When it comes to commercial roofing systems, there are many options available. The variety of commercial roofing that is available is largely due to the fact that there is a broad range of buildings that fall under the category of commercial building.
The type of roofing used also depends on other factors, such as the building’s purpose, location, and design. Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex roofing contractors should take into consideration the weather. In the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex, the effect of the long, hot Texas summers has on the lifespan of roofing materials should be a major consideration with regards to the type of commercial roof used.
If you are in the market for a commercial roof, here are some key educational points on the topic, ranging from the types of materials to the cost of installation.
What Is Commercial Roofing?
Also known as industrial roofing, commercial roofing is any type of roofing that is used for non-residential buildings. Industrial buildings such as factories, and warehouses fall into this category, but commercial properties such as offices, retail stores, and strip centers are also in this category. Public buildings such as schools, and hospitals are in this category as well.
How is Commercial Roofing Different from Residential Roofing?
The main difference between residential roofing and commercial roofing is in the design. Most residential buildings have sloped roofs that cover the entire structure. Commercial buildings are more likely to have flat or low-sloped roofs, making them less costly to construct.
Cost and Installation Process of a Roofing Systems
Both residential roofs and commercial roofs require professional installation and maintenance, but the process differs significantly. Residential roofing usually only takes a few days to complete, but commercial projects are much larger, and the roofing must be installed in sections to work around external structures, such as pipes. A quality commercial roofing contractor (we recommend SWAT Roofing & Contracting ) will assess key factors such as the size and shape of the building, and research the roofing materials, before making a recommendation and providing a quote.
What Are the Different Types of Commercial Roof?
As mentioned earlier, there are many types of commercial roofs options because of the many types of commercial buildings. Price is usually quoted in dollars per square foot, but installation, maintenance, and expected lifespan must also be considered when calculating the total cost of a commercial roof project, so it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each material. Here is a run-down of the types of commercial roofing options:
Single-Ply Membrane Roofing | TPO Roofing
Made from large PVC or TPO sheets, single-ply membrane roofing is commonly used in flat commercial roofing projects. In addition to being lightweight, and resistant to fire, chemicals, and the Texas sun, single-ply membrane roofing is flexible and has fewer seams when compared to other roofing types. This makes it quick and easy to install, making it a popular choice for fast-track commercial construction projects.
Although more common in residential buildings, shingles are used for some commercial buildings with sloped roofs. Shingle roofing is usually made from asphalt tiles, and because it has several layers, it can withstand harsh weather conditions. Shingle roofing is also easy to maintain.
A metal roof is long-lasting with a life expectancy of 40-60 years. Roofing made from corrugated steel is a popular choice for commercial buildings such as factories and warehouses. It’s lightweight, durable, fire resistant and waterproof.
Built-up roofing is exactly what it sounds like. Layers of tar and gravel are alternately added to build up a seamless, waterproof roof. This type of roof is versatile with layers added or modified to suit your needs. It requires little maintenance, so it’s ideal for buildings with difficult access.
With so many types to choose from, deciding on a commercial roofing system can be an overwhelming process. For more information on roofing construction, replacement or repair, contact SWAT Roofing & Contracting at 817-501-8660, or 972-200-4455, or book a free roof inspection to see how we can help you find a durable, cost effective roofing option to suit your needs. SWAT Roofing & Contracting is located in Fort Worth Texas. We’ve been your neighbor since 2003, and are family-owned and operated.
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