Commercial roofing comes with a special set of challenges and needed skills. United Pro Roofing stands ready to provide you with the best commercial roofing experience, and finished roof, in the Midwest.
There Is A Difference between Commercial Roofing and Residential Roofing
Commercial roofing projects do an important job – protecting the people and items they cover.
Commercial roofing’s major challenge is that it is almost always flat, which creates more stress points, and can be harder to drain.
This impacts the level of maintenance required to keep a roof safe and functional. Due to their flat nature (especially in the snow belt) commercial roofs require far more inspection and maintenance than residential roofs. Their lack of pitch means snow, ice, and even water collect, adding weight, stressing the supports. Snow can add several tons of weight every time it comes, and if the roof is not properly maintained, that weight will, over time, degrade the roof’s performance.
United Pro Roofing stands ready to help! Our experts can inspect and diagnose your roofing needs, and prepare a solution to ensure many worry-free years of roofing quality. Contact us today to have our inspection team take a look at your roof before the first snow.
Commercial Roofing Systems
EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene methylene, a durable, dark-color synthetic rubber. This synthetic rubber membrane has also been used for flat roofs because of its durability and low maintenance costs. When used as a roofing membrane it does not pollute the run-off rainwater (which is of vital importance for rainwater harvesting).
Many modern metal roofs are made from corrugated galvanized steel; a steel sheet coated with zinc. Copper, aluminum, stainless steel, and tin are also used in metal roof applications. Additional coatings can be applied to provide waterproofing, anti-rust, and UV protection.
Modified bitumen and other built-up membrane systems use alternating layers of bitumen (also known as asphalt) and a reinforcing fabric (often felt) to create a finished roofing membrane. Utilized for over 100 years in the roofing industry, these roofs provide a redundant, durable protection. They are often covered with gravel as a weather resistant coating.
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a durable, long-lasting, and popular roofing material. PVC is resistant to moisture, wind and chemicals as well as being tear and puncture resistant. One of the main benefits of PVC roofing is that the material offers some fire-retardant properties. PVC is designed to be self-extinguising, instead of burning or just melting away.
Commercial thermoplastic polyolefin is the fastest-growing single-ply roofing material choice, mainly driven by a lower up-front cost. TPO membranes are durable and flexible, making edge-to-edge fabrication simpler, cheaper, and more efficient. The material is also 100% recyclable and eco-friendly which is great for companies trying to go green.
Vegetative, green, and eco are all terms for roofing using living plants as a key componet. In addition to the obvious ecological benefits, vegetative roofs can include grasses, herbs, flowers, and trees. Opem walkways can also be utilized on these roofs allowing access and opportunity to use the roof as additional space for tenants or owners.