Are all roofing applications fundamentally the same? While it can be easy to think of roofing in this way because it ultimately provides the protection and strength a structure needs, the reality is different. A residential roof is often quite different from one designed to protect a commercial building. The actual shape of the roof is often different. Still, the larger roof space means that businesses have a vested interest in choosing long-lasting and energy-efficient solutions.
What options does a business have when selecting the ideal roofing material for its structure? With new materials and advanced application methods, today, there are many ways to achieve goals of cost-effectiveness and longevity. Let’s explore a few of the most common solutions you can find from a commercial roofing company.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO)
TPO is one of the most popular commercial roofing materials due to its widespread availability, relatively fast installation time, and good chemical properties. A single-ply sheeting that roofers can either bond or fasten to the roof surface, this durable plastic material reflects UV radiation and resists heat to insulate your building better. However, poor quality TPO can rip and tear, requiring repairs to prevent water intrusions into the building below. TPO typically lasts about 15 years.
Like TPO, EPDM or “ethylene propylene diene terpolymer” is another type of plastic roof sheeting that aids in cost-effectively insulating the building below. However, EPDM lasts much longer than TPO, with the potential for many decades in service. The downside is that, like TPO, EDPM is easy to damage by accident, especially for buildings that require regular roof access. Punctures and tears to EPDM sheeting can allow water to collect on the roof slab itself.
A metal roof is a popular option, especially for non-flat roofs, and for good reason. Metal roofing solutions offer both incredible strength and efficiency while at the same time having the potential to last for many decades at a lower price. Additionally, metal roofing is easy to customize in terms of color and appearance, letting companies better define the visual profile of their public-facing spaces. For a cost-effective and trustworthy long-term roofing investment, metal is still one of the best options a company can choose.
Another excellent flat roof or low-slope solution is spray-on polyurethane foam. As soon as the foam hits the roof surface, it instantly begins to expand and bind to the surface. When carefully applied to avoid overspray, this material can be highly cost-effective and often lasts between 20 and 30 years with periodic maintenance before the foam loses its effectiveness. Beware that good weather is a necessity for SPF installation—a rainy day will mean a delay.
Spray Silicone and Acrylic
Alongside spray foam, there are other types of spray-on commercial roofing. These use unique compounds of silicone or acrylic materials that, once sprayed onto the surface and dried, create a barrier to keep out water and debris. These options are also used as quick roof repair solutions for other types of installations.
Find Trusted Help from a Proven Commercial Roofing Company
There is no “one size fits all” answer to the best commercial roofing material. Flat roofs require special considerations, just as roofing structures such as gables will need a material that aligns with the constraints of the job site. At DB3 Roofing, we can play a vital role in helping your business assess its roofing needs and ultimately install a new roof on your structure.
Find out more about how we can help when you start a conversation with our team today.