Commercial Roof Installations
Few investments entail as much expense or require as much consideration as a commercial roof installation. When it’s your organization that’s laying down thousands of dollars, it makes sense to learn a little about the topic before reaching a final decision.
Here at Premiere Roofing, we know that an informed consumer is also an empowered consumer. So, we offer this comprehensive review of your options and the vocabulary common within the roofing industry.
EPDM Commercial Roofing Installations
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a synthetic rubber product that’s been used for many years in commercial applications.
This product offers several advantages over other types of materials, including:
- Resistance to moisture: Old-school felt roofs can soak up rainwater and develop mold and mildew deposits. EPDM, on the other hand, repels water and is resistant to mold spores, making it a good choice for wet or humid environments.
- Durability: A properly installed EPDM roof can last for 25 years or more.
TPO Commercial Roofing Installation
TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is a commercial roofing material that’s widely gaining popularity. Here are some of its benefits:
- High reflectivity: In general, TPO is better able to reflect the sun’s heat than EPDM. This makes it a smart choice for hot climates like the one we enjoy here in North Carolina.
- Versatility: TPO can be secured to a roof using chemical adhesives, ballast, or screw-in fasteners, giving the client a wide range of options.
One factor to keep in mind when considering TPO is the high level of skill needed to install it properly. The material can develop leaks along its seams unless the contractor is familiar with TPO’s unique characteristics.
Here at Premiere Roofing, our technicians are highly experienced with all aspects of TPO installation and maintenance. Our clients can rest easy knowing that we’re on the job.
Sloped vs. Flat Commercial Roof Installation
In general usage, the term “sloped” roof refers to the pitched or A-shaped roofs commonly used on houses across the country. This same style is occasionally seen on commercial structures originally intended as private residences.
The term “flat roof” is often applied to commercial buildings such as factories or distribution centers. However, “flat” is a slight misnomer, as these roofs actually have a mild degree of slope (usually around 2°) to allow rainwater runoff.
Premiere Roofing professionals can install TPO on both sloped and “flat” roofs.
Built-Up Roofs (AKA “Built Up Tar”)
Built-up roofs (BUR) are the oldest and most common form of commercial roofing installation. They use layers of waterproof materials alternated with coatings of hot tar and topped off with a layer of gravel. A BUR is very heavy and can emit unpleasant odors during the installation process. But it’s also durable and fire-resistant.
In the popular mind, this term is often associated with tar paper. But in modern times, a rolled roof is more likely to consist of a rubberized flat membrane. Usually, a rolled roof is covered with a layer of puncture-resistant material for safety and environmental reasons.
Metal roofs were once seen as unsightly and prone to rust. However, this is a myth. In fact, a modern metal roof is an excellent choice for both aesthetic and practical reasons, including:
- Long life
- Superior insulation
- Utility bill savings
- Enhanced value of the building
Commercial Roof Replacement vs. Roof Coatings
Roof coatings, including metal roof coatings, are a hotly debated topic in our industry. You’ll hear no shortage of opinions on this subject. Here’s the bottom line: a coated roof can offer benefits to a commercial property owner:
- IF the coating is not putting off an inevitable, imminent replacement, and
- IF the compound is properly applied.
This choice highlights two of the many reasons to work with an experienced, trusted commercial roofing contractor. At Premiere Roofing, we will give you an honest evaluation of the integrity of your roof, offer sound advice, and perform the work at the highest level.
Choosing a Commercial Roofing Installation Company
As you can see, commercial roofing is a complex subject. It’s also our chosen profession and our guiding passion. That’s why we devote so many hours to ongoing training. It’s also why we stay up-to-date on the latest developments in our industry.
Find out for yourself what Premiere Roofing can do for your organization by getting in touch with us today. We’ll listen to your needs, visit your site, and work up a no-obligation quote for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.