Thanks to the advancement of technology, business owners now have a lot of choices available for roofing materials. Each material has a different variety of benefits, lifespan, and look. Choosing which material is right for your commercial building can be a bit tricky. However, there are some basic factors to keep in mind when choosing. Here are the primary considerations:
Material thickness plays a key role in the function and lifespan of your roof. Now there is no universal standard for roof thickness, it varies among materials. You will need a thicker material if you are in a hail prone area, while a thinner material can be used in areas with less UV exposure. Which thickness you choose depends entirely on the environmental factors that impact your building.
Color has a major impact on your building. Colors that are darker, absorb the heat, which could penetrate into your building and increase the interior temperature. While lighter colors reflect the heat, ensuring it doesn’t enter your building. However, a darker material will help evaporate pooling water faster. Like the thickness, which color you choose for your roof depends on the environmental factors impacting your building.
Specific gravity is a term for the weight of the material. Specific gravity can vary among the same material depending on the thickness. Materials with a high specific gravity require specific framing of the building. However, they will be more effective at reducing the likelihood of issues like pooling water and leaks. To calculate the specific gravity of the material, you should work with your roofing contractor. They will be able to ensure that you get the right weight for your building.
Most roofing materials are made of high quality engineered components designed to withstand the elements. However, the durability of these materials varies against different factors. Some roofing materials stand up better to the hot sun, while some do better with heavy rains. Working with a roofing expert, you can take into consideration all the environmental factors and select the material that will be most durable for your building’s unique location.
When you consider the cost of roofing material, you want to make sure that you are factoring in all costs. Oftentimes materials with a higher upfront cost less for maintenance and repairs. While on the other hand, materials with a lower upfront cost, may cost more over time in maintenance, repairs, and utility bills. So when calculating the cost of your roof material, make sure to speak with your roofing contractor about the total costs over the lifespan of the material.
Choosing the right roofing material requires a lot of considerations. Reviewing these five with the experts at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services will ensure that you get the right material for your needs. We’ll review your options and professionally install whatever you decide. Give us a call to get started!