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Imagine a traditional gabled roof over a one-story home with floor-to-ceiling windows and a turquoise entry door that opened with a 36” long stainless steel door handle. Nothing under 8 feet from the ground in this picture sounds right. Modern architecture and flat roofs go hand in hand. Gables work on traditional or transitional.

The man who had the most impact on flat roofs in post-WWII America was Joseph Eichler whose company built nearly 11,000 single family homes with flat roofs in California. His homes became iconic for Mid-Century Modern architecture and can be found in Marin County, the East Bay, San Mateo County, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento. In Southern California, three small Eichler communities were built in Orange, Thousand Oaks and Granada Hills. In New York State where Eichler planned a 140-acre 216-home development, three homes were completed before Eichler pulled the plug. And in Colorado, Eichler-style (not authentic Eichlers) neighborhoods are Krisana Park and Lynwood in southeast Denver—255 homes in all. The Krisana Park Eichlers built in the 1950s by H. B. Wolff, came in four floor plans. Lynwood was built later and introduced the A-Frame model to the Mid-Century style.

Dave Weinstein of explains modern architecture as one that emphasized freeform living spaces more than the masses surrounding the space. Walls grew thin and immaterial and seemed to slide by each other without touching. Flat roofs hovered and became as thin as possible,” according to Weinstein.

But the problem with Eichler homes are the roofs, Weinstein continues. Because they are flat or low-sloped, Eichler owners can end up re-roofing their homes every 10-15 years.

Arapahoe Roofing and Sheet Metal install EPDM roof systems on flat roofs—homes and commercial buildings.

Ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM) is a synthetic rubber with a warranted life-span of 30 years and an expected lifespan has reached 50 years.

The most advanced EPDM combines a polyester fleece backing fabricated with a patented hot-melt adhesive technology largely eliminating shrinkage. The fleece improves puncture and tear resistance more than 3 times the strength of non-reinforced membranes. EPDM roofing saves energy, withstands fluctuations in temperature and ultraviolet rays and is known for its long-term weather resistance.

Contact Arapahoe Roofing for an estimate on your flat EPDM roof.