If you own a commercial building, you understand that the roof experiences far more than the usual wear and tear of residential buildings. There’s far more materials that can break down roofing materials faster than the normal severe weather and climate that plagues other roofs. Industrial commercial roofing has a variety of other specific needs that differ from residential properties and extra safety precautions to keep dust, dirt, and leaks from causing issues.

Most commercial industrial roofing features a flat or low slope roof design with five different types of roofing materials used for these designs. There are a variety of different benefits to each material, and the one that’s best for your building depends on a few different factors.

Built-Up Roofing

Built-up roofs (BUR) are a type of commercial industrial roofing named after the application method used to create them. This is an excellent option for large flat roofs and is one of the oldest roofing options. It’s even more effective and efficient now than it was when it was created in the early 1800s. BUR roofs consist of multiple layers: a base sheet made of fiberglass or asphalt coated material, several layers of felt or fabric, a bitumen layer of asphalt, coal tar or lap cement, and a surfacing component of gravel or asphalt.

Benefits of built-up roofing include:

  • Versatility
  • Thermal Reflectivity
  • Longevity
  • Durability
  • Offers more protection from the weather as well as leaks

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs have been growing in popularity in the last few years after having been standard for barns and sheds for decades. Metal roofs are a great option for cold climates because these roofs allow snow to slide to the ground instead of piling up on the roof. Not to mention, metal roofs don’t require as many industrial roof repairs as other types of commercial roofing types. There are also a variety of different types of metal (copper, aluminum, steel, zinc) to choose from, and even a few different variations of styles, such as tiles, shingles, shakes and panels.

Other benefits of metal roofs include:

  • Fire resistance
  • Durability
  • A life of up to 50 years
  • Environmentally sustainable
  • Versatility

Modified Bitumen

Modified Bitumen (MB) roofs are common on large retail centers and multi-family apartments because it is an economical and flexible roofing system for low-slope and flat roofs. Much like built-up roofing, MB requires industrial roofing contractors to use several layers of materials to create a durable roof protected from the elements, such as: insulation, base sheets, a modified bitumen membrane that is reinforced with polyester, fiberglass, adhesive, a surface coat, and flashing to provide protections around perforations in the roof for vents, and heating and cooling units. These roofs can last for over 20 years on average and near the end, coatings can be applied to extend its lifespan even longer.

Some benefits of modified bitumen roofing are:

  • High fire and water resistance
  • Durability
  • Affordability
  • Low maintenance

Spray Polyurethane Foam

Foam roofing is a combination of isocyanate and polyol that are fed through a spray gun and onto the roof surface. The spray gun heats the materials as it pumps it out and when industrial roofing services apply it, the tiny air bubbles are trapped in the foam, which creates an effective insulation for the building that is around 30% greater at saving energy compared to other roof systems.

Other benefits include:

  • Easy application
  • Low labor costs
  • High durability
  • Light weight
  • Flexibility
  • Environmentally sustainable

Thermoplastic Polyolefin Single Ply Roofing

Single ply roofing (also called PVC or TPO) is composed of four basic elements: a layer of insulation, a single ply membrane made of plastic or rubber, flashing, an adhesive to push the layers together to make one thick layer.  It has a life expectancy of up to 40 years if the industrial roofing company who installs it does so accurately.

Some benefits for TPO roofs include:

  • High energy savings
  • Lightweight and flexible
  • An inexpensive installation
  • Flame retardant to eliminate the danger of fire and smoke

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