16 March 2011
What is a commercial roof? To be considered a commercial roof it doesn't necessarily mean that it is a roof used on a commercial building. The size and type of the roof truly defines if a roof is considered a commercial roof or not. In most cases with commercial roofs, large air conditioning and mechanical units are on top and around the roof. Numerous factors determine the type of commercial roof application to be used. The square footage of the facility and whether it is climate controlled is a determining factor of the type & style of roof that should be used.
There are many types of commercial roofs available today. Built-up roofing (BUR) systems are one of the oldest and most durable systems available. Providing extra protection, this multiple layered roof performs well in extreme weather conditions. Resistant to wind, hail, and heavy rain, they are an ideal roofing solution for Florida weather. The ability for many commercial roofs to be coated with paint or other reflective materials, will greatly reduce the damages caused by UV radiation and significantly reduce heating and cooling cost.
Over the past few years, new roofing innovations have gained popularity. Acting as an insulation system as well as protector, Lightweight Concrete (LWIC) provides consistency in strength and density. When properly installed LWIC can achieve a proper slope without the need of a tapered roof insulation's system. Providing a thermal R-value of R-30, LWIC roofs are reducing energy costs and are an integral part of the building's structure.
With the many options available for commercial roofs today, it is imperative to determine your specific needs. These determining factors will dictate specifically the cost of your potential roof project. Therefore, it is important to choose a roofing contractor with experience, is familiar with the latest code changes, actively participates in the industry and constructs commercial roofs on a regular basis. A quality commercial roofer has the necessary manpower and equipment required for a commercial roofing job, and odes not outsource any of the work.
Commercial Roof Options
Modified Bitumen, Single-Ply roof systems, Metal roof systems, Tapered roof insulation, Architectural Sheet Metal and even Vegetative ("Green") Roofs are just a few of the roofing options available today. Torch down rubberized roofing is fast replacing conventional layered hot roofing. These new applications give you more choices in roofing materials when having a commercial building re roofed.
Commercial roofing is a forever changing industry. New technological advancements in materials and installation procedures provide a wide range of options for anyone seeking to have their commercial roof redone. Assure you have a good understanding of which application best suits your specific needs. The choice of materials and the use of highly trained craftsmen will determine the longevity and durability of your new roof.
Edwards Roofing would be delighted to provide you with a free estimate. Give us a call or send us an email. We would be delighted to hear from you.