Hot-Mop or Self-Adhering Roofs: Which Is Better?

Living in Florida comes with its advantages and disadvantages. You get to enjoy the sun for most of the year without having to deal with cold temperatures. On the downside, you have to deal with high humidity levels, which can lead to mold and mildew in your home if the roof is damaged or too old. At one point or another in your life, while living in Florida, you will need to go through the re-roofing process. You have two options with re-roofing: hot-mop and self-adhering. Let’s examine the pros and cons of both options.

The Pros and Cons of Hot-Mop

When the time comes to re-roof your home, the hot-mop option is a common one. It involves spreading a layer of hot asphalt on the base layer of the roof. The asphalt is applied to the roof using a heated mop. A modified bitumen cap sheet is then applied to the asphalt and both layers are nailed to the roof. 

The pros of the hot-mop option:

  • Proven roofing method.
  • Comes with a warranty that is viewed as above average.
  • Easy to build up the low spots of the roof.
  • Long-lasting roofing option.

hot mop roofThe cons:

  • A lot of equipment is needed.
  • A lot of labor is required.
  • Takes a long time to install.
  • Smells like tar when installed.
  • Have to vacate your home when roof is installed.
  • If tarps or plywood is not applied to your property, a spill could leave an unsightly mess.

The Pros and Cons of Self-Adhering Roofing

The self-adhering concept in the roofing industry is a newer option for homes and businesses throughout the state of Florida. The biggest benefit of a self-adhering roof is that you do not need tar or the equipment required to apply tar for the installation of this product. Self-adhering roofing is so simple that it is often referred to as peel and stick. This product can be installed on structures with a flat roof and some structures with a sloped roof.

The pros of self-adhering roofing:

  • A direct flame is not needed.
  • No tar is needed.
  • Not a lot of equipment is required.
  • Comes with a better warranty.
  • Cleaner installation process.

The cons:

  • Newer roofing option.
  • Pricer than hot-mop.
  • Not a proven method.
  • Length of roof life not yet known.

Which Option is Better?

So, which roofing option is better for your home? If you are going for a proven, cost-effective method, your best bet is the hot-mop method. If you don’t mind paying a little more for your roof installation and don’t want hot tar or an open flame on your home, then self-adhering roofing is your best bet.

Does Your Roof Need to be Repaired? Call Aastro Roofing Today

If it is time to re-roof your home, or you haven’t decided what method to use on new construction, you need to speak to an experienced roofing contractor. Call the team from Aastro Roofing at 561-409-3280 to schedule a consultation or appointment for service.