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There are a number of different kinds of roofing systems that are available to choose from for a Commercial Roofing System. The following are some of the major choices that are available to business owners:
Commercial Built-Up Roofing – BUR, or Built-up roofing, is one of the most widely used and well-known systems and is mainly used with either flat roofs on ones with minimal slopes. They are frequently called a tar and gravel roof and are made out of several different felt layers that get laminated together using bitumen. Then a glaze coating or top finish of aggregate, asphalt or non-fibered and fibered material that gets applied for the purpose of protecting the finished product against the elements.
BUR systems may be simple systems that are in need of more extensive maintenance up to high-end systems that can qualify for the best manufacturer’s warranties. It has been able to gain a very good reputation over time with manufacturers, architects, engineers, and property owners.
Commercial Tile Roofing – Out here in the Southwest, the heavy Spanish influence on architecture has resulted in tile roofing being commonly used on office buildings. They are typically made out of concrete or clay and are available in a wide range of colors and coatings that provide architects and owners with many choices for completing a sophisticated design but have a roof that is also thoroughly protected.
Their life expectancy is one of the best things about a tile roof. When they are properly inspected and maintained, they can last as long as 50 years. And due to its fire resistance and durability, owners can save money on their property insurance so it can also be a great way to achieve a good ROI on a commercial property.
It can also reduce cooling costs, by up to 50% during the hot months of summer, through increasing the building and roof’s ventilation and reflecting the rays of the sun. Also, they are known as being the greenest type of commercial roofing system for environmentally conscious owners, due to the fact that the materials they are made out of are derived from a higher percentage of natural resources. These roofs do not contain any chemicals like foam and bitumen roofs and when they are removed can be recycled.
Commercial Modified Bitumen Roofing – This type of roofing is similar to BUR. It is asphalt-based and is used on flat roofs or roofs with a minimal slope. One advantage it has over a built-up roof is extra elasticity due to the fact that rubber infused polymers are used with the asphalt, which increases resistance to extreme cold and hot temperatures. Modified Bitumen has some unique options, which include a “cool roof” system that is used in environments with high temperatures that is very refractive and can reduce energy bills significantly. They have a tendency to have whitened granules infused it them and also are available in a range of designer colors for complementing a building’s design and asphalt shingles. That gives architects and owners a higher number of choices for designs compared to BURs.
It can be applied using a cold application process and secured with special glues, hot mopped the way BUR is, or by torch application. There is a new process that utilizes an underside mixture that uses a release paper as it material that is rolled out and sticks to a substrate. Using the new method is a lot less toxic and hazardous since it eliminates the chemicals, asphalt, and torches that other methods use.
Commercial Composition Roofing – Commercial buildings still commonly use composition shingle and offer many of the same features that other types of roofing systems do and they are really cost effective. There are numerous colors, styles, and designs to choose from, including being able to emulate the appearance of wood shakes or slate. Depending on the grade and type that is selected, a commercial composition shingle roof will have a 20 to 30-year lifespan.
A waterproofing layer may also be placed under the shingles, which reinforces water protection in those areas that might be prone to leakage.
Commercial Metal Roofing – One major reason why property owners choose a metal roof is due to its long lifespan. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t have any maintenance requirements. Over time, metal roofs can end up just as vulnerable as other kinds of roofing systems to the elements.
When a routine maintenance program is set up, particularly when a roofing system is close to the entire of its expected lifespan, it can help you to identify solutions, like specialized coatings that can help to extend the roof’s useful life. If regularly scheduled inspections are not performed by a commercial roofing professional, the roof might deteriorate past the point where those options can be used.
Unless a scheduled maintenance program is followed, a metal roof will end up developing leaks. Once the coating on the roof has deteriorated, metal can rust fairly quickly. You often will not see the deterioration until after it is too late, and the roof is leaking and you have a larger and more expensive problem on your hands.
Also, regularly scheduled inspections will enable you to monitor your roofing system’s overall condition and provide you with an estimate on what its remaining life is. That is valuable information to help you plan and budget your yearly operations in the future.
Here at Tucson Roof Repair Pros, whatever type of roofing system you are planning to install or currently have, we always used the industry’s highest rated systems and materials on your roof in order to ensure that the highest quality standards are always maintained. Call us today to receive your free estimate on all of your commercial office building repair and installation needs.