A secure roof forms the first line of defense against water penetrations, and a tightly sealed roof delivers energy efficiency that can last for decades. But property owners do not necessarily come to the roof materials selection process with in-depth knowledge. That’s why the professionals at Perry Roofing have created a list of options to help you make an informed decision on your next roof.
What Property Owners Need to Know About Commercial Roofing Systems
It’s important to understand that commercial and residential roofing materials and systems are dissimilar in many ways. Although residential and commercial roofs serve the same purpose, the building materials, structural elements, and maintenance are worlds apart. If you are considering a new commercial roof or upgrading an existing one, these are three options to consider.
Modified Bitumen Roofs
These highly reliable and durable roofs rank among the easiest to repair after severe weather events. They are ideally suited for flat roofs or those with only a modest slope. Modified bitumen roofs are usually constructed as a two to three-layer process. The first involves a base sheet, followed by optional inner-plies and a cap sheet. The cap sheet materials may adhere by being torched on, cold adhered, or a self-adhering product may be employed. In some cases, hot asphalt can be laid over the base sheet.
Modified bitumen roofs deliver commercial property owners with benefits that typically include storm protection and the ability to handle temperature fluctuations. A well-built and maintained modified bitumen roof can last for more than 20 years.
In recent years, multi-layer roofs are quickly being replaced by single-ply membranes. Among the fastest to install and most cost-effective for commercial building owners, a single-ply roof ranks among the most popular options. The single-ply system typically provides the following benefits.
- Weather Security: Heat-welded seams create a watertight seal that deters water penetrations and the effects of severe weather.
- Energy Efficient: The roofing system’s heat-reflective capabilities generally help reduce HVAC costs.
- Retrofitting: Singe-ply membranes can be installed over existing multi-ply materials in many cases.
Commercial single-play roofs can last for 20-years or more with proper maintenance. These systems can be constructed using materials such as ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), thermoplastic olefin (TPO), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), among others.
Metal roofing materials generally outlast commonly used materials such as asphalt shingles and prove energy efficient. These lightweight materials have garnered increased popularity in recent years due to innovative products and low-cost installations. Although not necessarily ideal for low-sloping roofs, metal remains a fire resistance and durability leader.
The driving reason commercial property owners choose metal roofing systems above others stems from their longevity, low maintenance costs, and durability against severe weather. These roofing products continue to evolve in terms of color options, eco-friendliness, and use metals such as tin, aluminum, zinc, copper, and a variety of steel options.
Contact Perry Roofing Contractors in Northern Florida
At Perry Roofing, we hope this information proves helpful in deciding which roofing system and material serve your interests. For more information or to get a quote, contact our convenient Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, or St. Augustine office today.