Whether you’re a commercial or industrial building owner in need of a new roof, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the different roofing materials out there. From metal to TPO, the options are almost never-ending.
So, when the time comes to replace your commercial roof, how do you choose roofing materials that not only withstand high temperatures and crazy weather conditions but help you save money?
With more than 30 years of industry experience, the roofing experts at T&G Roofing can help you answer that question. Even though we specialize in flat roofs, we’ve been around long enough to understand which roofing materials work, and vice-versa.
What are the Top 6 Roofing Materials for Commercial Buildings?
Built-Up Roofing Membrane
Built-up roofing (BUR) is a roofing material made by alternating layers of tar and gravel. Due to its flexibility, the number of layers can be varied to help control costs or meet specific durability requirements.
Depending on its understructure, BUR can usually hold up well to foot traffic. It’s also UV resistant and is one of the most affordable roofing materials on the market. However, it only has a lifespan of 20 years and can make it challenging to identify the source of leaks as it ages.
As one of the most common roofing materials for commercial roofs, metal is so popular because of its lifespan of 40 to 60 years. There are several different types of metal roofing materials to choose from, including:
- Corrugated galvanized steel
- Aluminum, zinc, tin, and silicon-coated steel
- Tile sheets
- Coated or stainless steel
Metal is more durable than conventional roofing options and has stronger resistance ratings. It also has an attractive, finished look that adds aesthetic appeal to any commercial roof.
That being said, metal is susceptible to corrosion, which is why most modern metal roofs have protective surface layers to prevent damage from exposure, pollution, and other environmental factors.
Modified Bitumen Roofing
With modified bitumen roofing, reinforced roofing materials are applied to act as “carriers” for bitumen, which is then cut and installed in layers. These roofing systems offer enhanced tensile strength and can be perfect for commercial roofs that experience a lot of activity.
The older style of modified bitumen roofing involves heated installation and can be a potential fire hazard, especially for buildings with wooden structures or components on or near their roof. Fortunately, these risks are less common with advances in roofing technology.
Thermoset Roof Membrane
Also known as Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM), thermoset roofing is a roll-based, durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane. Paired with simple installation and easy maintenance, it offers long-lasting durability, versatility, and resistance to sunlight and pollution.
Thermoset roofing isn’t very aesthetically pleasing, so if you care about your roof’s look, you may want to consider another option. EPDM can also be easy to puncture, which means a hailstorm, falling debris, or even the wrong pair of shoes can tear a hole in your roof.
Thermoplastic Roof Membrane
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing materials are lightweight, highly reflective, and puncture-resistant. They can withstand high temperatures and high winds and are popular for restaurants and other businesses that emit oils and fats from their ventilation systems.
Still, TPO quality can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and comes in a wide range of thicknesses.
As one of the most versatile roofing materials available today, green roofs consist of a tough waterproof membrane covered completely by green plants. These roofs improve air quality and present a sustainable option for commercial building owners.
Green roofs also protect from weather elements while managing water and drainage and improving energy efficiency. Unfortunately, these roofs do require ongoing maintenance and monitoring.
Contact T&G Roofing for Your Commercial Roof Needs
Whether your commercial roof needs repairs or an entirely new roof, the flat roof experts at T&G Roofing are here to help. With more than 30 years of industry experience, we offer quick delivery and service. To schedule your free consultation, contact us today!