A durable, strong, roof is an important part of any commercial building project. There are many different types of commercial roofs you can choose from, each of which has its own pros and cons for the type you choose. In this article, we will discuss each of the roof types available and in which scenarios it works best to use each of them.
- Commerical Metal Roof Construction
Metal roofing is always a popular choice for commercial projects mainly due to its durability. There are many types of metal that are appropriate for commercial roofs, and it depends on you to choose from those options that best fit the style of the rest of your building. Metal roofs can withstand many different weather conditions and are also fire-resistant. Additionally, these metal roofs require minimal maintenance and can last for as long as 40 years. However, metal roofs are quite expensive than many other types of roofing available.
- Built-Up Roofing Membrane
Built-up roofing membrane, also known as BUR is another popular roof option for commercial buildings. This type of roof is made from layers of ply sheets with a layer of asphalt applied on top. This roofing strategy has been used for hundreds of years and it remains a durable option. BUR works in many different climates and is the most popular option for low-slope roofs. However, it’s important to note that BUR roofs must have proper drainage to prevent water from pooling, and damaging the membrane.
- Thermoset EPDM Roofing
Another good option for low-slope or flat roofs is a thermoset roof. These roofs are made up of ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM, which is a durable rubber material. These roofs are extremely durable and are highly resistant to UV rays as well as extreme weather. They can even reduce energy costs by keeping the building cooler. However, many people don’t like the looks of EPDM roofs.
- Modified Bitumen Roofs
These roofs are the most ideal option if you have a roof deck or anticipate that your tenants will spend a good amount of time on the roof. This is because it is quite powerful and stable. Bitumen roofs require minimal maintenance to keep them in good condition. Structurally, modified bitumen roofs are very similar to that BUR roofs. They use a special type of asphalt that is designed to withstand a wide range of temperatures. Additionally, modified bitumen roofs when reinforced with fiberglass give strength to the roof.
- Commercial Green Roofing
This is the most unique roof option which might not be the cheapest or easiest option to maintain, but it adds up the aesthetic appeal to your building. These Green roofs are made with a waterproof membrane that can completely be covered with plants. In addition to the looks, these plants actually absorb water, preventing runoff, and they can even minimize the cooling cost.
With so many different types of roofing to choose from, you will need to assess your option and determine which one makes the most sense for the building. For more details call us today and book an appointment.