Posted on: 10 May 2021Share
There are several factors to consider when you need a new roof on a commercial or industrial building. The slope of your roof matters since a flat roof has different needs than a roof with a steep slope. Appearance and cost matter too. Here are some commercial/industrial roofing options to compare.
For Flat Roofs
Single-ply membrane roofing is often a good choice for large buildings with flat or low-sloped roofs. The membranes can often be applied over the top of old roofing, and that can save you a lot of money when you don't have to tear off the old roofing materials. There are a few types of membranes to choose from, and each has its benefits.
For instance, PVC membrane roofing can be heat welded. Because the seams are welded together, the risk of anything leaking through the membrane is reduced. Being able to heat-weld the roofing also makes repairs easier. Another type of membrane that is good for commercial/industrial roofing is TPO. This membrane is resistant to punctures, and it stands up to oils, fats, acids, and chemical emissions from vents on your roof.
The third type of membrane roofing is rubber. This is a popular choice for many building owners. Rubber roofing is durable and stands up to UV exposure. Your commercial roofer can help you choose the right type of rubber roofing depending on your goals of low cost, energy efficiency, appearance, and durability.
For Sloped Roofs
Metal roofing can be used on buildings with steep slopes and low slopes. It's a good choice when the roof is visible on your building since metal comes in different colors and is attractive. Metal is also durable and it lasts for decades, which is why it's often a better choice than shingles.
Metal roofing offers fire protection for your building, and it's also good roofing for areas that get a lot of snow. Metal roofing reflects UV rays so it also helps keep your building a little cooler in the summer. Metal roofs usually don't have widespread problems with rust since the metal is treated to resist rusting. Plus, commercial metal roofs are often coated for extra protection.
If your building is in a commercial area, looks are important. Asphalt shingles could be a good choice when your budget won't work with metal, which costs more. Asphalt shingles only work on sloped roofs, but they go with most types of commercial buildings. Asphalt shingles don't have a long life when compared to other types of roofing, but they are more affordable than metal or tile.