Perhaps you already know, that unlike residential roofs, some commercial roofing systems are typically made up different materials. For example single-ply (TPO, PVC, EPDM), concrete, modified bitumen, built-up roofing system, tar and gravel, to name a few cover the tops of many buildings here in Central Florida.
The Five Types of Commercial Flat Roofing
If you’ve never researched replacing a flat roof before, you may be surprised to learn that commercial flat roofing has existed for hundreds of years. Commercial flat roofs require a bit of specialized expertise, so for some owners it can be difficult to understand what you’re getting into. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our commercial team for advice. The following are a few types of the roofs we commonly encounter.
- Built-Up Roof (BUR) systems are the oldest type of commercial roofing. They get their name from the “build-up,” or layers of material, that make this roofing system work. In the past, BUR roofs were made of gravel and tar, but these days they’re usually made of layers of asphalt and fiberglass. BUR systems are inexpensive, but since asphalt can be somewhat easily damaged, it may not be appropriate for every environment.
- PVC roofing is composed of large sheets of waterproof membrane affixed directly to the top of the roof. This is a cost-friendly and ecologically conscious option, as this is one of the few commercial flat roofing systems that are completely recyclable at the end of their lifespan.
- Thermoplastic olefin (TPO) roofing is similar in composition to PVC roofing. However, this material offers many additional benefits, such as being UV-resistant and heat-resistant in a way that PVC roofing is not.
- Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofing is also known as “rubber roofing.” It offers many of the same benefits as PVC or TPO. The main difference is that, unlike the other materials listed here, rubber roofing comes in various colors and styles.
- Modified Bitumen roofing is similar to rubber roofing, but it is made with chemically modified asphalt instead of rubber. It’s a highly durable roofing material but requires regular maintenance.
Many of the buildings here in Hernando County are topped off with one of these types of flat roofs. A quick sales walkthrough of your project will help determine which one would be best for your business and budget.
Metal roofs are a popular commercial roof type. They are available in different materials, including metal tile sheets, corrugated galvanized steel, stainless steel, stone-coated steel, silicon-coated steel, copper, aggregates of aluminum, zinc, tin, and more. The durability of these roofs are what make them very popular, in fact, we just covered our own office building with a metal roof!
Metal commercial roofing systems are durable and come with high fire-resistant ratings. They often have protective layers to prevent rusting and damage from exposure to sunlight and other environmental factors. Also, they are an attractive option and help create a more sustainable design for your property.
In addition to offering excellent durability and longevity, they are highly customizable, with options ranging from different colors and finishes to various metal types. We are finding that more and more businesses (and homeowners too!) are replacing their shingle roof with a metal roof. One major reason for this is because most Florida insurers require a shingle roof to be replaced after 15 years, this is not the case for a metal roof, making the investment last even longer!
Shingle Roof Installation
Shingles are a cost-effective way to protect sloping roofs and the structure beneath from the effects of heavy rain while providing an attractive covering for the structure. Installing an impermeable roofing layer of shingles is an efficient way to avoid leaks and structural water damage. Proper shingle installation will provide you with 20 to 30 years of unwavering protection. But don’t be shocked when your home insurance company requires you to replace this roof after 15 years.
Many business owners opt for a commercial shingle roof for these reasons:
- Low cost: Compared to other commercial roofing systems such as slate or metal, shingles are typically the best way to get a long service life at an affordable cost.
- Durability: Shingle systems offer excellent resistance to external elements, including high winds and heavy rain. They are also moisture and fire-resistant.
- Variety: Commercial shingles are available in numerous materials, colors and styles. You’ll receive expert assistance from our team as you search for the best shingle roofing option for your commercial building.
- Ease of installation: Shingle roofing installation often has a quicker turnaround time than other roofing systems, so you can get back to business as usual faster.
Protech Commercial Roofing Installation Services
We have generations of experience in the commercial roofing industry and have successfully completed numerous projects of varying scales and complexities. Which means we have seen it all!
They key to choosing Protech is our skilled technicians! We are proud of our employee labor force, and in turn, they take great pride in their work which leads to stellar results and a great safety record. Our staff insists on using only the highest quality roofing materials and products to ensure long-lasting and durable results that they, and you, can rely on.
When you choose Protech for your commercial roofing needs, you’re choosing a strong partner who understands the importance of a reliable roof to your business. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and estimate.