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Installing a residential flat roof is more costly than that of commercial roofs per square foot due to the following reasons:

Commercial Roofs have the advantages of putting more crews to do the work.

  1. Roof Size – limited space causes movement restrictions of people and materials.
  2. Objects – such as vents, skylights, and chimneys require more detailing for the proper transition to the membrane
  3. Siding –  must be removed and replaced in areas where the roof meets the walls
  4. Railing – railings must be removed and reinstalled
  5. Posts – must be reflashed to the new membrane
  6. Shingle roofing – must be removed and replaced with a proper transition
  7. Door sills – require a very detailed transition to the new membrane
  8. Gutters – require removal and reinstallation
  9. Surrounding Landscape – restricts access to the roof

The video below shows how an existing roof is stripped, cleaned, and prepared for the placement of a new membrane. Usually, the most labor-intensive work is cleaning and repairing the flashing.

The video below shows where we have already replaced plywood and made the necessary preparation to install a new rubber membrane.

Residential Flat Roofs

The chances for a small residential roof to have leaks are good because there are many more objects that could be causing it. For instance, the post and railings. Every post needs to be properly flashed. The door that leads out to the flat roof has a sill, and the transition between the copper pan under the sill and the roof can be difficult to do.

Siding and flashing. The type of siding and how it is installed can let water behind the flashing. The transition from a shingle roof to a flat roof has it’sd own issues. Fieldstone chimneys are the worst. Whenever there is a chimney that is built out of stone, it is almost guaranteed to cause a leak on the flat roof.

With the small size of the roof and all the objects on it, takes longer to install and complete a roof than commercial roofs.

Commercial Flat Roofs

Installing or repairing commercial roofs are always what we hope for. They are larger and have fewer objects in a confined area to deal with. Most of the time it is the Airconditioner units or drains that cause leaks. An EPDM rubber roof on a commercial building is the worst combination. These roofing systems don’t last that long and when they start leaking, there’s almost no end in the repairs. The adhesives used to glue the seams together fails prematurely and causes leaks.

Modified bitumen torch down roofing systems is the best. They can be repaired and the life can be extended indefinitely.

Objects on a Residential Roof

This image shows two skylights, chimney, vent pipe and roof shingles that make it harder and more time consuming to install a flat roof.

Small roof surface and many objects make it harder to install a flat roofs

Commercial roof more cost effective to install.

More crews can move around on this roof. This means it gets done faster and more cost effective per square foot.

Commercial Roofs are more cost effective than that of a residential roofs to install

Trying to find where the roof is leaking, is not easy on a commercial roof.

This is a built-up roof and it has been repaired several times. To find leaks on a roof that big is not always easy.

Commercial roofs in Stratford CT leaking - hard to find the leak
EPDM Rubber on a Commercial roof in Westport CT - The seams are starting to separate due to adhesive failure

EPDM Rubber Roof in Westport CT

This EPDM rubber roof starts to leak due to the adhesive failures on the seams. Installing a roof like this cost less per square foot than that of a small residential flat roof.

flashing on skylights and other parts of roof

Ninety percent of the time, a leak can be traced to incorrectly installed flashing. Installing flashing requires special techniques for different types of roofing systems.

Regardless of what type of material is being installed on a commercial or residential roof, it is more important to choose the right flat roofing contractor.

flashing around chimney corroded away

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