When thinking about your commercial roofing project, it can be helpful to understand more about the design of your roof as you consider the materials.
There are three main types of commercial roof shapes: flat, low-sloped, and pitched. Of all three, flat roofs are the most common.
Each type has its advantages, so you will want to speak to an experienced roofing contractor, such as the ones you’ll find at Jackson Contracting, about which one works best for your building needs.
Because they’re flat and don’t have to cover surface area for a pitch, flat roofs are less expensive to build because there are fewer square feet of coverage necessary.
Consequently, they’re also much easier to build, which can save you money on labor costs and time on your building project.
Low-sloped roofs work to help water to flow away so it doesn’t pool on your roof. Instead, it drains down valleys and into drains. As a commercial building owner, you’ll have greater peace of mind after heavy rainfall knowing it’s not puddling.
Pitched roofs have the greatest advantage when it comes to rolling off debris and water.
Just like with low sloped roofs, the less water you have puddling or stagnant on your roof, the less likely you are to suffer from leaks in your ceiling. And by preventing leaks, you also prevent mold from growing.
Modified bitumen roofing systems are asphalt-based and can be broken down into five parts: insulation, plies, adhesives, membranes, and sealants.
They’re notable for their energy efficiency and are a sturdy choice for flat roof construction.
Metal roofs are known for their long-lasting durability. Some can last as many as 50 years, and almost all of them last at least 30 years.
While metal is prone to rust, adding a protective sealant over roofs metal roofs can protect them from the elements.
They are a little more expensive to install, but the energy savings will more than make up for the initial cost.
And you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your roof is fire-resistant. Metal roofs are also water-resistant, which means that you won’t have to worry about mold.
And because metal comes in a variety of colors, you can match a metal roof to any design.
Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber is highly resistant to fire, water, ozone, and weather. It’s also a fine insulator, which is why it is a popular roofing material for commercial building managers who want to save on energy costs. EPDM roofing is installed in layered membranes called plies.
These rubber plies come in black and white, the lighter color very particularly popular in warmer climates to reduce cooling costs. They can also fit on any type of roof because of the elastic quality of the rubber.
The piles are coated with a primer to prepare then for the next step. Areas around joints or changes in the plane of the roof, such as chimney stacks or bathroom vent pipes, are reinforced with patches.
More companies are adopting green practices in their daily operations, and have noticed that these measures led to increased energy efficiency.
Green roofing is one of the biggest trends in 2020, they’re efficient in protecting buildings from water leaks, saving energy costs, and draining rainwater.