When it comes to commercial roofing, flat roofs have been trending for some time, and they are still trending. But attention has shifted to other concerns as well. If you are looking at shingle roof replacement and wondering what to replace it with, consider these factors in your new roofing system.
Commercial building owners are primarily concerned about the durability of their roofs, much more than the initial installation cost. As a result, durable roofing materials are becoming more popular.
Building owners want to cut down on energy costs, so the trend is towards energy efficient roofing. More and more building owners are installing solar panels on their roofs.
Apart from cutting down on energy costs, owners of commercial buildings are paying attention to environmental factors in their roofing choices. It matters to them how the roofing material is sourced, used and disposed of. In terms of the actual roofing, this is the part that is trending.
Single Ply Roofing
Single ply roofing is the leading trend in commercial roofing. This is a membrane applied to flat roofs. Leading in this category is TPO followed by EPDM and PVC. Your commercial roofing contractor will advise you on the most viable option for you.
It is UV resistant, protecting your roof from damage and deterioration by harmful effects of the sun. It is also durable and resistant to harsh weather conditions. Fire resistant properties make single ply roofing ideal for commercial buildings.
If your business uses chemicals, you'll be happy to know that single ply roofs are resistant to chemicals from within or without the building. As a bonus, single ply roofs are recyclable.
Low-slope asphalt or what you'd call flat roof is still trending. As for the type of material used, modified bitumen-SPS is top followed by built-up roof and bitumen-APP respectively. Asphalt roofs are popular for their low cost.
Metal roofs are also trending. Architectural standing seam is leading followed by edge metal and structural standing seam. Metal roofs are durable, energy efficient and can take in more insulation without causing damage to the roof.
They provide an air-conditioning effect when light colored or when coated with infrared reflective paint. You can also install skylights on metal roofing, helping to cut down on lighting costs and create a healthier environment. Invest in high quality skylight covers to make cleaning and insulation easier and ensure that skylight maintenance doesn't become a burden.
They can also accommodate solar panels without compromising quality.
Steel is 100% recyclable, compared to other roofing materials which are disposed of in dumpsites.
More businesses are requesting for roof coatings although this trend does not necessarily translate into sales volumes.
So, what you are likely to see in the coming months is more single ply, metal and asphalt roofs that are energy efficient and eco-friendly. For more information, contact companies like Acoma Roofing, Inc.