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Metal Roof and PVC Roof Replacement | Needham Roofers

Looking for trusted and skilled roofers Needham MA? ID Flat Roof is one of the prime roofing companies in Needham MA with professional services and highly qualified specialists.

Our company offers you a wide range of ‘near me’ roofing services in Needham including emergency leak repair, roof renovation and replacement as well as full construction projects from scratch.    

Furthermore, one of our priorities is to use high-end roofing materials delivered from the best American manufacturers. Need proof? Just take a look at some of our roofing projects we’ve completed in Needham MA recently.

The following project features two best alternatives to the old-school roofing materials:

  • rolled PVC membrane instead of a rubber roof
  • interlocking aluminum shingles instead of regular asphalt shingles

This project features two best alternatives to the conventional roofing materials: rolled PVC membrane instead of a rubber roof, and interlocking aluminum shingles instead of regular asphalt shingles. And the project was done by our roofers in Needham.


Aluminum Shingles Metal Roof and Rolled PVC Membrane


Both roofing materials are considered to be permanent solutions requiring minimum to none maintenance.

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Floating Rooftop Deck

Flat Roofs are a common type of roof for residential and commercial real estate in our country. To add, flat roofs have their own advantages which the property owner can use. For example, install Floating Rooftop Deck.

For example, you can turn a flat roof of your house, porch or even shed into a patio or terrace.  All you need to do is to install a safe and sightly floating deck over the roof.

If done right, it will not only provide you with a zone to relax and meet friends, but also likely increase the market value of your property.

Do you want to install a floating rooftop deck? ID Flat Roofs provides a full range of roofing services, including the installation of plastic and wood floating decks over flat roofs. Need additional 100% leak protection? Our roofers will install a PVC maintenance-free underlayment membrane with hot-air welded seams on the top of the roof.

Contact our consultants and tell us about your plans. We will offer the best options of floating rooftop decks considering your requirements and budget.


Want to build a deck on a flat roof?


  1. First you need to check the roof structure so that it can withstand the appropriate loads. Contact our roofer and he will inspect your roof at a convenient time for you.
  2. The next step is the installation of the waterproof membrane over top of the roof. We recommend using modern PVC membranes, which are stronger and more durable than rubber or EPDM counterparts.
    PVC membranes will reliably protect the roof from leaks, which means that you do not have to spend a lot of money on dismantling the deck in case of leaking problems.
  3. Then you need to install fasteners for the floating deck and design the roof with maximum protection from both wind uplift and mechanical damage. Most often we use the pedestal support system, but it all depends on the roofing project and architectural features.
    In any case, we will design the floating rooftop decks in such a way that it is as strong, comfortable and reliable as possible.
  4. Need drainage? If necessary, our roofers will design and install a drainage or snow melt system to prevent water from accumulating on the roof surface. We use special technologies that maintain the tightness of the underlayment membrane. So you will be sure that your roof will not leak in any weather.
  5. The next step is the installation of the deck. You can choose the most suitable deck on top of a flat roof, including natural wood or plastic. Not sure which flooring to choose for your floating porch or patio roof? We offer proven solutions from the best manufacturers in the US and will definitely find solutions that fit your tastes and budget.
  6. If necessary, our roofers will mount any additional structures on your rooftop deck, including sliding doors, railings, drip edges, and so on.

Take a look at the completed floating deck flat roof project


We have been installing floating rooftop decks for 15 years. We work with any popular materials, but we recommend paying attention to modern energy-efficient technologies and materials with a lifetime warranty.


PVC Roof Installation Under Floating Wooden Deck Sudbury


One of the common uses of flat roofs is to install a floating deck over them. Having the rubber membrane underneath the deck makes it extremely complicated when rubber fails.

Eventually adhesive in the seams of the rubber roof lets go and homeowners are facing very costly and labor-intensive repairs when they have to take the whole deck apart and then rebuild it.

A great alternative to the rubber roof with a floating rooftop deck on top of it is a PVC membrane with hot-air welded seams; because they will never come apart it will create a permanent and maintenance-free solution for those types of applications.


Project Description

  • Two-level deck over newly built garage
  • 23 railing posts
  • 2 sliding doors leading to the deck
  • 4″ wide extra strips of membrane for future decks slippers

Materials used

  • 1/2″ fan-fold styrofoam
  • 80-mil white PVC membrane with ChemGuard technology and fleece back
  • Mechanically attached assembly
  • 3″ PVC coated drip edge
  • Custom made post flashings
PVC roof under Floating Rooftop Deck installation
PVC Roof Installation Under Floating Wooden Deck
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floating deck with PVC Roof Installation
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Do you want to install floating rooftop deck?

Call our consultant, tell us about your plans and get help from an expert. Our specialist will come to you at a convenient time, check the roof and make an estimate. Estimating is Free.


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PVC Membrane Installation on Shed Dormer Flat Roof Wellesley

PVC membrane is by far the most superior material for flat roof installations. Unlike rubber which relies on glue to hold the seams together, PVC membrane is fused together to form the seams that are stronger than material itself. Properly welded seams will never come apart – this is why all PVC membrane installations come with lifetime warranty.


