We are pleased to offer all types of commercial roofing. We specialize in TPO, EPDM, Ballast Roofing Systems, and Custom Metal Fabrication.
Commercial Roofing Springfield MO
TPO or thermoplastic polyolefin roofing is a type of commercial roofing designed to combine the characteristics of both EPDM (rubber) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) roofing. Despite being a relatively new entrant in the world of roofing material, TPO has quickly become one of the most widely used roofing products in the market. Its newness presents both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, the product has undergone and continues to go through constant revision, reformulation, and improvement. At the same time, it lacks the long track record that traditional roofing systems boast.
But in exchange for the history it lacks, TPO presents a solid set of benefits and advantages, which explains its growing popularity. The material’s thermoplasticity allows for seams to be heat-welded during installation. This is a huge plus since seams are usually the weakest part of a roofing system: TPO seams are said to have six times the strength of glue seams and three times that of tape systems.
Other attractive characteristics of TPO roofing systems include its resistance to chemicals and heat, its flexibility in cold temperatures, its use of recycled content, and its relatively low cost. Compared to other thermoplastic membranes, TPO is also said to be flexible but rigid, and is an overall lighter and easier material to handle. All these pave the way for proper installation, a crucial factor in the longevity of any roofing system. With proper installation and maintenance, TPO roofing systems should have a serviceable lifetime of 10 to 20 years.
EPDM is another popular commercial roofing choice, especially when it comes to low-slope roofing. Short for ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber, this rubber roofing material presents the advantages of excellent UV, heat, and weather resistance as well as low temperature flexibility. It can be applied as a ballasted, fully adhered, or mechanically attached system.
Compared to other relatively new commercial roofing systems, EPDM has a 40-year history within the construction industry. Manufacturers have grown and matured along with the material, resulting in various improvements and EPDM-specific accessories that make EPDM an overall better product that is both easy to install and repair. Studies report that a properly installed EPDM roofing system can expect a potential life of 50 years. With proper housekeeping and maintenance, no special treatment or coating is necessary.
Ballast Roofing Systems
Ballast roofing systems make use of gravel or pavers to weigh down loose-laid roofing membrane and to hold roofing components in place. One of the most obvious advantages of such systems is the improved functionality of the roof area, as it essentially results in an extra recreational space for the building. Additionally, a ballast roofing system opens the space up to a wider range of architectural styles, usually resulting in a more visually appealing or more natural landscape.
Besides mere aesthetics, ballast roofing systems also present practical benefits to a structure. As the commercial roofing components are loose-laid, the system does away with the fasteners and adhesives used with fully adhered and mechanically attached systems. This can then give way to a reduction in installation cost and installation time.
Despite its early entrance into the roofing market in the early ‘70s, ballast roofing systems are anything but old-fashioned. In fact, it is gaining ground in the industry as an equivalent of cool reflected roofs. Studies have shown that the thermal mass of the ballast creates a cool roof effect comparable to white TPO membranes.
Custom Metal Fabrication
Sometimes customers have specific needs that simply can’t be met with cookie-cutter solutions. If you have a job requiring custom metal fabrication, feel free to call in with your inquiries or to schedule a consultation for commercial roofing services in the Springfield, MO area. The team at Adam Cowherd Construction will be glad to assist you in coming up with a solution that best meets your needs. Quality, reasonable turnaround times, and safety guaranteed—all we need from you are your requirements.
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