Types of Commercial Roof Construction


Commercial Roofing

             There are four basic types of commercial roof constructions. It is important to consult with one or more professional roofing contractors before deciding anything or signing any contract. These individuals are licensed and experienced in roofing matters. They can guide building owners through the process, solutions, and decisions. All of this is dependent upon the type of building or business and the location of the building. It is also important to consider the existing roofing system, durability, maintenance costs, and how easy the future roof will be to repair.

            Thermoplastic membrane is somewhat similar to the synthetic rubber roofing system but the seams do not create a continuous membrane. These seams are bonded with the use of solvents or heat which makes them as durable as the entire membrane. There are several advantages to a thermoplastic membrane system. It remains flexible throughout its lifespan and is heat resistant as well as naturally resistant to UV rays. TPO roofing materials are resistant to many chemicals and are environmentally friendly partly because the materials are recyclable. It is simple to maintain and lighter colors are heating/cooling efficient. This can save quite a bit of money that may be spent better elsewhere in the business.

            Photovoltaic Panels are considered green due to the fact that they are energy sustainable. It converts the sunlight that it absorbs into energy the building can utilize. This type of roof is usually referred to simply as solar panels. These panels are often positioned for optimal sunlight absorption. There are some advantages to mention with this type of roof. It may initially be more expensive; however, it likely will pay for itself with the savings of energy costs. It is even possible, in some cases, to sell the unused portions of energy to a local utility company.

            Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer or EPDM roofing is believed to be one of the most versatile and durable types of roofing available on the market today. This is single-ply which ranges from 30 to 100 millimeters of thickness. The average is about 40 to 60 millimeters. EPDM is generally thought to be the most common as well as the least expensive type of roofing system used. It is simpler to install, repair, and maintain than most any other type of roofing.

            As people and businesses are opting to go green and become environmentally friendly, green roofing systems are rising in popularity. These are usually flat roofs and are covered with some sort of vegetation. A green roofing system serves as insulation and is thought to last two to three times longer than current conventional roofing systems. Both of these areas will save businesses money thereby increase profits. The plant life that the roof is to have will need care and maintenance. This is important to keep in mind when choosing the type of vegetation. An educational building may opt for plants that provide nutritional food, while other businesses may want to choose low maintenance plants such as moss.

            Whichever type of business and building requires roofing services consult a licensed roofing contractor. They will be able to assist in and guide owners through the many requirements and options. It may seem overwhelming at first, but professional assistance makes the process much easier and hassle free.

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