If you are roofing a commercial building, your roofing options are probably going to differ from residential buildings. The big difference is the slope of commercial buildings, which tends to be different than homes. Many commercial buildings are flat, which means a traditional residential shingle roof is a bad choice. Instead, there are a variety of roofing types that are compatible with those commercial roofs.
Rest Assured Roofing is a commercial roofing contractor NY, NJ. The most popular commercial roof types we have encountered include:
- Built-Up Roofing (BUR) Membrane
- Green Roofing
- Spray-On Silicon
- Metal Roofing
- Thermoset EPDM Roof Membrane
- Thermoplastic PVC & TPO Roof Membrane
Of course, for commercial buildings with sloped roofs, shingles remain a roofing option. Shingle roofs are durable, affordable, and easy-to-install.
Types of Metal Roofing
There are several different types of metal roofing systems. Some come with built-in solar systems or snow-removal systems. They may be in coated or stainless steel, copper, aluminum, galvanized steel, tin, zinc, or aluminum. Metal roofs are a good option. They have a lifespan of 40 to 60 years, are strong, and are fire resistant. However, it may be damaged by hail and they could corrode.
A BUR membrane roof is made of alternate levels of tar and gravel. They have a lifespan of 20 years or more. The cost is heavily dependent on how many layers are in the roof, though more layers mean longer durability. These types of roofs are inexpensive, and easy to repair. They can also handle foot traffic. However, it can be difficult to identify the source of leaks.
A green roof is a combination of a waterproof membrane and live plants. They add green space, have great insulation, handle water drainage management, and can offer an additional living space. However, they have high maintenance requirements.
Spray-on roofs are made of spray on foam that becomes a solid layer. It is installed over existing roofing. It increases insulation and waterproofing and can last up to 50 years.
A Thermoset EPDM Membrane is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane, which is resistant to sunlight and pollution. It is rolled on, easy to install, and durable. However, it is not very attractive and, while it resists things like acids or alcohols, it can be punctured.
Thermoplastic PVC or TPO roofs are lightweight, reflect heat, inhibit bacterial growth, and are resistant to fats and oils. They are also fire resistant. However, the quality of the material makes a huge difference. You want to make sure and purchase a quality product from a reputable manufacturer.
Rest Assured Roofing are local experts, offering New York & New Jersey gutter, siding repair & installation, as well as roofing. We can help you choose the most appropriate roofing material for your commercial building.