Fact: Commercial roofing is not the same as residential roofing. From the products to the installation and maintenance, commercial roofs require a different set of skills and knowledge.
Commercial roofing products:
- Metal – made primarily from aluminum and steel, the popularity of this roofing material has increased dramatically in the past decade
- Shingle – the most standard type of roofing, shingles are made of asphalt and come in a strip, 3-dimensional or designer style
- Slate – this dense rock, quarried for roofing is naturally durable
- Shake – a basic shingle made from split logs or heavy gauge metal
- Tile – These roofs are made from ceramic or cement, and offer a wide variety of textures and colors
Most commercial roofs are flat, meaning the pitch is 10 degrees or less, making it almost level. Flat commercial roofs require a coating. This coating can be:
- Elastomeric – an acrylic latex sprayed on to assist in reducing the heat buildup in roofs
- Plyurea – a waterproofing foam
- EPDM – (ethylene propylene dieneterpolymer) extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing made from ethylene and propylene
- TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) –made from polyprophylene and ethylene-propylene rubber polymerized together.
- PVC – made of thick, flexible UV-resistant thermoplastic material
Although most are flat, there are other styles of roof that can be found on commercial buildings:
- Low slope – This roof style is primarily used for large commercial applications such as condo complexes and town homes.
- Mansard– a roof with four sloping sides (also called a French roof)
- Gable – a roof with two sloping sides, much like a young child might draw
- Hip – the sides of this roof slope gently downwards to the walls
Tar & Gravel – also called BUR (built up roof membranes) roofing, this type of roof is composed of alternating layers of bitumen with reinforcing fabrics to create a finished membrane.
Did You Know: A commercial roof can take more than a month to install. This is because commercial roofs require additional days for the product to be glued, to cure, to settle, etc.
The amount of money you’ll sink into a new roof depends on several factors, such as the construction of the building. If you’re simply replacing the roof, you’ll most likely stick with the material previously used. If you’re building a new structure, you’ll have more options from which to choose.
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