It is important to choose the right kind of roof for your commercial property and there are several factors to consider such as local weather conditions, surrounding foliage, animals, and pests. You also want a roof that fits your budgetary restrictions while offering the best long-term performance possible.
The first step towards selecting a commercial roofing system is to familiarize yourself with the various roofing options. Below you will find some useful information about the most widely used roofing types for commercial use.
When you want a commercial roofing system that is tried and true, you can’t go wrong with built-up roofing, commonly called BUR. This low-slope tar-and-gravel roof provides a flexible solution that can cater to various durability needs and budget limitations. As one of the most cost-effective roofing types, it is also one of the most popular.
If you expect frequent activity on your commercial roof, then this is going to be your number-one choice. Bitumen is installed in layers like BUR membranes, but MBR was created as a lighter, more flexible alternative to BUR. Installation is simpler, less messy, and less smelly. This flat roofing type also offers better tensile strength and easier maintenance; an annual inspection and cleaning is all you need.
EPDM roofing, also known as thermoset roofing, is a durable and versatile roofing type. Installation is simple and the cost of commercial roof repair is low when compared to most other roofing types. EPDM is made from a single-ply rubber material that is resistant to damage from pests, UV rays, and fluctuating temperatures. This roof also provides reflective properties, which can lower energy costs.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing systems offer many benefits. They are lightweight, energy efficient, and they provide extreme resistance to weathering, UV damage, punctures, chemicals, and bacterial growth.
This is a popular roof option for restaurants because it resists damage from fats and oils that emit from food-industry ventilation systems. Businesses located in high-wind and fire prone areas also opt for this ultra-durable roofing material.
The long-term benefits of metal roofing are hard to match. There are multiple metal materials to choose from, providing a wide range of style and performance features. In general, metal roofing is highly durable, very energy efficient, fire resistant, and easy to maintain.
The most common downfall is rusting, but this can be avoided with protective layers. Metal roofing is also one of the more expensive options, but if you can handle the up-front cost, you’ll get an investment that can be well worth it.
To speak with a knowledgeable commercial roofing contractor or to request a free cost estimate for commercial roofing services, contact Ridge Valley Exteriors today. We specialize in multi-family roofing, commercial roof repair, and nationwide commercial roof restoration.
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