Preparing For A Commercial Roof Repair Project: Determining Material Choices

When it comes time for a commercial roof installation job, the first and more important question that needs to be addressed is what material will be used. The choice of material for a roof installation will be a major factor in how much the project costs. The choice of material will also dictate how long of a project it will be.

There are some roofing materials that can be easily installed. These roofing options are great for people who are on a time crunch to get the project done. Other materials take longer to install but result in greater savings in energy or a longer-lasting roof.

We will examine some of the main types of roofing materials below.

Metal Commercial Roofing

Metal roofing is easily installed. Unlike tile or shingle roof materials, metal roofing is installed in large plates. The roofers can install large sections of roofing extremely fast. The other benefit to using metal roofing is that they are extremely durable.

Metal roofs can last much longer than regular tile roofing or poured concrete roofs. They also require far less maintenance than roofing materials that are made of wood, recycled green roofs, or synthetics.

The downside to metal roofs is that they are expensive and can be noisy. If you are considering a metal roof, then you should also consult with the commercial roof installation experts about having the roof insulated to protect against sound.

Rubber Roofing: EPDM Synthetic for Commercial Roofs

Anyone who is on a budget and has a building that does not have a steeply pitched roof should consider rubber roofing. The material is synthetic that can easily be applied to a roof and is simple to repair.

The materials are applied in large rubber sheets that are attached to the roofing baseboard with an adhesive. The main upside, besides cost and ease of application, is that they are waterproof. This makes them perfect for environments that receive a lot of rain.

The one downside is that they are best for non-sloped roofs. Because rubber roofs do not have the textured grip of a classic roofing tile, snow will slide right off a rubber roof when it melts. In classic roofing designs, such as wood and tile, the snow melts slowly on roofs when the heat is on in the house.

With a rubber roof, large sheets of snow can slide off the roof. If you have a flat roof or live in an area where snow is not an issue, then installing a rubber roof might be a good option. 

For more info, contact a local commercial roofing company.