Bitumen membrane systems come with a range of benefits. For instance, they’re incredibly compatible with all the different types of flat roofing applications. This flexibility means that they can be used in a range of different places, such as being used to waterproof green roofs, car park decks and more. They’re also incredibly resistant to extreme weather conditions, from searing heat to rain, snow and ice. This resistance to the freeze-thawing process means they’re suitable for use wi various different climates.
There are a number of methods for installing bitumen membrane systems, including torch-applying the system, mechanically fixing or adhering the system. This is largely dependent on the specific case and suitability. As the building owner, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have added security thanks to the installation of a robust multilayer felt system.
Bitumen membrane systems have fantastic life expectancy, being able to last for a long time and maintain its elasticity even after ageing, making it a great choice for any flat roof solution. Bitumen membrane systems also have great resistance to punctures, scratches and impact damage. Compared to other flat roof solution, bitumen membrane systems have incredible resistance to mechanical damage.
This traditional roofing system has stood the test of time and remains an excellent solution for use on roofs with concrete decking, as well as warm roofs with concrete, plywood, or metal decks. The experts at Protech Roofing are the best people to advise you on which bitumen membrane roofing solution is the most suitable for your projects, so you can maximise on your investment.
Protech Roofing stays on top of the latest innovations, meaning we install modern torch-on felt roofing systems as well as felt made from materials like fibreglass, cellulose and bitumen. The suitability of each type depends on your individual needs.
Bitumen is a substance made from organic liquids that are highly sticky, viscous and waterproof. Bitumen is often used interchangeably with asphalt. However, there is a slight distinction between the two — Bitumen is the liquid binder that holds asphalt together.
Thanks to its adhesive and waterproof qualities, Bitumen has been used for various construction purposes for thousands of years, making it one of the oldest known engineering materials that are still around today. Bitumen remains an incredibly popular and in-demand roofing solution to this day. Worldwide, 100 million tonnes of bitumen are produced and used each year, with 10% of this amount being used for roofing.
Over the years, developments in technology and materials have paved the way for innovative bitumen membrane roofing systems. Bitumen roofing systems can be applied using cold, soft or hot techniques.
Bitumen membrane can be applied using a torch, which is a simple and quick process that provides additional certainty of completely homogeneous modified bitumen throughout. There is also a hot-mopped application, similar to how conventional built-up roofs are installed, where the block is heated and applied onto the substrate, forming a fully-bonded waterproofing layer.
Cold-applied adhesives and self-adhesive membranes are two options that have become more popular in recent years. Copolymers (polymers that are made up of two or more monomer species) are used to modify the bitumen. Common copolymers used include atactic polypropylene (APP), styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS), styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), and styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene (SEBS).
Which installation method you choose largely depends on the specific case and suitability of your project. At Protech Roofing, our team of experts can help determine the right bitumen membrane system, ensuring you get maximum suitability, quality and durability for your roof.
Thanks to its unrivalled waterproof properties, all-weather application and versatility, bitumen membrane is one of the most common materials used for roofs. It’s typically used for commercial buildings, but it’s becoming an increasingly popular option for residential properties, too. Bitumen membrane is an excellent solution for roofs with concrete, plywood or metal decking.
In addition to roofing, bitumen is also widely used for roads. In fact, 85% of global bitumen production is consumed in the construction and maintenance of roads. When mixed with sand, gravel and crushed rock, bitumen can be used to lay roads, pavements, bicycle paths, runways, railway platforms and playgrounds… the list goes on.
Over the last few centuries, bitumen has also been used for sealing and insulating purposes, soundproofing, explosives, shoe soles, fence post coating and soil stabilization.
At Protech Roofing, we’re experts on bitumen roofing, and we’re the best people to help you decide which roofing solution is best for your project.
Choosing the best roofing for your building is not a task that should be taken lightly. Like with all of our roofing systems, bitumen membrane could be the perfect solution for your project due to the wide array of benefits it has. They are:
● Easy to apply – it is a fuss-free solution and modern Systems no longer require workers to bind the layers together, this makes it a quick and efficient process.
● No weather dependent installation – some roofing systems require a particular weather condition for the perfect installation, we can install bitumen membrane in all weathers.
● Durable – bitumen membrane roofing is known for its long lifespan. It isn’t affected by UV rays or hot sunlight and is extremely resistant to wind and rain. It is sturdy, so there is no need to worry about falling twigs, debris or branches piercing the felt. If necessary, you can walk on it.
● Value for money – the long lifespan, durability and strength that bitumen membrane offers makes it extremely cost-effective. It is also low maintenance, meaning once you’ve invested you won’t be required to spend much extra money on upkeep.
● Versatile – can be made to fit many different styles of roof including curved, pitched or flat roofs.
When your bitumen membrane roof is applied correctly by expert roofers, the quality of your roof will increase tenfold. Working with an expert roofing company means you also benefit from years of industry experience.
We can provide you with the best roofing solution for your project after a short analysis of your specific situation. We have access to supplies from the leading manufacturers, including Bauder and IKO, and can tailor our service to you.