Common Questions About Commercial Roofing

What is a Commercial Roof?

As it is evident from the name, commercial roofs are the roofs for a commercial building. However, it doesn’t end here, commercial roofs are capable of protecting the building from extreme weathers, and they can also incorporate heavy equipment.

How is Commercial Roof Different From Residential Roof?

Commercial roofs are flat in structure contrary to sloped residential ceilings.

Commercial roofs are larger than residential roofs. From a construction point of view, it is impractical to make such huge highly sloped roof.

Many commercial buildings require heavy equipment such as air conditioning units. Flat commercial roofs are the best option to accommodate large, heavy equipment.

Why a Flat Roof?

Less cost- Making such large slop roof can be highly expensive, and it is often considered unfeasible. However, building a flat roof costs way less than a sloping roof (excluding the heavy equipment).

Lower slop- Many contractors and builders have a preference of having a flatter slope for commercial roof mainly because it is easier to accommodate a new garden at the ceiling or install the equipment.

Profile issues- Many countries and cities have a height limitation for the commercial buildings. The flat structure of the roof can help the building to stay below the power lines as well as maintain a low profile.

What Are The Most Commonly Used Roofing Material Types?

There are various options available for the commercial roofing material types. The most common ones are as follows:

  • EPDM (rubber roof)
  • PVC
  • Modified Bitumen
  • TPO

Which Option is The Best Fit For You?

This decision solely depends upon your need and the budget.

  • If you own a restaurant or hospital, PVC is the best option for you as it is resistant to fire, animal fats, and greases.
  • Want additional strength? TPO is fabric embedded, and hence, it serves the purpose efficiently.
  • Want to something easy on the wallet? In such case, EPDM and Modified Bitumen are the least inexpensive options from all.
  • One of the main concern for commercial buildings is utility bills, PVC and TPO are highly reflective towards the heat in such matter.