Commercial roofs are available in a variety of materials with specifications ideal for every type of application and budget. The selection you make for your commercial property will influence the longevity or the roof and the health of the overall building. External factors that should be considered include the environment, weather, and foliage, which all affect the integrity of the roof over time.
At Cornerstone Construction, we want to provide you with an overview of the types of commercials roofs available and the materials used to create them, so you can make an educated decision. We’re happy to help you pick the perfect material for your commercial roof that fits your needs and your budget.
Some of the most common roofing types include the following:
The most popular type of commercial roof is metal roofing. It can endure for decades when installed properly and is available in a wide variety of materials including:
- Corrugated galvanized steel
- Aggregates of zinc, aluminum, and silicon-coated steel
- Metal tile sheets
- Stainless steel
- Stone-coated steel
Metal roofs have strong fire resistance ratings and are both stronger and more durable compared to traditional commercial roofing options. While metal roofing also has the advantage of having an attractive finished look, budget and durability should be a consideration due to the relatively high cost.
Built-Up Roofing Membrane
Built-Up Roofing Membrane, commonly known as BUR, is composed of alternating layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics that create a finished membrane. This material is basically a tar-and-gravel roof which has been used in the U.S. for over 100 years. The number of layers that it’s built with can be adjusted to control costs and meet durability requirements. Additionally, a BUR system inherently incorporates insulation properties in the design because of the multiple layers, which can boost the energy efficiency of the overall roofing system. BUR is one of the most cost-effective and rugged roofing types available for low slope roofs.
Modified Bitumen Roofing
Modified bitumen roofing is one of the most popular commercial roofing systems on the market. This asphalt product is a great choice due to its tear-resistance, energy efficiency, flexibility, and low maintenance characteristics. These systems are usually fastened to commercial rooftops as two-ply systems and adhered to the roofing deck for the best stability and protection.
Modified bitumen roofs are stronger than other flat roof types, so if you expect a lot of foot traffic on your roof, modified bitumen may be the best choice for you.
Thermoset Roof Membrane (EPDM)
Thermoset roof membrane, known as EPDM, offers long-lasting durability and versatility. It is more simple to install and easier to maintain and repair than many other commercial roof types. Constructed from a single-ply rubber material, EPDM has a strong resistance to ultraviolet light and ozone. Other benefits include greater flexibility in colder temperatures, resistance to certain kinds of solvents and its reflective properties help keep cooling costs down.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC)
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing systems are lightweight, highly reflective and provide excellent weathering and resistance to UV light, punctures and tears and chemicals and bacterial growth. These characteristics make thermoplastic roof membrane systems a popular choice for restaurants and other businesses that emit oils or fats from their ventilation systems. Other benefits range from a high-temperature tolerance to high resistance to fire and high winds.
Count on Cornerstone Construction
As you can see, there are a lot of considerations to make when choosing the right roof for your commercial property. Ultimately, the best choice will be one that functions well in your climate, is aesthetically pleasing, and meets your budget.
When choosing a commercial roofing contractor, make sure you hire a company that is:
- Familiar with a wide range of materials
- Properly licensed by their state to perform roofing
- Adequately insured so you can relax knowing that you’re covered
- Known for having a great reputation for providing quality roofing services in your community
- Up to date with the latest technology and practices, ensuring the highest quality installation
At Cornerstone Construction, we’re all of these things and more. To get a sense of what’s best in your area and for your commercial property, talk with a licensed roofing contractor from Cornerstone Construction. We are confident in our ability to provide you with a great option that fits in with your personal style and budget.