more resistant towards various natural elements like snow, rain, heat, etc.
  • No Health Hazards: The installation process of bitumen membrane roofs emits fumes. However, these fumes are not hazardous to human life. The installation or application also does not create a lot of noise which means there is no noise pollution involved.

  • No Harmful Toxins: One concern that most customers have relates to toxins. Since this is a roofing membrane that is going to be exposed to heat and water and snow, will it produce harmful toxins due to this exposure? The answer is a confident no. The membrane is not soluble in water, is non-biodegradable, and is not identified as being carcinogenic to cause formation of cancer. Thus it is safe to be used.
  • High Compatibility: Most of the commercial properties have two types of roofs – flat roofs or low-sloped roofs. Bitumen membrane roofs are compatible with both types.
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