Roofing issues routinely create significant issues for commercial and industrial building owners. While there are several roofing options available for commercial and industrial structures, not all offer the same benefits. When it’s time to install a roof on a new structure or replace an existing roof, discuss the options available with the contractor before making any decisions, as each type of roofing product has significant pros and cons. Even before talking to a contractor, it’s a good idea to understand some roofing basics.
What is the most common type of roofing used for commercial and industrial buildings?
Since the majority of commercial and industrial buildings are either flat or have a minimal pitch, the traditional material used for generations included several layers of waterproof materials, typically tar paper with hot tar applied between the layers. The roof was then topped with a layer of tar and gravel. This type of roofing frequently suffers from leaks and requires regular recoating to remain watertight, but is still popular with many building owners.
If there are issues with built-up roofs, why do they remain popular?
There is one very specific reason building owners continue to use the system – it’s cheap to install. However, the installation costs only reflect a portion of the overall expense of a roof. In this case, the frequent maintenance required and the propensity for leaks makes built-up roofing a poor choice. Savvy building owners understand the risks involved with the system and are now choosing alternatives to better protect their investments.
What other roofing options are available?
For commercial roofing, as well as industrial roofing, other options include single layer systems that are far superior to the old built-up tar and gravel systems. However, even those systems present some issues. Modified bitumen, for example, may require heating with a torch to seal seams. While newer versions eliminate the need for torching, the surface can easily be damaged by foot traffic.
PVC roofing is both reflective and durable. It can even stand up to water standing in low spots. EPDM roofing is also durable but shares a common issue with PVC roofing products – they both have seams that can potentially fail. That means routine maintenance is needed to ensure the seams remain intact. Another option is a silicone roof coating system. However, that system is quite expensive. So, are there other, more sustainable options?
Metal roofing products are, arguably, better options for most commercial and industrial buildings.
Although no roofing system is perfect, metal roofing is a top choice of many contractors. A commercial roofing contractor in Oklahoma City will quickly outline the advantages of metal roofing systems to building owners. Some advantages include:
- Work can continue while most metal roofing systems are being installed.
- The building is not subject to water damage while a new metal roof is being installed.
- Building interiors are instantly cooler, as heat is reflected rather than absorbed by the roof’s surface.
Of course, since each building is unique, specific advantages will be different for each application. Discuss your building’s specific needs with the contractor for more information. However, after reviewing all the options available, many building owners are deciding metal roofing is the best choice for their buildings.
Residential roofing services are also available for Oklahoma City homeowners. Whether it’s a simple repair or complete roof replacement, residential clients will receive the same quality service as commercial and industrial clients enjoy. For a free estimate, contact the professionals today.