If you own a commercial building and planning for a new roof, there is a lot to consider. Some of these considerations can be simplified by working with a qualified contractor with commercial roofing experience. An experienced contractor would give you an overview of some popular types of roofing materials for commercial buildings. They can help you choose the one that’s right for the project and advise you throughout the entire re-roofing process.
Flat PVC roofing
PVC commercial roofing material has two layers of polyester reinforcement between them. It is resistant to UV rays and fire, flexible, quite durable, lightweight, and doesn’t tend to curl. The PVC roofing material can be pricey and may sometimes affect your budget. Also, the material shrinks over time, which can result in leaks.
Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM)
EPDM, also known as “rubber roofing,” is an economical choice for commercial roofing projects. With an overall lifespan of about 20 years, EPDM is light and easy to install without reinforcing the roof deck. EPDM is resistant to damage by ultraviolet rays.
One must keep in mind that the material is black, and the roofs are not always attractive to look at once the material is rolled out. Lighter colors that don’t absorb as much heat are also available but that will come at an additional cost.
Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO)
TPO is a white commercial roofing material that reflects the sun and causes less heat to enter the building. It is considered an inexpensive roofing product. TPO is popular for many reasons, including its strong heat-welded seams, resistance to corrosion, and mildew growth.
The problem with TPO roofing is the quality, as it is inconsistent from one manufacturer to another. If you are considering TPO roofing, could you make sure your contractor gets a quality product?
Spray polyurethane foam (SPF)
SPF roofing is sprayed on and becomes solid within seconds. It is a great choice for energy savings and has excellent strength as well as durability. These roofs typically have a lifespan of 40 years or even longer and provide a watertight and airtight top for the building. The only concern with these commercial roofs is that they must be installed only by experienced contractors.
Asphalt rolled roofing
It is made of the same material as asphalt shingles, the rolled roofing is an ideal choice for low-slope roofs. Not only it is in a lower price range, but it is an easy-to-install commercial roofing. The disadvantage of asphalt rolled roofing is its short life of about 10 years. Leaks are common as the roof ages. Hence, it’s not a good choice.
Other common roofing types we see on Florida commercial properties include:
- Single-ply membrane roofing
- Shingle roofing
- Built-up roofing
- Metal roofing
Most commercial roofing styles work well in the right application, as long as you select an experienced contractor who is able to explain the pros and cons as well as the costs and installation processes. For more detail on roofing, call us today and book an appointment.