Flat roofs are usually seen as options for commercial businesses, but they are an option for residential properties. Depending on the materials you choose and your contractor, you can save money with the installation of a flat roof. Before selecting your roofing material, it is important you understand your options and the differences between each material. 

Rubber Membrane

Rubber membrane is composed of a material known as ethylene propylene diene monomer. The material is designed to withstand a number of elements, including damaging sunlight. If you opt to install the material yourself, it is relatively easy to do. You can also repair any leaks that occur quickly with a simple patch. 

There is a downside to using a rubber membrane for your roofing though. Even though it withstands various elements well, it is vulnerable to being punctured. 

Built-Up Roof

A built-up roof is the result of layers of asphalt or coal tar being spread over your roof. To ensure the roofing is able to stand up to ultraviolet rays and is fire-resistant, a final layer of gravel is laid down. It is one of the most affordable options for installing a new roof. 

However, the roofing is very heavy. Before the installation, your contractor will need to check out the overall structure of your home to ensure that it can support the weight of the roof. You also have the added problem of the gravel becoming loose and falling into your gutters. As a result, you have to monitor your gutters regularly to avoid having them clogged with the rocks. 

Spray-Applied Roof coating

A spray-applied roof coating consists of layers of silicone applied to your roof. The silicone is water-resistant and also helps to reflect ultraviolet rays. The roofing also is easy to repair since the contractor only has to reapply the spray solution. It can also be applied over most types of other roofing, which means savings on removing old roofing. 

One disadvantage to the spray-applied silicone roofing is that it is one of the most expensive options for materials. How much you are charged depends largely on how many layers are needed and the layout of your roof. However, the quality of the roof makes it a good option for many homes. 

There are other flat roofing choices that you should review before making your final decision. Talk to your roof installation contractor about what he or she feels is the best option for your particular climate, roofing layout, and budget.