All You Ever Wanted To Know About Commercial Roofing

May 27, 2020

You might think that residential and commercial roofs are pretty much the same, but that is not exactly correct. If you take a good look at an average residential and commercial roof you will notice that the most striking visual difference is the slope that each one has; any industrial roofing company will tell you that the slope is directly determined by the size of the structure in question. Residential homes are usually made of architectural tile, asphalt shingles, and slate and have steeper slopes than commercial buildings because they tend to be smaller. Commercial buildings will typically have flat or only slightly sloped roofs and can be made of tougher and sturdier materials.

About Materials used for Modern Roofs

As you might expect, commercial roofing has to be tougher than residential roofing, and advances in roofing methods, as well as technology, continue to provide professional roofers with newer and better ways to deal with challenges. Some of the most recent developments in roofing now allow roofers to implement materials that possess high resistance to extreme temperatures and even promote environmental efficiency, helping to bring down the cost of heating and cooling the property in question. Although it must be said that what materials are actually used in a modern commercial roof depends highly on how much the owner is willing to spend.

About Roofing Systems for Business Properties

There are different types of roofing systems for business owners to consider for their properties and, as you might expect, they all have their advantages and disadvantages; it is not just a matter of choosing the cheapest or most expensive one. Quite a few things have to be considered when deciding what type of roofing system would be best for commercial property and professional assistance to choose the right one is very important.

Single-Ply Roofing
This type of roof uses single-ply materials that tend to be popular among commercial property owners because of how good they are at standing up to the damaging weather conditions that they are going to have to face on a daily basis for many years to come.

TPO Roofing
Thermoplastic Polyolefins (TPO) is known to have high impact resistance, low density, and also high chemical resistance, and this is one of the reasons that they are used in applications that require exceptional toughness and durability such as with commercial roofs. TPO will usually be utilized with roofs that have a low slope although they could be used with other types of roofs depending on certain circumstances and the needs of the business in question.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
This type of roofing material is made with several layers of Polyvinyl Chloride that include reinforcement in between the layers. One of the two layers will be made to be resistant to the sun’s rays while the other will have plasticizers in order to achieve the flexibility that makes installation simpler. Commercial roofs that utilize PVC are both durable and fire-resistant, making them a great choice for commercial properties that have to worry about possible fires and all the disastrous damage that can result from them.

EPDM Roofing
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a useful chemical compound that happens to be both elastic and exceptionally tough. This chemical compound is used to make rubber roofs that stand up admirably to the sun’s powerful rays. Plus, it is cheap so it makes the end product highly affordable which is something commercial property owners usually love.

Modified Bitumen Roofing Systems
Modified bitumen roofing material is made with materials that give it a considerable amount of flexibility and makes it highly resistant to extreme temperature. Since this type of roofing material may be used in various ways and in either hot or cold temperature, installation is possible at any time of the year. Plus, a modified bitumen roofing system requires little to no maintenance at all, making it very popular.

BUR Systems
This roofing system is certainly not as modern as others but comes with various benefits that include durability, low maintenance, and easy repairs. A BUR system is made up of multiple layers for added protection against extreme temperatures. A lot of commercial property owners who are worried about fire protection choose a BUR system.

Metal Roofs
Ask any roofing specialist, and you will learn that one of the best things about this roofing choice is how long it lasts; while there are certain roofing options that will only last a few decades or even less depending on the conditions that they must sustain and other factors, you can expect incredible performance from a metal roof for more 50 years and even an entire lifetime! A lot of commercial property owners choose metal roofing for its visual appeal and performance no matter the slope of their building.

Green Roofs
A “green” roof is sometimes referred to as a “living” roof since it happens to be covered by vegetation. Green roofs are great if you happen to be worried about the environment and also want to save on energy costs, but they are far from ideal for every building or house. If you are interested in this type of roof, it is highly advisable that you talk to a roofing expert who has some experience with it and can have a good look at your property to advise you whether it is a good option for you or not.

Steep Slope roofing
Properties that have been designed with a steep roofing slope of 3:12 or even higher will require special roofing materials. Generally, the materials that will be available for this type of property include fiberglass 3-tab shingles, fiberglass laminate shingles, specialty asphalt shingles, through to wood shakes, wood shingles, concrete tile, slate, metal, and others.

Choosing the Right Roofing Company

Choosing the right roofing company for your needs is not always easy, but perhaps the most important thing to focus on when choosing who to hire is experienced so that you know that you are dealing with true professionals who know what they are doing. Click here for more:

Bourdeau Contracting LLC
2902 N St Peters Pkwy St.
Peters MO 63303
(855) 570-4930

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