Tips For Picking the Best Roofing Materials for Your Commercial Space

When looking to update or install a new roof on your commercial property, it can be challenging to select the best material to keep the integrity of your building. There are a vast number of commercial roof types, from classic metal roofing to the popular TPO roofing systems. Several structural and climate factors will impact your selection, so let us help break it down. 

Consider The Shape Of Your Commercial Roof 

The slope degree of your commercial property’s roof is an important determining factor in what roofing system is best for you. Roofs are classified into two categories: Low Slope (Flat) Roofs or Steep Slope Roofs. The slope of your commercial roof affects the interior of the building, water drainage, and aesthetic appeal. Low Slope Roofs are most common among warehouses, shopping centers, and other large commercial spaces, and our commercial roofing contractors in Montgomery County, PA offer a host of systems that are optimal for your flat roof space. 

Evaluate The Climate 

To select the roofing system that will best maintain the integrity of your building, it’s important to consider the environmental factors that may impact your roof. Exposure to high winds, extreme temperatures, and long periods of direct sunlight can affect the longevity of your roofing system. 

Overview Of Popular Roofing Systems 

After considering the type of roof on your building and evaluating the potential climate factors in play, you’re ready to browse our most popular commercial roofing systems. 

TPO Roofing Systems

As our most popular roofing system, TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is an ultra-reliable single-ply roofing membrane. TPO is built tough with heat-welded seams to withstand high temperatures and UV rays. The natural fungal resistance of the polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber will protect your building from bacterial growth, maintaining the integrity and safety of your roof for longer. TPO comes in a variety of colors, as well, and is as cost-effective as it is protective of your building. For more information on high-quality TPO roofing systems or to see if it’s the right choice for your commercial building, contact our commercial roofers in Philadelphia

Modified Bitumen Roofing Systems 

Modified Bitumen roofing has been used in the United States beginning in the mid-1970s. This asphalt-based roofing system has multiple layers of protection, making them flexible and resistant to temperature and storm damage. Modified Bitumen roofing systems are quick to install in just a few layers, easily maintained, and cost-efficient for your business. 

EPDM (Rubber Roofing)

As a rubber roofing membrane, EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer) is a durable synthetic option for your commercial space. Depending on the amount of direct sunlight your building receives, EPDM roofs come in white or black. It is a sun and pollution-resistant option that is both flexible and resilient, contributing to its ability to withstand the sun’s damaging rays. While the installation process of EPDM roofs is quite simple, these roofs are not equipped to handle heavyweights. If there’s a possibility of people walking on your commercial roof, one of our other roofing material options may be more suitable for you.  

Metal Roofing 

Metal roofing is one of the world’s oldest roofing systems for a reason. They are incredibly durable, attractive, and can withstand high heat, strong winds, and are impact resistant. Metal roofs have a typical lifespan of 40-60 years depending on the quality of maintenance. Despite being equipped with protective layers, without the proper upkeep metal roofs can become susceptible to corrosion which must be addressed quickly. 

Look At Warranties, Return Policies, and Replacement Policies

Some roofing materials are more durable than others, but even those with excellent lifespans may need some maintenance or repairs over time. Look closely at the warranties, replacement policies, and return policies each roofing contractor offers so you can make informed decisions to meet your company’s needs. 

Contact Us Today

Need extra help or have additional questions about the best type of roofing for your building?  Contact Cooper Roofing Corporation for assistance in picking the best roofing materials for your commercial space.

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