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Your Guide to Commercial Roofing Systems

All roofing systems are designed to protect your property from the elements. Commercial roofing systems differ from other roofing applications in both the structure of the roof and the materials used. 

Typically single-family homes and even multi-family properties generally use an asphalt shingle roofing system. Commercial roofs on the other hand, are often low slope due to the size of the structure and thus require a more complicated system to properly protect your property. Factors in deteremining which system best meets your property’s needs depends on many factors including slope, size, environmental conditions and more. 

Types of Commercial Roofing Systems

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, or EPDM, is among the most popular commercial roofing materials. Often, it is used in low-slope commercial buildings because of its elasticity and toughness.  It is relatively low in cost in comparison and is known for its toughness and durability. It can last up to 50 years with proper installation and maintenance. 

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer is also considered to be relatively simple to install and is energy efficient, helping property owners reduce energy consumption and costs. EPDM is also highly flexible and can adapt to changes in temperature and weather conditions without shrinking. 

While EPDM roofing is generally considered very durable, it can be punctured with sharp objects, which could lead to future leaking. Additionally, it is limited in color options to black or white. It is not considered eco-friendly because it is made from non-biodegradable materials. 

Overall, EPDM roofing can be a good choice for your commercial property. However,  as with any system, it is essential to consider the potential drawbacks and limitations before deciding. A local, experienced commercial roofing contractor can assist with questions and system design. 

Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO)

Thermoplastic Olefin, or TPO, is a type of single-ply roofing material that has become increasingly popular recently. This is due, in part, to its durability and versatility. TPO is known for its durable nature and resistance to weather, punctures, and tears, which makes it an excellent choice in our region. 

It comes in various colors and can be customized to fit different architectural styles. This roofing system is one of the least complicated to install by a professional roofer, thus minimizing installation costs. TPO roofing is considered more eco-friendly than other systems as it can be recycled at the end of its functional lifespan. 

Considering its more recent introduction into the market, there needs to be more data on its long-term performance, making it difficult to predict how it will hold up over time. TPO roofing typically requires hot air welding of the seams, which can make repairs more difficult. It does not perform well in high-heat environments, which can cause premature cracking or system failure. 

TPO roofing systems can be a smart choice for cooler-climate commercial properties. It is imperative to discuss the drawbacks of any system with a local, qualified commercial roofing contractor

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC, is another type of single-ply roofing material. It is commonly used on flat or low-slope commercial roofs. 

PVC roofing is highly reflective. As such, it helps reduce heat absorption and lower cooling costs. It is known for being incredibly durable. PVC roofing is also very weather resistant, making it an excellent choice for properties in extreme climates. In addition to being weather immune, it is also highly fire-resistant. This serves a dual purpose in reducing the risk of fire damage to a building. 

Because it is common in a commercial environment, its ability to withstand exposure to a wide range of substances makes it an excellent option for commercial and industrial buildings. It is also easy to maintain and can be cleaned with soap and water. 

PVC Roofing is susceptible to shrinkage and, over time, may cause the seams to pull apart and, in turn, cause leaks. It is limited in color options and only available in white or light gray, which may not be suitable for every building style. PVC roofing can become slippery when wet, creating a safety hazard for people needing to walk on the roof for safety and maintenance. It also can be more expensive than some other roofing systems. 

PVC roofing systems make a wise choice for our extreme local climate. Before finalizing a roof system decision, discussing design and function with an experienced commercial flat roofing contractor is crucial. 

Modified Bitumen (Mod Bit)

Modified Bitumen, or Mod-Bit, is a type of roofing made up of asphalt and other modifiers. It is a prevalent choice for flat or low-slope roofs in Colorado. Modified bitumen roofing systems are known for their ability to withstand extreme weather conditions and have a lifespan of up to 25 years with proper installation and maintenance. 

