While the task of choosing from the various types of commercial roofing may seem daunting for the inexperienced, the task is relatively simple if you know what you need. Here is a quick guide to the most common types of commercial roofing to help you make a sound decision:
This type of commercial roof is probably the most familiar. It is comprised of multiple layers of fiberglass reinforced felt that have been saturated with a bituminous, tar-like product. The edges are sealed with even more tar to provide a waterproof, durable and long-lasting roof covering.
Single-Ply Roofing Membrane
A little more high-tech than the previous tar and gravel covering, single-ply commercial roofing comes in two varieties – ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO). Each has its advantages in particular situations and under certain conditions. Specifically, EPDM is quite easy to install while the TPO product is renowned for its heat reflective and energy-efficient qualities.
Modified Bitumen Roofing
This type of roofing combines the tried-and-true with the newest advances in commercial roofing technology. Using asphalt-based bitumen and advanced polymers, manufacturers have created polymer-modified, bitumen membranes that are engineered to be waterproof and still remain flexible so that they can be used in a wide variety of unusual situations.
Shingle or Tile Roofing
Pitched roofs demand a slightly different type of commercial roofing – typically, shingles or tiles are used. While either the fiberglass or asphalt ones are an excellent product, they must be installed properly or they will not function as intended. In addition, commercial-grade shingles comes in a variety of shapes, colors and styles to add a little aesthetic appeal to your building.
For climates with heavy rains and high winds, consider a metal roof. Its durability and longevity – 50 years or more – make it the most cost-effective choice over the long run and will be add value of you ever go to sell the property. In addition, metal roofs provide a very distinctive look to your building again adding to its value.
As you can see, there is a commercial roofing system to fit any need or budget. If you are still unsure of exactly what you need, please contact us at A-1 Property Services. Our experienced team can lead you through your options and help you make an informed decision.More About Commercial Roofing