What Is Commercial Roofing?

What is commercial roofing? Well, as you might have guessed, it refers to the building materials (i.e., the roof) used to cover, protect, and seal the top of a commercial building. It shields the building’s interior, contents, and occupants from all sorts of detrimental weather, including rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind, and even just bright sunlight. Plus, the roof (along with its insulation) is vital to your HVAC system. Without it, your heater and air conditioner would be pumping temperature-controlled, comfortable air up into the sky. Although some commercial roofing is very similar to residential roofing, most commercial buildings choose to go with a design that is mostly flat. Today we’re going to look at the basics of commercial roofing systems, focusing on materials and maintenance.

What Is Commercial Roofing?

What Is Commercial Roofing?

Commercial roofing can be employed in a variety of different materials. Asphalt shingles are a traditional choice because they are inexpensive and easy to install, but they do require a lot of maintenance. Other options include ceramic tiles (which work well in warm climates because they repel sunlight), wood shingles (which are costly and not always long-lasting), and slate (which is expensive but very durable). All of these options are common choices for residential roofs as well.

What Is Commercial Roofing?

However, if you’re open to roofing options that don’t include shingles, metal roofing is a great choice. It is lightweight, cost-effective, flexible, and can last up to 50 years. You might also think about membrane roofing, which uses polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It’s another lightweight and durable option. PVC reflects sunlight and is impenetrable to leaks, but it’s still very affordable.

What Is Commercial Roofing?

Because your roof must withstand constant torment from the elements, it is important that you choose your materials wisely and pay attention to the roof’s condition. If you maintain regular inspection and maintenance, you can prolong the life of your roof and prevent unnecessary (and irresponsible) damage. Look for problems like leaks, mold, odors, standing water, bubbles, roof flashing, and tears in the cover. Although you can complete this inspection yourself, it is recommended that you hire a professional for the job. Finding the problem early (before it has grown or worsened) is very important, and unless you’re a professional, you may find it difficult to locate less obvious problems, like loose lighting fixtures and skylights that are not properly sealed.

It is also important to check your roof’s condition after a storm. Look for signs of damage, check that previous repairs have held up through the rough weather, and remove any loose objects or debris. Check that your gutters and downspouts are free of twigs and leaves as well.

What Is Commercial Roofing?

If you’re interested in learning more about commercial roofing, be sure check back in to the Adam Cowherd Construction blog in the next few weeks. We’re going to be discussing the materials and structural systems used in commercial roofing, as well as more in-depth maintenance tips. Plus, we’ll help you learn how to find the perfect roofing contractor.