Modified Bitumen: The Most Versatile Commercial Roof?

Modified bitumen remains one of the most common commercial roofing systems. It’s widely used in both small and larger buildings, and boasts great features that help protect the property from inclement weather, mechanical damage and harsh sunlight.

Modified Bitumen: The Most Versatile Commercial Roof?

In this post, Rapid Roofing explains why modified bitumen is widely considered the most versatile commercial roof.

Modified Bitumen: The Two Available Types

This roofing material comes in two types: atactic polypropylene (APP) and styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS). APP is the more commonly used in commercial roof installation as it gives asphalt surfaces a plastic-like quality that boosts its resistance to water damage and leaks.

SBS, which is applied using cold adhesive or hot asphalt mopping, already has a rubber-like appearance. While both types are used in flat roofs, SBS has the unique ability to give an otherwise flat roof a crisp and more defined look.

Customizable Strength

Modified bitumen sets itself apart from other membranes as the only one whose strength and durability you can actively customize. You do this by applying more sheets of modified bitumen; the more layers you add, the more resilient and weather tolerant it becomes.

An Energy-Efficient Roof

This roofing material has a built-in insulating layer that limits the flow of heat throughout its surface. Not only does this give it a higher energy efficiency rating than other commercial roofs, but it also helps extend the lifespan of the material. Thanks to its unique energy efficiency features, modified bitumen is a great choice for properties in climates where the temperature fluctuates frequently.

At Rapid Roofing, you can count on us to properly install your new modified bitumen roof so you can take full advantage of its benefits. We also offer commercial roof repair. Call us today at (734) 234-5900 to learn more about our services. We offer a range of commercial roofing systems in Ann Arbor, MI.