Are you constructing a new industrial building? Or maybe you’ve had storm damage and are looking to replace your commercial roof with something more durable. Regardless of your reasons, you may be wondering what exactly commercial roofing is.
Commercial roofing differs from residential roofing. While residential roofing tends to have high slopes and are easier to replace and maintain, commercial roofing is usually flat or has a low slope. The length of installation for a commercial roof vs a residential roof is also quite different. Depending on the type of commercial roof you go with, it can take a month or more for installation whereas a residential roof can go up in a matter of days.
Think of your favorite department store and your own home. The difference in your roofs is probably profound. Your home might have a high slope with shingles while the department store’s roof is more than likely going to be flat with a white material covering it instead of shingles.
But your commercial roof doesn’t have to be boring or a pain to take care of. At Integrity Building and Roofing, we offer several options for your Denver commercial roofing needs. We’ve worked with small family businesses to larger commercial properties and have the expertise and experience to back us up.
Now, let’s look at a few different types of commercial roofing and their materials.
Types of Roofing
Flat roofs or low sloped roofs are the most common and popular types of roofing for commercial buildings. You’ll have several material choices to select from.
PVC Roofing is a bit more expensive than the other options. However, it offers a wide range of benefits for the price. Its reinforced membrane makes it resistant to impact damage and cracking, giving it a long lifespan. Bonus for the white reflective material, making it a great selection to reduce heating and cooling costs.
Metal roofing is ideal when you’re wanting a slope greater than two inches. It’s the most expensive option available, but also lasts longer than its competition. Metal roofing can also be easily installed over an existing roof. It’s extremely durable, however, metal roofing can be prone to leaks around roof edges and seams.
TPO roofing is an inexpensive option and has a decent lifespan of 10 to 20 years. They have the same energy-saving properties as PVC roofs with their white coats. They don’t require much maintenance and the seams are heat welded to prevent leaks.
Shingles roofing is the preferred option for steep sloped commercial roofs. Shingles can be made from different materials, such as wood, slate, metal, ceramic and asphalt. Along with the wide variety of colors and designs, shingles often have a 15 to 30-year warranty. They are easy to maintain and replace, as well.
Built-up roofing is commonly referred to as “gravel and tar” roofs because they are built up by alternating layers of gravel and tar. These types of roofs can last up to 40 years, provide ultra-violet protection and are not prone to leaks.
Reach out to us with your questions, and we’ll be happy to give you honest answers, whether or not you choose to use us. Give us a call — we can’t wait to talk to you!