If your commercial building needs to be re-roofed, you might quickly find yourself becoming overwhelmed as you research your commercial roofing choices. There are many different commercial roofing materials available on the market, but which one is right for you? A professional roofing contractor can help you make your final decision, but it helps to do some research first. Here we offer an overview of some of the most popular choices to help you decide which material is right for you..
To help you get started with your research here have highlighted several popular residential roofing choices to help you determine which material is the best fit for your home.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF)
SPF roofing is made from plastic that is able to transform from a liquid into a solid in seconds. This material also expands rapidly as it dries, up to thirty times its original mass. Many commercial roofing contractors believe that SPF roofing is one of the most sustainable choices for your roof. That’s because an SPF roof can save property owners a lot of money on energy costs. You have the option to add a reflective coating on your SPF roof that, when applied properly by a commercial roofer, will bounce UV rays off of your roof, helping to keep your building cool. The result is less need for air conditioning which will eventually lead to lower energy bills.
It’s important to note that you don’t trust the installation of your SPF roof to just any company that offers roofing services. There is a fair amount of skill required to properly apply the two compounds that make up an SPF roof before they expand and dry. Not every roofing contractor has the experience necessary to handle this specialized material.
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Roofing)
EPDM is commonly referred to as rubber roofing. Many commercial building owners and roofing contractors alike, like it because it is very economical and easy to install. EPDM roofing is pretty durable. Its black color makes it resistant to sun damage. This can mean very little money will need to be spent on roof repairs over the course of your rubber roof’s life. There are varies degrees of quality among EPDM products, but generally, you can expect them to last up to twenty years.
For all of its economic advantages, there are some downsides to choosing a rubber roof. Most people do not consider EPDM roofs to be the most attractive, so if aesthetics is a major concern for you that is something to take into consideration. Another thing to consider is the roof’s black color. EPDM’s ability to absorb UV rays may make it resistant to damage, but all the extra heat that is generated on your roof’s surface can cause havoc on your air conditioning system. EPDM is available in lighter colors, however, going this route will dramatically increase the cost of your roof.
Acrylic Roof Coatings
Acrylic coating is not a standalone roofing material; however, this coating can be applied to a variety of different roofs as an alternative to a complete re-roof. The process of applying an acrylic roof coating consists of setting down a primer, followed by a base coat, and a fabric first. Often an additional base coat will be applied on top of all of that before finally applying the top coat.
The result of all of this layering is a seamless seal on your old commercial roof that can withstand the elements just as well as a brand-new roof. Acrylic roof coatings aren’t commonly used yet, however, they are growing in popularity.
Another advantage of an acrylic roof coating is that it adds some UV resistance to your roof. This could translate into every savings for you as a commercial building owner. Additionally, because there are really not “parts” to an acrylic roof coating, repairs can easily be performed on small areas. Your professional roofing contractor simply has to re-apply the top coat when they are done.
It should be noted that acrylic products are prone to wear under extreme weather conditions. The coating can also not be applied during any time of year when temperature drop below fifty degrees. Lastly, acrylic coatings do not stand up well to standing water if left for long periods of time.
Despite these disadvantages, an acrylic coating is an excellent option for a commercial building owner who is not ready to completely re-roof their building. When the time comes that you are ready to re-roof, make sure you enlist the help of a seasoned roofing contractor that will make sure your roof is expertly installed so you will not have to worry about it for many years to come.