Mod-Bit is relatively easy to install, especially when compared to other flat roofing systems. It is also extremely flexible, with the ability to expand and contract with changing weather. This makes it less likely to crack or develop leaks. Modified bitumen roofing system reflects sunlight making it an excellent choice for energy efficiency and cost savings. 

Mod-Bit roofing is more expensive than traditional asphalt roofing. It has limited color choices which may only work for some styles of architecture. To ensure proper adhesion and sealing, Modified bitumen roofing systems must be installed by a qualified roofing professional. Due to its makeup, Mod-Bit roofing systems can be susceptible to punctures from foot traffic, falling debris, or hail storms. 

Modified Bitumen roofing systems may not be an ideal choice for our local climate given our propensity for severe hail storms. When choosing a roof system for your flat or commercial building, always consult a local flat roof specialist

Silicone And Acrylic Roof Coatings

Silicone and Acrylic roof coatings are two popular coating systems extending existing roofing systems’ lifespan. Both silicone and acrylic are low-VOC and do not release harmful pollutants into the air, thus making them an environmentally friendly choice. Silicone and acrylic coatings create a waterproof barrier over existing roof systems preventing leaks and water damage. 

Silicone roof coatings have a long lifespan of up to 20 years with proper installation and maintenance. Additionally, they are highly resistant to UV rays which helps prevent deterioration and damage over time. Acrylic roof coatings are generally less expensive than silicone roof coatings and require minimal preparation before application. 

Silicone roof coatings are difficult to remove once installed. This type of coating also comes in limited color options, which may not be suitable for some properties. Acrylic roof coatings are not as durable as silicone roof coatings and may need to be reapplied more frequently. They also have a limited lifespan and are more vulnerable to water damage, thus making them less suitable for areas with heavy rainfall or snow. 

Consult your local roof coating expert to learn more about these systems and see if they are a good fit for your commercial property. 

Metal Roofing Systems

Metal roofing is a popular steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc material. They are highly durable. A metal roof can have a lifespan of 50 years or more with proper maintenance. They easily withstand harsh weather conditions, such as high winds, heavy rain, and snow. 

Sunlight can be reflected by metal roofing systems which can lower cooling costs during the summer and heating costs in the winter. Metal roofs are one of the lowest maintenance roofing systems. It is resistant to mold, mildew, and pests. No painting or sealing maintenance is required. Metal roofing systems are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. This makes it a versatile option for many architectural types. 

Metal roofing systems are typically one of the more expensive systems. Some homeowners find the noise created during a rainstorm or hailstorm bothersome. The materials used in a metal roofing system are susceptible to dents and scratches. This can be problematic if your property has frequent foot traffic on the roof or if you live in an area prone to hail storms. While the impact marks are often cosmetic, they can make the roof’s aesthetics less desirable. Due to temperature changes, the contraction in the metal can create warping or bending over time. 

A qualified metal roofing contractor should be consulted in the design of a metal roof system. They will equip you with the knowledge to make the correct choices for your property’s needs. 

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Which commercial roof system is right for Me?

As a business owner, it’s essential to maintain your commercial building to ensure the safety and comfort of your employees and customers. Your roof is critical in protecting your building and its contents from the elements. That’s why we offer commercial roof maintenance services to keep your roof in optimal condition.

Our maintenance services include regular inspections, cleaning, and repairs as needed. We work with you to develop a maintenance plan that fits your specific needs and budget, ensuring your roof remains in excellent condition for years.

If your commercial roof is beyond repair, we offer comprehensive replacement services. Our team will work with you to determine the best course of action, whether a complete replacement or a partial repair. We use only high-quality materials and work efficiently to minimize disruptions to your business operations.

In addition to replacements, we also offer repair services for commercial roofs that have suffered damage from storms, natural wear, tear, or other factors. Our team will assess the damage and provide a cost-effective solution to get your roof back to its best condition.

At our roofing company, we understand the importance of a properly maintained and functional commercial roof. That’s why we are dedicated to providing top-quality services to our clients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you in maintaining and repairing your commercial roofing system.

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