Shed dormer is a most common way to increase inside space without serious reconstruction and always has either flat or low pitch roof.

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PVC Membrane Installation on Low Pitch Roof Wayland

Best rubber roof alternative – PVC membrane can be installed not only on flat roofs but also as a asphalt shingles alternative on low-pitched regular roofs.


PVC membrane is a permanent solution that is almost free of maintenance, has a lifetime warranty, and solves ice dams problems once and forever.

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PVC Low Pitch Roof Installation Newton

Project Description

  • Low pitch (3/12) roof with asphalt shingles
  • 2 large chimneys
  • 9 skylights
  • Constant problems with ice dams along the roof edges and leaks in the valleys area
  • Installation technique: mechanically attached assembly, barbed 2″ plates, hot-air welded seams.
  • After project was completed roof withstood record-setting winter of 2014-2015 without a single issue and with no maintenance
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Metal Shingles and PVC Roof Installation Milton

This custom home was designed and built by a local architect in the outskirts of Boston.


The homeowner approached us in January of 2013 and needed his newly constructed home to be sided and roofed in the coming weeks. He had already selected the metal roofing and siding for the project but had yet to select a contractor nor a material to be used on his flat roofs and decks. Once we proposed our durable PVC membranes the homeowner had made his choice; all that was left was to find the weather breaks to proceed.

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PVC Flat Roof Installation Lexington

This home in Lexington, MA was suffering from leaks on the tar and gravel roof and needed a permanent solution to solve the low-sloped roofing problems. With a slope of less than 3:12 the only viable options were standing seam metal or a membrane roofing system (asphalt shingle manufacturers DO NOT recommend their products on low-sloped roofs, although many roofing contractors will install them regardless). We proposed adding rigid insulation and an 80 mil PVC single-ply membrane with a lifetime materials warranty and the homeowners knew they’d found the answers they’d been looking for.

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PVC Flat Roof Installation Lincoln | ID Flat Roof

Photos before installing PVC Flat Roof
Installation process for Flat Roof
PVC Flat Roofing

Our next project, a house in Lincoln, MA, has a several years old addition, with a roof that changes a pitch from being very steep in the top to almost flat toward a lower portion. The flat section of the roof had asphalt shingles, which created two problems: skylights started to leak and massive ice dams started to form during the winter time, allowing the thawing water to get under the shingles and inside the house. To fix these problems we decided to remove old asphalt shingles and install new 50-mil PVC membrane, mechanically attached over ½ inch Styrofoam insulation with bronze PVC coated drip edge to match the existing fascia color.

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PVC Roof Installation on Shed Dormer North Attleboro

A shed dormer is a very popular way to expand a living space without building an addition. Shed dormers have almost flat or very low pitched roofs, and if covered with regular roofing materials, like asphalt shingles or rolled asphalt, they tend to leak and allow ice dams to build-up. A rolled PVC membrane is the great solution to prevent leakages and ice dams. Not only it is designed for flat and low sloped roofs, it also carries the lifetime material warranty and has an extra benefit of reflecting a lot of sunlight, keeping cool the space under.

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PVC Roof Installation in Weston | ID Flat Roof

Unlike majority of home owners our client really did his homework. He had a problem with his rubber roof (which was only a few years old and yet had multiple leaks along the skylights, chimney and lower side of the roof) and was looking for a permanent and more efficient solution. He already knew about the material, so after some consideration we decided to go with 50-mil white IB PVC Membrane, mechanically attached.


Another issue that he had was the upper bedrooms getting too hot during the summer, so 3.3 inch ISO insulation was chosen to address that. Another reason for choosing such insulation was the 30% tax credit that Massachusetts offers.


As the two layers of old roof were removed (old rubber and rolled asphalt under it) we discovered that there was significant water damage to the roof deck.

PVC Roof Installation
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IB Traditions Installation Lenox | ID Flat Roof

Among other strong qualities if IB Roof System such as great looks and lifetime warranty comes very wide variety of its accessories, colors and footprints. Even though white is the most popular color due to its reflecting properties, not everybody likes it, or simply cannot install it. For example we had one client who could not use white roof because it would blind people passing through the hill near his house. That’s why IB came up with the wide range of colors (full color chart could be found here).


This article describes installation of the IB Traditions – basically it is the same IB membrane only it has the image of the architectural shingles printed on them. The owner of the recently built house in Lenox, MA decided that he wanted to build the screened porch with flat roof and to match gray shingles on the main house we decided to go with Gray IB Traditions.

IB Traditions Installation
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IB Flat Roof Installation Lynn | ID Flat Roof

Even though this was a relatively big two-family house with the roof being about 1200 sq. feet it only had one 3 inch drain in the middle of it – that was just the way houses were built back in the days.


The roof was originally tar & gravel and naturally, after installing couple more new layers, it lost its slope towards the middle of the roof where the drain is. That, of course, caused water to the pond making the situation even worse and resulting in multiple leaks.


A roofing contractor who was called for repair charged $3500 and installed another patch right where water was ponding – naturally, the story repeated itself in no time. So, when we met the owner he was very frustrated and angry about the whole story – costly repairs were done but with no improvements.

Flat Roof Installation Process
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