Different types of commercial buildings will have different kinds of roofing systems based upon the needs of the building and the budget of the operation. Other variables can come into play to help determine what type of commercial roof to install such as seasonal weather, foliage, and the environment surrounding the buildings. There are a few common types of commercial roofing to consider when installing a flat or low slope commercial roofing system.
Metal roofing can be installed with a variety of different types of metal such as galvanized steel, copper, aluminum, tin, stainless steel, etc. Metal roofing is appealing to the eye, affordable, and durable. Because metal is susceptible to rusting, a protective layer is added to decrease the risk of potential damage. Metal roofing can be an advantageous choice in that it is fire-resistant, strong, and sustainable.
Thermoplastic Roof Membrane
Thermoplastic Polyolefin, otherwise known as TPO, is an easy-to-install, affordable commercial roofing option. These types of roofing systems are lightweight, reflective, wind- and fire-resistant, tolerant of high temperature, and able to withstand all types of conditions such as extreme weather, exposure to UV light, oils or animal fats. With strong seams, this type of roofing system is also a great option for a second-generation roofing installation. This type of material is a logical choice for commercial buildings that house restaurants or other businesses that emit oils or fats from the ventilation system.
Other Flat Roofing Options
Some other common types of commercial roofing options include a built-up roofing membrane, or BUR, as well as modified bitumen roofing. These two types of roofing systems are similar in that they are cut and installed in layers. For bitumen roofing, fabric is cut and installed to hold bitumen which is applied later. BUR roofs are basically tar and gravel roofs applied in layers. This is one of the most cost-effective, standard types of roofing installed today.