Installing the correct type of commercial flat roofing on your facility will save you money and protect your building against the elements for years to come. Important factors to consider when choosing a roofing system include local codes and environmental regulations, geographic location, appearance and how much foot traffic the roof will receive.
Not all roof systems are the same. A bank has very different roofing needs than a cold storage facility. A good commercial flat roofing company will provide the best options for your building and your roofing budget.
Single-ply membrane is among the most popular commercial flat roofing solutions for low-slope facilities because it’s durable and cost effective. The two main categories of single-ply are thermoplastic, including TPO and PVC or synthetic rubber, such as EPDM. Each type of membrane offers its own commercial flat roofing benefits. EPDM is often the choice for very large roofs due to its wide widths and affordable cost, while PVC is a top choice for increased fire rating. TPO is a good option for facilities that experience an extreme range of temperature fluctuations.
When professionally applied, and correctly maintained, commercial flat roof coatings can increase the life of an existing roof that’s experiencing modest aging. When you’re not quite ready to replace the roof, applying a roof coating with reflective properties can decrease utility costs at the same time it reduces demand on your HVAC system. Roof coatings offer a measure of sustainability by reducing the amount of construction debris sent to landfills during a re-roofing project.
Garden roofs are not new to the commercial flat roofing world but today’s vegetative roofing options are designed to maximize human enjoyment while providing eco-responsible management. If you’re thinking about incorporating vegetative roofing, it’s important to choose a roofing company with experience in vegetative roof design and application. Vegetative roofs reduce heat island effect, lower utility bills and can extend roof service life.
No roof lasts forever but with today’s durable roofing materials, regular inspections and periodic maintenance, commercial flat roofing systems can last for decades. Proper preventative maintenance is required to keep new roof warranties in effect. Most facility managers aren’t trained to recognize potential roof problems. They are unsure about how to maintain the roof so their best bet is to contract with a commercial flat roofing company that offers a maintenance and repair plan like North American Roofing’s RoofGuard program.
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