While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of the ways that people live and work in the United States today, life goes on. This is especially true for many businesses where no work means no profit or survivability. For those businesses that are location-based and can’t fully transfer over to a work from home system, the buildings housing those businesses are important.
In some cases, part of the responsibilities for maintaining a commercial space are repairing or even resurfacing a roof. This is something that roofing companies are always in a position to help with, but what kind of surface should you choose? Whether it’s a brand new roof or a major overhaul of an existing building, there are a few popular choices.
The Built-Up Roofing Membrane
Though it has a complicated-sounding name, this is actually “the old stand by.” The BUR membrane is the way roofs have been constructed for decades, with different layers laid out one on top of the other to “build up” to a final membrane. A BUR membrane is made up of alternating layers of bitumen—which some people refer to as “tar and gravel”—and reinforced fabric. Because the BUR system is over a century old, it is one of the most cost-effective solutions for people thinking about finances.
While not quite as old as BUR membranes, the metal roof is a familiar sight for many commercial properties, and with good reason. Metal is one of the most durable materials we know and can last for decades when properly treated. It is far more resistant to impact damage than BUR roofs and lasts longer as well. However, metal roofs are vulnerable to rust, and so they must be treated for this to ensure years of service.
It’s the 21st century, so it should come as no surprise that plastic is a viable and popular choice for a roof surface. Plastic comes in a few different varieties from thermoplastic membranes to polyvinyl chloride—or PVC—materials similar to the types now used for plumbing pipes.
As you might expect, plastic roofing choices bring a variety of functional benefits. They are light, sturdy, resistant to ultraviolet radiation, immune to invasion from organisms like moss or algae, but also more flexible and resilient than metal.
A new, very trendy choice. A green roof is when property owners allow plant life to grow on the roof. This creates a natural, environmentally friendly layer that soaks up water for the plant life itself and helps to keep the heat down. This requires a bit more work to carry off in the beginning, but in the long term is a surprisingly robust choice that is good for the environment and creates a striking look for a building.
If you’re interested in getting a new surface for your roof, we can help. Contact Gulf Tex Roofing & Services, and we can look at your current building or upcoming commercial project and help you get the roof that will meet your business and financial needs.