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Understanding Modified Bitumen in Commercial Applications

Understanding Modified Bitumen in Commercial Applications

Are you looking for the perfect roofing option for your business? There are many roofing systems to consider when making this decision, but one option remains the most popular—modified bitumen. Read on to understand more about modified bitumen, specifically in commercial applications.

What Is Modified Bitumen?

Modified bitumen is a modern version of BUR, or “Built-up-Roof” roofing. It’s specifically designed for low-slope/flat structures and typically commercial buildings where lots of roofing is required. Modified bitumen consists of a five-layered, asphalt-based system. The layers include thermal insulation materials, modified base sheets and/or plies, modified bitumen membranes (copolymer composition, polyester/fiberglass reinforcement), a weatherproofing adhesive material, and UV-protective surfacing material.

Why Is Modified Bitumen a Good Commercial Option?

Modified bitumen has remained one of the most popular BUR roofing styles for commercial buildings across North America since the 1970s. And there are plenty of reasons why this is the case. It’s long proven to be an excellent waterproofing roofing option, offers significantly higher tensile strength compared to traditional BUR alternatives, and boasts superior longevity. Plus, installation is relatively simple and affordable, making it the perfect roofing choice for large commercial buildings. And being asphalt based, modified bitumen is recyclable and sustainable!

Alternative Options

So are there alternative commercial roofing systems for your building? Absolutely! Systems like ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are all viable options for low-slope/flat applications. Some of these options, like EPDM, are very cost effective. Others, like PVC, are expertly suited to combat weather conditions. However, modified bitumen seems to excel at all the characteristics you want from the roofing.

By understanding modified bitumen in commercial applications, you can better determine which roofing options are best for your business and specific buildings. If you’re unsure of the best solutions, consider consulting a professional for more information and guidance.

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