Flat Roof Replacement and Coating in Wisconsin

Across the United States, flat roofs can be seen on a wide variety of commercial and industrial buildings, as well as residential ones. They may be affordable and simple to set up, but they require maintenance and occasionally even replacement.

That's why it's important to find a trustworthy company to handle all your flat roof needs. When it comes to replacing or coating your flat roof, trust the experts at Bulldog Builders.

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What Are Flat Roofs?

A flat roof is one that is totally or nearly completely level. However, while they may be referred to as "flat," nearly all such roofs are really set to a slope so that rainwater can drain to the lower end. Although typically designed with a minimum slope of 1:40, the finished construction usually has a slope of at least 1:80, given inaccuracies on-site.

Because of their low cost, flat roofs are widely used on commercial buildings. In most cases, the money and time required to install or replace a flat roof are less than those associated with "conventional" roofs. And if your flat roof is properly installed, cleaning and upkeep will be considerably less of a hassle. For this reason, hiring professionals with extensive experience in replacing flat roofs is crucial.

Different Types of Flat Roofs

The following are among the most popular types of flat roofs:

  • Built-up roofs: Built-up roofs, often known as BUR roofs, have been used for many years. BURs are made by "building up" coats of ply sheets and asphalt, with tar and minerals piled on top to provide the distinctive "pebbled" look of these otherwise flat roofs. BURs are well-liked for the threefold advantages of being cheap, long-lasting, and effective for blocking harmful UV rays. They have a long lifespan (often between 15 and 20 years) and need hardly any maintenance. 
  • Modified bitumen roof: Flat roofs made from modified bitumen resemble BURs in appearance. These asphalt roofs have multiple components: insulation, a modified base sheet or ply, a membrane made from modified bitumen, adhesive, and a UV-protective topcoat. These roofs typically have a 20-year lifespan. Modified bitumen roofs are notoriously difficult to install, so it's always best to hire a pro. 
  • Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofs: Flat roofs are often made of TPO, a type of thermoplastic membrane. TPO roofing has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, is fireproof, and absorbs the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation. Since it's recyclable, it is also good for the planet. 
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) roofs: PVC roofs are another type of thermoplastic membrane, similar to TPO. They are often more durable than TPO and can last as long as 20 years with proper maintenance. PVC roofs are inexpensive and can withstand high temperatures, just like TPO roofs. 
  • Rubber membrane roof: Rubber membrane roofs, otherwise known as EPDM roofs, are a budget-friendly choice that can endure for up to 30 years. Most rubber membrane flat roofs are secured with fasteners, adhesives, or rocks.

These are only some of the more common materials used by homeowners and businesses with flat roofs. Bulldog Builders will listen to what you want and need in a roofing solution and then offer a recommendation based on that.

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Flat Roof Replacement Process

Flat roofs can last longer with regular care and occasional repairs, but eventually, the cost of doing so may outweigh the benefit. Bulldog Builders can deliver a superior flat roof replacement if your current roof is too old or damaged for a successful repair.

Our experienced roofers can replace your roof quickly and smoothly, with minimal interference to your everyday activities. When you hire us, we'll tear out your old roof, put in a new one, and restore it to its former glory. Here's how we'll go about it:

  1. We will clean the entirety of the current roofing system, including the flashings, vents, boots, and any rotten wood.
  2. We will take down and repair all fascia and roof sheathing that has deteriorated.
  3. Our team will install insulation and securely attach it.
  4. We will install new roofing that ties into the preexisting layer.
  5. Using the materials provided by the manufacturer and adhering to the design specifications, we will install a roofing membrane throughout the entire roof.
  6. We'll replace the fascia bar, cap, and drip edge flashing around the building's exterior.
  7. We'll do a complete cleanup and haul away any accumulated trash.

What Is a Flat Roof Coating?

Protecting structures with flat roofing from the elements have been greatly improved thanks to flat roof coatings. You no longer have to worry about leaks and constant maintenance on your roof. Modern flat roof coatings are resistant to moisture from snow, sleet, and rain.

A flat roof coating has numerous advantages. In addition to preventing leaks, they boost performance, minimize the need for repairs, and prolong the longevity of your roof. What's more, their price is roughly 50% less than the usual roof removal and replacement.

Your roof will wear out faster if you don't take care of it. In turn, this could cause problems more frequently, demanding costly repairs. Put your mind at ease by having Bulldog Builders install a high-quality coating on your flat roof before the next storm hits.

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Services You Can Rely On

Choosing just any roofer would be a risk. Because of their specific challenges and needs, flat roofs call for the expertise of a team of qualified roofing professionals.

Since we opened our doors in 2013, Bulldog Builders has helped many Wisconsin businesses and homeowners with flat roof installation, repair, and replacement. Our expertise will guarantee your roof will remain in good condition for decades.

Our company's founder, Wes Kitto, has worked in the field of property insurance claims for roughly twenty-five years. Wes has experience both as an insurance claims adjuster and a public adjuster working on behalf of policyholders. In addition, he has assisted lawyers by providing expert testimony in property claim disputes during depositions and trials. When it comes to the complexities of property claims, nobody in Wisconsin comes close to Wes.

Contact Us Today!

If you are considering a flat roof replacement in Wisconsin, Bulldog Builders is here to help. We offer free inspections, and you can count on us to take care of the replacement process with the necessary expertise and equipment. If you want to learn more about flat roof replacement and coating in Wisconsin, call us at (414) 405-1751 or contact us online to request a free roof inspection and quote.

Financing and 1-day roof replacement services are available.