When it’s time to replace your commercial roof, you might be tempted to just choose the same roofing material you had before. That’s not necessarily the wrong decision, but it’s worth considering other options as well before making your final choice.
Today, Elevate Roofing and Exteriors, one of the top flat roof contractors in the area, discusses the features and benefits of six common flat roof materials to help you make your choice.
Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is one of the most popular commercial roofing materials available due to being affordable and energy-efficient. It’s also easy to install and damage resistant. However, the quality of TPO products varies from one manufacturer to another, and choosing a low-quality option may mean poor durability and fire resistance.
EPDM or rubber roofing is another popular commercial roofing material. Affordable, lightweight and durable, an EPDM roof typically lasts around 20 years with proper maintenance. Two drawbacks are that it’s prone to punctures from hailstones and is also not the most aesthetically pleasing option.
Polyvinyl Chloride roofs (PVC) are typically composed of two PVC layers with polyester acting as a reinforcing material between them. Boasting a longer lifespan than other commercial roofing materials, it’s also quite resistant to moisture, fire, wind and chemicals. On the downside, it’s expensive, has a tendency to shrink and is difficult to repair.
Metal roofs can be made from copper, aluminum, tin or corrugated galvanized steel. An affordable option, metal roofing is fire resistant and highly energy efficient. One potential drawback is that it’s susceptible to rusting if not installed properly, so be sure to research metal roofing companies carefully before making your choice.
BUR, or built-up roofing, is your standard tar and gravel roof. The number of layers installed can vary depending on your budget and durability requirements BUR is one of the most cost-effective and long-lasting commercial roofing materials available.
Modified bitumen is easy to maintain and offers enhanced tensile strength to your roof. This is a big benefit if your roof sees a lot of foot traffic.
Need someone to help you with insurance restoration for roof damage? Don’t hesitate to turn to Elevate Roofing and Exteriors, local experts in residential and commercial roofing services. Give us a call at (239) 317-3117 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.