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Know Your Commercial Roofing Solutions

If you own or maintain commercial properties, it is important to understand the kinds of roofing materials used in your buildings, to better monitor when they might be in need of replacement or repair. This is especially important during the construction process, when choices about roofing materials can dictate the maintenance cycle for your property for years to come. The first step to understanding those needs is understanding the properties of different roofing materials.

Thermoplastics

TPO roofs are used in a variety of construction projects because of their high temperature tolerances, low-temperature flexibility, which makes them adapt well to climates that have a variety of weather conditions throughout the year. They are also very durable, and resistant to damage, with a lifespan of over twenty years.

EDM Roofing

This flat rubber roofing solution has great moisture protection and offers a soft, flexible coating for your roof that can be easily repaired, lowering maintenance costs in some situations. It is flexible and can contour to nearly any surface, and it can be applied without fumes or other environmental risks.

Solar Roofing

Most likely, your solar roof will not cover 100 percent of your roof space, but it does require attention. Photovoltaic roof installations are becoming more common as the technology becomes less expensive, and showing your commitment to sustainable energy production with solar roofing also has the benefit of lowering your operating costs by reducing energy expenses.

Stainless Steel

Swiftly replacing tin roofs as the metal of choice for commercial projects, new models of stainless steel roofing materials also incorporate sound-dampening designs that make them competitive with residential shingles and other commercial roofing materials for interior comfort, and the durability of steel lets you know that this roof will hold up over time.

Asphalt Coating

Found mostly in older buildings, asphalt coating can be durable, but it does not have the life expectancy associated with newer options. If your building still uses asphalt sealant on its roof, it is probably worth consulting with a professional about updating your roof and gaining better protection from the elements.

Understanding the needs of your roofing materials is the first step in developing an effective exterior maintenance strategy for your commercial properties. The next step is having your roof inspected annually by a professional who can advise you about repairs and preventative measures.

 

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