Commercial Roofers Specializing in Flat Roofs & Low-Slope Roofing Systems
Roofing materials for businesses and industrial properties can come in different styles, shapes, and designs. The right choice for your building will vary depending on your needs, the weather conditions of your area, the level of maintenance you desire, and how long you want your roof to last.
Popular commercial roofing systems include:
- Built-Up Roofing (BUR): BUR is the standard tar and gravel roofing system with several layers to ensure durability. This low-slow roof type is ideal for someone looking for a durable yet cost-effective option.
- Thermoset/Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM) Roofing: Thermoset roofing is a versatile, easy-to-maintain, and long-lasting roofing system that’s constructed from single-ply rubber. It has reflective properties to help with cooling and is generally resistant to many acids, alcohols, and other solvents.
- Thermoplastic (TPO) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Roofing: These roofing systems consist of lightweight roofing membranes that are highly reflective and resistant to punctures, chemicals, UV rays, and bacterial growth. These roofing types are commonly used in hotels, restaurants, and similar businesses.
Other commercial roofing types include metal roofing, green roof systems (also known as “living roofs” and “roof gardens”), and spray polyurethane foam (SPF). The latter isn’t prevalent, but it is waterproof, energy-efficient, and can last up to 50 years when installed correctly.
Call All Phase Roofing Services at (727) 263-4576 or send us a message. We have over 35 years of experience in the industry and can help you choose the best commercial roofing system for your New Port Richey property.
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Before deciding to install roofing on your commercial building, it’s best to consult a roofing professional. When you call All Phase Roofing Services, we will give you the chance to explore all your options and compare and contrast them before settling on a roofing type that best suits your needs.
As far as the shape and structure of the roof itself, many commercial properties employ a low-slope roofing system, commonly referred to as a flat roof (although, no roof should be completely flat). Flat roof systems have a variety of advantages over their higher-sloped counterparts, making them great for a number of applications. Most designers prefer to use flat roofs in warmer climates or arid areas. In these areas, concrete is sometimes used to design the roof as it does an excellent job of keeping out the high heat from the sun. Other flat roofs can be coated with a waterproof membrane to prevent leakage and ensure long-lasting performance.
One of the advantages of using flat roofs is the lower relative cost of installation. Similarly, they require fewer materials, and, when installed properly, they are often stronger than pitched roofs. In structures with limited spaces, flat roofs can be modified to create extra living or storage spaces.
If you are considering a flat roof for your next building project, you should keep the following points in mind:
- Flat roofs require proper maintenance and assessment, including inspecting them after major storms and removing any ponding water within 48 hours.
- The lifespan of a flat roof ranges from 12 to 27 years, depending on the materials used.
- There are limited materials for flat roofs, including the ones listed above.
- The larger the surface area of the flat roof, the lesser its stability. Proper assessment of the building is critical before installation.
Over the years, flat roofs have been considered the ideal type used to achieve specific environmental objectives, such as planting green vegetation on them in green roof systems. Green roof systems are common in learning institutions, government buildings, museums, and even in some commercial residences.