The commercial roofing industry, from new roof construction to replacement, is not without its misconceptions. Unfortunately, many property owners and facility managers fall victim to these false notions that help drive illogical decisions. When it comes to these investments, it pays to be aware of the cold hard facts. Continue reading as we debunk some of the most common myths surrounding commercial roofs.
“All commercial roofs are the same.” Commercial roofing systems are usually low-sloped or close to being flat, but they come in many different types. Traditional built-up roofs (BURs) have a top layer of gravel. Modified bitumen roofs are a variation of BURs, but instead of gravel, they have an asphalt shingle-like surface. Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) are examples of single-ply roofing membranes. Metal, which is a common material used in sloped roofing systems, can also be used for commercial roof installations.
“Commercial roofs don’t need maintenance.” All kinds of roofing systems need maintenance, no matter the size or purpose. Some, however, only require roof cleaning and inspections, which means maintenance requirements tend to be lower than the others. Commitment to long-term maintenance is something to consider when you invest in a new roof for your commercial property. If you choose a single-ply roof membrane like the ones mentioned above, you’ll have to schedule regular inspections to make sure it doesn’t get damaged due to wind-carried debris or foot traffic.
“Commercial roofs can help lower energy bills.” Roofing systems must have certain features to help property owners save on energy costs. Cool roofs, for instance, have reflective surfaces or light-colored top layers to minimize heat absorption. When planning a roof replacement, consider looking for a new system that is ENERGY STAR® rated.
At Certified Roofing Solutions, LLC, we utilize proven techniques and superior materials to provide our clients with excellent roof systems that will last many years. For instance, we offer GAF roofing products for TPO installations. Learn more about our commercial roofing systems by calling (800) 647-0986 or filling out our contact form.