While the roof over your house and the one over your business look similar and have the same function, which is to keep your property safe from the elements, that is the only thing they have in common. Commercial roofs are larger, so they tend to have a flat or slightly sloped roof. Taking the slope into consideration, commercial roofers must also take into consideration the structure and use of the building, and climatic conditions such as heat, hail, snow or extreme cold. Because there are so many variables it is important that roofing contractors keep updated on the newest advances in roofing materials that are heat or old resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Commercial Roofing Systems Available Today
There are many different materials used for roofing systems, and while it is good to know the different options, it is always best to consult with a commercial roofing specialist to determine what will work best for your commercial business and budget.
TPO is commonly used in North American on low slope roofs and includes a reinforced roof sheet that features a heat-welded seam. They are also highly reflective. It is a single ply membrane of polypropylene and rubber that has been polymerized together. It is also available in white, tan and grey.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC):
PVC roofing is two layers of PVC with polyester reinforcement in between the layers. Benefits of PVC are that it is durable, long lasting and fire resistant. It can also be welded to an adjoining sheet to make it watertight. Best of all PVC roofing material is recyclable.
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)
EPDM roofing material is known for being tough and elastic. It is well known to resist ultraviolet light and the damage from the sun. Used in low sloping roofs around the world it is a type of synthetic rubber. Best of all it combines strength, light resistance and low cost.
Over the last 20 years there has been a resurgence of metal roofing. It is one material that can be used for low slope and steep slope roofs. Metal Roofs are aesthetically pleasing, available in many colors, are more durable and have a long lifespan.
A very eco-friendly option, sadly, it is not suitable for every space. But if your business is suitable, they can help reduce your energy costs. With natural insulation, they absorb stormwater, improve the air quality and reduce the Urban Heat Effect. Best of all, if you have roof access you can provide an enjoyable space for people as well.
When it comes to replacing, repairing or just maintaining the roof on your commercial property the technicians at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services are committed to providing you with the highest quality roofing services. With over 45 years of commercial roofing experience in design, repair, replacement and maintaining all types of commercial roofing systems, we are prepared to take on any roofing project at affordable prices. Call us today and see how we can update, replace or install a new roof for you.