asphalt emulsion

Old Asphalt Roofs vs. Modern-Day Asphalt Emulsion Roofs

Asphalt has been used on commercial flat or low-sloped roofs for decades. In the past, the asphalt would be applied to the roof with a broom or mop. This process was called hot mopping. When applied, the asphalt would be about 400 degrees Fahrenheit and required a large piece of equipment called a kettle trailer. While this type of roofing is good at keeping water out and lasts for many years, there have been new techniques and roofing systems developed that use asphalt emulsion in innovative ways.

The old-school hot-mopped roofs might have some advantages, but they definitely have some disadvantages. Applying hot asphalt on roofs can be dangerous. When applied with this technique, the asphalt creates hazardous fumes. There is also the danger of being burned. When applying asphalt with mops, it can be dangerous since it is so hot, but it can also be messy. When not done with care, this can create dips in the roof that causes water to pool. 

Benefits of a FARR System 

So how does a Fluid Applied Reinforced Roofing system compare? For one, the FARR system is much safer. There are no toxic fumes and less chance of burns. When the asphalt emulsion is applied, it is sprayed directly onto the roof using special equipment instead of mopping it. This also allows the installers to get more even layers. 

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Like old-school asphalt roofs, the FARR system creates a long-lasting, seamless roof. Asphalt emulsion, polyester fabric, and acrylic coating are layered to construct a waterproof, durable barrier between your roof and the elements. 

Overall, the Fluid Applied Reinforced Roofing system is an updated, safer version of the hot-mopped asphalt roofs. The seamless assembly allows for the flexible, waterproof protection to be completely customized and tailored to your commercial flat roof. We offer complimentary aerial roof inspections so you can know the health of your roof. If you would like to talk to one of our highly-trained team members about your roofing needs and to see if a FARR system would be right for you, contact us today!