Yes, it matters what type of roofing you put on your commercial building. When you consider the building type and class, the outside elements, fire-resistance, and energy-efficiency, the material you use to build your roof makes all the difference. Below we dive into the complex world of commercial roofing and simplify a few key terms:
Low Slope Commercial Roofing
Low slope roofing is a mainstay of large-scale commercial and industrial building construction. Examples of the types of buildings that our contractors work on include: warehouses, factories, malls, or schools. It is also ideal for larger residential facilities such as apartment buildings and townhouses. The term low slope refers to a minor incline (3 inches per foot) in the angle of the roof from the base to the crest.
Why do contractors build low slope roofs?
- Sufficient water run-off or drainage
- Added dimension in the roof design
- Maintenance and repairs require less effort because roofers can easily walk on the surface.
- Low slope roofs are cost-effective because they require fewer materials than a roof with a steep slope.
- Heating and cooling costs are lower with low-sloped roofs, because there is less space to control the temperature.
Commercial Roofing as a Whole
Commercial roofing is a broad concept that can include different types of roofing membranes built from a several materials, including rubber. Some of the most common types are:
- Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomor (EPDM)
- Thermoplastic Membrane (TPO)
- Modified Bitumen
- ?Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
FYI: EPDM Advantages:
- Roofs made with rubber create a water-tight proper seal that is either seamless or connected using an impenetrable seam.
- The membrane is far easier to repair or patch up than asphalt-based roofs.
- It can withstand the effects of UV rays and extreme heat during the summer.
- They can resist expansion and contraction. Thus, they’re less likely to tear or come apart at the seams.
- The newer roofing systems are directly attached to the roof using adhesives.
Do you have further questions? Contact All-South Subcontractors. We provide a wide range of construction services and products for both residential and commercial properties throughout southern Alabama. Call us today at 205-836-8111 (Birmingham), 251-621-8420 (Spanish Fort), or visit www.allsouthsub.com.