A roof is perhaps the most important structural aspect of a commercial building because of its protective properties and durability. However, it’s also pretty much invisible to the vast majority of tenants and customers, and as a result most people are largely ignorant of the various types of modern commercial roofing systems. Under normal circumstances, a commercial roof should be inspected at least once or twice a year, but more inspection could be required depending on the materials being used.
If you’re involved with the planning, designing, or maintenance of your company’s physical structure, you should be aware of the various commercial roofing systems you have available to you.
Understanding the importance of durable metal roofs, the various types of flat roofs, and the roofing systems available in 2018 should be high on your structural priority list. Here are some of the best commercial roofing systems options to consider:
Built-Up Roofing System
This type of roofing system relies on layers of asphalt used for strengthening low-slope roofing. In areas that are frequently hit with severe whether conditions, this roofing system is great for protecting a commercial building because of its durability. The asphalt shingles can be placed both single and triple ply and can provide excellent roof protection. These shingles are similar to the asphalt shingles found on most American homes, but are less common in commercial applications.
Modified Bitumen Roofing System
This is composed of asphalt and additional chemicals designed for a plastic or rubber-like material. These roofing membranes originated in Europe during the 1960s and have grown increasingly popular in the United States since the 1970s. Modified bitumen roofing systems are popular choices for flat roofs, and these membranes can be combined with other types of commercial roofing materials.
Elvaloy KEE Roofing System
Elvaloy Ketone Ethylene Ester Terpolymer, a popular flat roofing resin designed by chemical giant DuPont, is used as a constituent for roofing compounds. Though Elvaloy KEE materials are lightweight, they are still quite strong because of the thermal characteristics. This type of material can work great for weather, chemical, and water protection. They are also ideal for older buildings or those with uneven or irregular roof shapes. That’s because Elvaloy KEE Roofing can be easily applied over both irregular roof shapes and existing roofing systems.
Single-ply thermoplastic polyolefin roofing utilizes a roof membrane as well. The membranes are very strong and they combine weldable seams with EPDM rubber, which is quite strong. Additionally, another benefit to these systems is the easy installation. One of the most popular and well known flat roofing options, Single-ply TPO is often the go-to choice among commercial roofing contractors.
Single Ply PVC
Single-ply polyvinyl chloride is another roofings system that works great for weather protection for commercial structures. A PVC roof provides a watertight seal across the top of a building in addition to using multiple heat-weldable seams. Keep in mind, however, that PVC can shift if it was installed directly on-top of the asphalt beneath.
If you want to learn more about commercial roofing systems or are in need of immediate roof repair, contact CL Burks today. Our Atlanta commercial roofing contractors are trained to install and repair all of the roofing materials described above.