Flat Roofs by Pegram is able to repair or replace your flat roof depending on the best solution for your needs. We are the premier roofing contractor for residential, commercial and industrial flat roofs in Hampton Roads. We service Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach, and more. We’ll work directly with your insurance company when needed. Call for free estimate (757) 537-1945.
Homeowners can choose among different kinds of flat roofs, and some of them are :
Built-Up Roof (BUR)
The traditional hot-tar-and-gravel roof is built from three or more plies of waterproof material alternated with hot tar and ballasted by a layer of smooth river stone. Once made of tar paper, these types of roofs gradually are using more-advanced materials such as fiberglass membranes.
Pros: Gravel is an excellent fire retardant. Attractive for windows and decks that overlook the roof. It’s the cheapest of the four roof varieties.
Cons: Very heavy. Joists sometimes have to be strengthened. Smelly and messy to install. Installation’s not recommended for occupied homes. It’s not a DIY installation job, and it is hard to find the source of leaks. Gravel can clog gutters and scuppers.
A single-ply rolled roof similar to ice-and-water shield, but impregnated with a mineral-based wear surface. Torch-down systems involve heating the adhesive as the material is unrolled. Newer peel-and-stick systems are safer and easier.
Pros: Peel-and-stick material can be installed by homeowners. Its light-colored mineral surface reflects heat and cuts energy bills. Its price is in the middle of the pack.
Cons: Torch-down application is a fire hazard, and not recommended for occupied buildings. It’s not as scuff- or tear-resistant as rubber-membrane roofs (see the next item).
EPDM (short for ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a true rubber. The durable material resembles an inner tube, but it’s engineered to resist damage from sunlight. EPDM can be mechanically anchored with fasteners, ballasted with stone, or glued.
Pros: Homeowner-friendly installation. The material’s relatively light yet highly resistant to scuffs and tears. Leaks are easy to patch.
Cons: The standard black material absorbs heat, and light-colored coatings (recommended in warm climates) add 30% or more to the cost. Even the black version, though, costs more than BUR or modified bitumen. It’s also more vulnerable to punctures than other choices.
Do you have roof leaks? Have you seen brown spots on ceiling or walls? This is probably your flat roof leaking. Do you know what to look for on your roof ? There are several types of flat roofs. There is a rubber roof called E.P.D.M. (ethylene propylene diene monomer (M-class) rubber) . Then there are Modified Bitumen roofs, Tar and Gravel roofs , PVC roofs. The best roof in our opinion is the newest TPO. roof systems. Unlike other roof system TPO is White ,Clean, and easy to repair.
Flat roofs offer some interesting advantages over a traditional sloped roof. Although it’s typically viewed as an industrial or commercial building style, flat roofs have a place on residential structures as well. With some designs, the entire roof can be flat; with others a portion of the building can incorporate the horizontal/flat design. Whether it’s a residential or commercial roof, there are reasons good reason for choosing a flat roof including structure, practicality and aesthetics.
A flat roof provides easy access via ladder or steps which makes accessing the roof much safer. It doesn’t require special equipment or skill to simply walk on the roof. It does, however, still require expertise to inspect and conduct routine maintenance which any roof requires as your first defense against damage and repairs.
The flat access also makes your roof potentially an additional usable space. Your HVAC components can easily be placed on a flat roof to make use of traditional HVAC areas for storage or other purposes. Solar panels or even rainwater barrels can be used on top of the roof for eco-friendly purposes. With a bit of planning in a residential setting, it can even serve as a traditional deck for light gardening, sunbathing or simply spending time outdoors.
A flat roof is a practical choice for commercial buildings and can offer an interesting design for residential homes. Consider the available options with your next building project and contact us at Flat Roofs By Pegram to discuss your project.
Willie Pegram, Owner, (757) 537-1945
Goodbye tar and gravel flat roof. Hello TPO Membrane energy efficient flat roof! Ain’t it purdy?!
If you have a flat roof and you begin to see “alligator cracks” you know you’re in store for some trouble before long. Don’t be tempted by the lower price (possibly!) to do a quick mop over of your existing asphalt roof. Asphalt is simply old technology and is prone to failure. A good flat roof system is dependent upon expert workmanship for long term high performance. Excellent workmanship is harder and harder to find these days… Make sure to ask your roofing contractor an important question before you hire! Click here to learn what to ask a roofing contractor before they begin.
Take a look at this before and after of a flat roof at Norfolk, VA home. All work performed by Flat Roofs By Pegram.
Gone are the days of tar and gravel flat roofs that offered little or no solutions when the roof inevitably began to leak. Today, there are many great options when it comes to flat roofing. As a consumer, it’s important to know your options and have, at least, a general level of knowledge when you speak with a roofing contractor. For example, what does a warranty cover? What material should your project use – TPO, EPDM, PVC? Does it matter which thickness? What are the benefits of a white roof versus a black roof?
In this post, we’ll talk about warranties and the most important question you need to ask about them.
These days, flat roofs offer energy efficient and long lasting solutions for your home or business. But even the best products will fail if not installed properly. A good roof is the collaboration of a quality product installed by a quality contractor and all manufactures know this. A roofing warranty will easily be invalid if the product was installed incorrectly.
The roofing mechanics at Flat Roofs By Pegram are specifically trained by each of our product’s manufacturers to ensure the roof is installed correctly. We never subcontract our work for this very reason – work performed by mechanics who are not trained in the product they are using will risk the manufacturer’s warranty. There is no value in that risk!
The most important question you can ask about a roofing warranty is whether the mechanics are specifically trained by the product’s manufacturer. If the answer to that question is anything other than a resounding YES, then buyer beware.
Flat Roofs By Pegram is committed to only using our own mechanics who are highly trained by each of our manufacturers. Additionally, every commercial roofing project is supervised and inspected by owner, Willie Pegram. We stand behind every warranty because we stand behind our roofing mechanics!
Willie Pegram, Owner
Thanks for stopping by the Flat Roofs By Pegram website. I’m Willie Pegram, owner of Flat Roofs By Pegram, and I’ll admit I’m far more comfortable standing on a roof than writing a blog post. But this is such a great way to talk with current customers and future customers and, if you know me then you know, I love to talk!
I was born and raised here in Hampton Roads and I know and love this area and its people. Nothing makes me happier than running into a customer in the grocery store and knowing I’ve helped solve a roofing problem for them. Customer service is our highest priority at Flat Roofs By Pegram. In fact our motto is “unhappy customers are not an option!”
We invite you to call us for an estimate on your roofing need. Although Flat Roofs By Pegram specializes in commercial flat roof repair and replacement, we’re always happy to help guide any customer to the best solution for their particular roofing need.
I invite you to call my personal cell phone number at 757-537-1945. Let’s talk!
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