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The integrity of the roof over your commercial premises is a critical part of your business. A sound roof keeps the elements outside, allowing you to concentrate on serving your customers. We only use the latest roofing materials and techniques, along with industry leading warranties.

We are fully equipped to manage all your roofing requirements, whether your building has a pitched or flat roof, has walking traffic, skylights or special drainage needs.

Some signs that may indicate a roof repair is needed include:

  • Increasing energy bills (heating and cooling) month over month.
  • Moisture forming inside the structure.
  • Roof sagging in places.
  • Bubbles on the roof surface.
  • Clogged drains.

Any of these signs - particularly evidence of sagging - is a strong indicator of roof damage, and it's highly recommended that you contact us for an inspection. We can provide expert guidance on how you can prevent such problems in the future.

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Types of Commercial Roofing Systems

Whether you run a small or big business, taking care of your roof is essential to your activity. Making sure your roof is safe and well maintained simply means you are protecting your building’s interior from severe weather, helping prevent fires and therefore protecting yourself, your employees and customers. In order to do so, the first step is to familiarize yourself with the different types of commercial roofing.

There are three main types of commercial roofing systems: Flat roofs, Low-sloped roofs and Pitched roofs.

 

 

Flat Roofs are one of the most common types of commercial roofing for large commercial buildings like warehouses and shopping centers, because they are budget friendly, installed quickly and use fewer materials than some other systems.

A flat roof’s design is both efficient and economical. A flat roof can also provide additional space for air conditioners, solar panels, and satellite dishes.

 

 

 

 

Low Slope roofs means that the roof has a slope of less than 3-inches per foot. The pitch of low-sloped roofs allows for water runoff, which prevents standing water or puddles on the roof.

They are easier to maintain and safer to work on for roofers than steep slope roofs. It can still serve as storage for some items, like air conditioners and solar panels, depending on the shape and size of the roof.

 

 

 

 

Pitched Roofs are more common for residential homes than commercial buildings because they are more expensive. However, they are still widely used along the other commercial roofing systems mainly because the increased slope provides greater runoff for water and snow which might be extremely helpful in many areas.

Once you know the shape of your roof, it is important to learn about the different roofing materials in order to choose the one that suits you and your business best.

 

 

The most common roof materials include:

  • Metal Roofing

  • Built Up Roof (BUR)

  • Thermoset (EPDM) Roof Membrane

  • Thermoplastic (PVC & TPO) Roof Membrane

METAL ROOFING

Metal Roofing is generally a good investment for businesses. It is also popular as it offers a wide variety of metal materials for commercial roofs, you can even find metal roofing made of recycled materials. When a metal roof is used, a protective surface layer is added to prevent rusting and sunlight damage; it also comes in a sustainable, fire resistant design, which makes it a strong and safe option for commercial buildings. 

Metal Roofs have great energy efficiency, installing one on your business building will definitely save you up heating and cooling utility bills as it will provide fantastic insulation and cooling for your business.

 

BUILT UP ROOFING (BUR)

Built up roofing is the most common roofing material used on low-slope roofs. It is made up of many layers alternating bitumen and fabric layers, installed on low-profile (flat) roofs and typically the top layer is where the tar and gravel lie.

 

 The number of layers varies from usually three to five layers. These layers “build up” a roof.

BUR is a very durable and long lasting solution for commercial buildings. Once it’s installed, it does not require you to upkeep with it and check it as regularly as other roofing materials. Built up roofing performs well even in severe weather conditions. However, if a big storm ever happens to hit and removes the top layer, you will need to act quickly and replace it as soon as possible. 

 

 

Thermoset (EPDM) Roof Membrane

EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene methylene. It is an extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane widely used in low-slope buildings in the United States and worldwide. Its two primary ingredients, ethylene and propylene, are derived from oil and natural gas.
EPDM is known for performance and longevity. It is a popular option because of its design versatility, strong resistance to ultraviolet light and ozone, and easy installation. The material is tough, durable, waterproof, and maintenance-free when compared to other types of commercial roofing. Its rubber material makes it flexible and easy to fit on any roof.

Thermoplastic (PVC & TPO) Roof Membrane

Thermoplastic is mostly known for its lightweight and reflective material.
It allows it to tolerate high-temperatures and can withstand both fire and high winds.
Thermoplastic is also highly durable and flexible, allowing it to fit and adapt into your building’s movement and setting.
TPO roofing is one of the fastest growing commercial roofing materials at a double-digit rate year over year because of their performance and installation advantages. 

At APC roofing services, we understand and are well aware that finding a commercial roofing contractor near you can be difficult. By choosing us, we will provide you with a team of experts who will help and guide you through the selection, installation or maintenance of your commercial roof. As a business owner, we want to shift your attention towards your activity and customers, we want to remove all your concern about your roof. There are many options out there, and we understand that the process can be overwhelming.

Call us today for a commercial roofing inspection and estimates! We give competitive prices, outstanding customer service, top quality products and the best expertise around!

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