As the owner of a commercial property, we know that you’ve got a lot on your plate. Commercial buildings often have a lot of traffic, which means that there can be a lot of wear and tear for you to manage on a daily basis. And with many people often using your building’s space, you don’t have time to have life come to a screeching halt so that you can make repairs.
That’s why you need a roofing system that you can trust. Your roof is your property’s first line of defense. If it isn’t functioning properly, you could find yourself dealing with;
- Unnecessarily high energy bills
- Water damage to your ceilings and walls
- Leaks in your building
If a new commercial roof is in the cards for you, you may be overwhelmed trying to decide which of the many commercial roofing systems is right for you. Read on to learn the pros and cons of the most popular roofing systems on the market.
When Is It Time to Update Your Commercial Roofing System?
Do you suspect that you need a new commercial roof but aren’t sure? Here are some signs to look for before deciding whether a roof replacement is right for you.
- Standing Water 🌊 – One of the most telling signs that your commercial roof is past its prime is if you are frequently finding standing water on the roof of your building. Standing water is a common problem for flat roofs, but a functioning roof will be designed to allow water to drain or evaporate easily. If you’re finding water on the roof days after a rainstorm, it could be time to upgrade your roofing system.
- Leaks 💧- Are you getting frequent ceiling leaks throughout your building? This is a clear sign that your roof is not keeping moisture out properly and needs a quick replacement in order to avoid further damage.
- Musty Smells 👃- Are your tenants complaining of a musty smell throughout the building? This is a red flag that moisture is collecting in places you don’t want it to be. And it could be getting in through your roof and allowing mold to grow.
- Stains on the Ceiling and Walls 🙁 – Noticing brown or yellow stains forming on your ceiling? Those are water stains and are indicative of water getting in through your roof.
- Age 👵🏼 – Most commercial roofs are not designed to last more than 25 years. If your roof is older than that, it is time for a replacement.
If you are noticing these signs, it’s time to call your local commercial roofing professional and schedule an inspection.
5 Types of Commercial Roofing Systems ✋
There are a lot of options when it comes to types of commercial roofing. Looking for the commercial roofing system that’s right for your building? Here are some excellent choices for every building.
1) Modified Bitumen
Modified bitumen is a multiple-layer system that relies on bitumen (also known as asphalt). Many owners like modified bitumen as a commercial roofing material because it is so easy to install. In fact, most modified bitumen systems can be installed in just a day, which can keep business running smoothly.
2) Built Up Roofing Systems
Built up roofing, or a BUR system, has been a popular commercial roof system for the past 100 years. They consist of multiple layers of asphalt and roofing felt. BUR roofing is loved because the multiple layers provide multiple defenses against water damage.
3) Single Ply Membrane System
Single-ply roofing systems come in a wide variety of roofing materials, including Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO), Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Regardless of which style you choose, they are installed in a single layer.
Many building owners choose single-ply membrane systems because they are very easy to maintain. The type of single-ply membrane system that works best for you depends on a number of factors, including the climate you live in, the health of your building, and the overall aesthetic.
4) Metal Roofing Systems
Metal roofing is a pricier option than many other commercial roofing materials. That being said, it is incredibly durable and can last for up to 50 years. Metal roofs are great options if you are looking for a roof solution that is durable and offers UV protection.
5) Vegetative Roofing Systems
Looking for an eco-friendly option? You might want to consider a vegetative roof. These roofs have plants installed in specific tray systems that help to control stormwater.
Contact a Roofing Professional Today
Ready to install your new commercial flat roof? Contact your local roofing professional. At Durashield, we have been helping commercial properties big and small by installing quality, long-lasting commercial roofing systems. Contact us today to schedule your free roof inspection.