When it comes to selecting the correct roof for your commercial needs, several factors come into play. Composition, material, and expense are but the basics, so to help guide your decision let’s explore the various types of roofing systems of our commercial market today and find one best suited for you.
1.Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
This type of roofing consists of coating a solid layer over an existing roof. Commonly known as SPF, once sprayed it expands onto the roof surface as foam and later solidifies thus covering the base in thick material. The SPF material also regulates interior temperatures by expelling excess heat during humid days while trapping heat indoors on milder days thus lowering energy costs.
SPF are seen in both commercial and industrial roofing systems. With effective use, it boasts longevity in harsh climate, dust, and rain. Maintenance is straightforward as a fresh coat can be easily applied when needed, making SPF simple to use.
2. Single-Ply Membrane Roofing
This consists of synthetic polymer-based membranes connected through joints to form a complete roof. These membranes are flexible, lightweight, and can withstand outdoor extremities such as UV, corrosion, and fire. A single-ply membrane ranges from 40 mil to 80 mil in thickness. Other variations include PVC, TPO, EPDM and many more depending on its application.
This form of roofing can be attached in different ways due to the flexibility of the single-ply to fit your ideal structured design.
3. Metal Roofing
It’s the most common form of roofing in residential and commercial properties. It entails the installation of metal pieces onto the outer layer of the roofing skeleton. Metal roofs are mainly composed of steel, copper, zinc, tin, or aluminum. Each boasting unique properties like rust resistivity, heat insulation, lightweight, and durability. The metal shingles interlock and are fasted together with high-grade stainless steel clips to prevent sliding and water from sipping through.
The price of this roofing system is generally much more than other alternatives, the use of copper or aluminum makes it even higher. However, in the long run, they provide better protection and longevity with little to no maintenance.
4. Shingle Roofing
Similar to everyday tile roofs, shingle roofing consists of a pattern of overlapping shingles that firmly interlock, hiding any exposed surfaces. Shingle roofs are waterproof easily channeling water directly into your gutter system. They come in various materials such as ceramic, wood, metal, clay, fiber cement, and much more. Aside from variety, it is quite affordable making it a worthwhile investment for budgeted construction. More so, it can be installed in any roofing conditions and angle due to its versatility.
5. Built-up Roofing System
You may know them as tar roofs. Built-up roofing (BUR) consists of interchanging layers of reinforcing fabric and a bitumen mixture. The mixture consists of asphalt, coal tar, or applied cold adhesive while the fabric used is either fiberglass or organic-based. When stacked, these layers come together to create what is called a finishing membrane. The membrane is durable while acting as a water-resistant barrier that guarantees protection from the elements.
BUR help keeps building temperatures consistent. This means it alleviates the overuse of heating and cooling systems thus saving energy and money.
In the end, the ideal commercial roof is one that satisfies your needs the most. Taking into consideration the many advantages and types can help ease the decision.