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Flat Roof Solutions for Businesses

It’s no secret that Massachusetts weather can be unpredictable and severe. Heavy winter snowfalls, hot summers, and changeable autumn and spring seasons make a reliable roof a “must-have” for company owners in Weymouth and surrounding areas.

Whether your company or organization provides healthcare, professional or scientific services, education, or manufacturing, flat roofs are an excellent solution for many commercial properties.

For instance, flat roofs can provide space for HVAC systems and other equipment in the healthcare sector. In the education sector, it can provide the foundation for solar panel installation or rooftop garden space.

Why Choose a Flat Roof?

Flat roofs offer several benefits that can be particularly advantageous for commercial property owners. Among the most notable:

Cost-Effectiveness: Flat roofing is often more affordable and easier to maintain than pitched roofing. With a more straightforward design, flat roofing is a budget-friendly option for many businesses.

Added Exterior Space: A flat roof can provide the perfect platform for comfort and functionality. Whether you need space for an oversized HVAC system, solar panels, or a rooftop garden, flat roofs provide a practical area compatible with various installations to enhance or extend functionality.

Easy Maintenance: Inspecting and maintaining a flat roof is easier and safer than doing the same for a sloped roof. Due to the flat nature, potential issues can be spotted and addressed promptly, extending the roof’s lifespan.

Energy Efficiency: Flat roofs are energy efficient. Reflective coatings and green roofing solutions can help regulate the building’s temperature, reducing energy costs year-round.

Next, we’ll explore the different flat roofing options for commercial buildings, large and small.

Flat Roofing Solutions for Commercial Properties

Flat roofs, in addition to being a safe and accessible surface for maintenance or installation workers, reduce the risk of accidents. Unlike slope roofs, which can have deep pitches, flat surfaces are a safer option for commercial buildings where frequent roof access might be necessary. This safety and accessibility should instill confidence in business owners about their roofing choices. In addition, flat roofs provide these benefits:

Supports Weight

Flat roofs, with their ability to support heavy snow loads and prevent ice dams and leaks, ensure the building stays dry and secure during winter. This durability should reassure business owners about the longevity of their investment.

Wind Resistance

High-quality flat roofing systems withstand strong winds, which are known to occur in coastal areas like Weymouth. Reinforced roofing materials and professional installations reduce the risk of wind damage.

Heat and UV Protection

Flat roofs with reflective coatings can minimize heat absorption during hot and steamy summers, keeping the building cooler. Heat and UV protection promote a more comfortable environment and reduce cooling costs.


Advanced techniques and durable roofing materials ensure that flat roofs remain watertight, preventing leaks and water damage during heavy rains and storms.

Types of Flat Roofs

Now that we’ve discussed some of the benefits of flat roofing, let’s discuss some of the different commercial flat roofing materials from which to choose.

Now that we’ve highlighted the benefits of flat roofing let’s discuss the GenFlex flat roofing materials that are available for your building.

GenFlex TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)

Manufactured using advanced extrusion technology, here are some key features of GenFlex TPO roofing:

Wide Sheets: The 12-foot wide sheets minimize the seams and panels required for installation, leading to significant cost savings and reduced labor because they offer higher coverage.

Durability: This high-quality thermoplastic polyolefin combines rubber’s flexibility and weather resistance with the solid and heat-welded thermoplastic seams. GenFlex TPO withstands extreme environmental conditions, ensuring long-lasting performance.

Variety and Customization: GenFlex TPO systems offer various products and installation types, from dual weld seams to peel-and-stick systems. Depending on the system design, these systems can be mechanically anchored or fully adhered to, and warranties extend up to 20 years.

Innovative Peel & Stick System: This flat roofing system features roofing with pre-applied adhesive and tape. This material simplifies and speeds up installation. Available in 10-foot rolls, it offers a safer and smarter roofing solution.

GenFlex Polyiso (Polyisocyanurate)

GenFlex Polyiso is an efficient thermal insulation board suitable for virtually all membrane roofing systems. Key characteristics include:

Thermal Efficiency: Polyiso features a polyisocyanurate foam core bonded to fiber-reinforced facers, providing excellent thermal insulation. It is ideal for new construction and reroofing applications over steel, wood, non-combustible, and certain nailable roof decks.

Installation Versatility: GenFlex Polyiso can be a fully adhered system, mechanically attached, or ballasted, offering flexibility based on your specific roofing needs.

Standard and Tapered Options: Available in multiple standard sizes with thicknesses ranging from 1 to 4 inches.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does a flat roof last?
A: With proper installation and maintenance, flat roofs can last 20-30 years, and some materials like EPDM can last up to 50 years.

Q: Can flat roofs support heavy snow and ice?
A: Flat roofs can handle heavy snow loads with proper insulation and drainage systems to prevent issues like ice dams.

Q: Are flat roofs energy efficient?
A: Flat roofs, especially those with a reflective coating, improve energy efficiency by regulating building temperature. This is an environmentally responsible choice and a cost-effective approach to managing energy consumption.

Q: What maintenance does a flat roof require?
A: Regular maintenance is vital to the longevity and performance of your flat roof. Regular maintenance could include conducting seasonal inspections and making spot repairs as needed. By staying proactive and addressing minor issues promptly, you can prevent significant problems and extend the lifespan of your roof.

Q: Are flat roofs more prone to leaks?
A: With proper installation and high-quality materials, flat roofs can be as leak-resistant as pitched roofs, which makes business owners feel secure about their roofing choices.

Call Flynn Roofing For Your Flat Roofing Needs

If you own a business in Hingham, Cohasset, Norwell, Newton, Scituate, Wellesley, Needham, Dover, or the surrounding communities, and you have questions or concerns about flat roofing solutions for your commercial building, don’t hesitate to contact Flynn Roofing for a no-obligation, free estimate.