Commercial roofing often takes a backseat to residential roofing, and it’s understandable; a safe and stable roof over one’s head and the heads of one’s family is a primary, and wholly necessary concern. It is important to remember that as a business owner, property owner, or even an employee, the integrity of the commercial roofing system protecting your livelihood is also vitally important to the security of your family.
Commercial Roofing: A Business Model Hinge Point
A damaged roofing system can destroy inventory, decimate assets like computers and high-end manufacturing equipment that doesn’t fare well in the rain and wetness, leading to lost profit, and lost productivity. If that business is customer-facing, those lost customers will be expensive to recover.
For a new building, or new venture with a dedicated building, a failed commercial roofing system can set a start up project back by months and send a budget tens of thousands of dollars over projection. The roof structure of a commercial building is a hinge point for any successful business model, and it is the wise businessperson who understands this, and doesn’t take it for granted.
Commercial Roofing Systems Vs. Residential Roofing Systems
The challenges of a residential roofing system are quite different from the demands of a residential roofing system. Larger spaces, unconventional configurations, and conditions specific to commercial structures may need a different approach than what might be needed for a residential dwelling. It is for this reason that a commercial roofing company is the right choice for your business structure needs.
Commercial Roofing: Flat or Shingle?
One of the most common roofing types is shingle roofing. Shingles come in a variety of materials including asphalt, metal, tile, slate or wood shake. Considerations that come into play when choosing the right shingle will include:
- Budget – The budget for a roof project will serve to determine options regarding type and style.
- Climate – Some materials will work best in some climates as opposed to others.
- Areas prone to high winds such as mountainous regions and areas with high hurricane activity require a different approach to shingle roofing
- Some shingle materials function better in colder climates like Colorado winters, such as metal and slate.
- Structure – Some materials, such as asphalt and composites tend to be lightweight and suitable for most roofs, but a heavier shingle like slate and clay may be too much for some structures.
Another approach that tends to be more appropriate for commercial buildings, particularly larger structures are flat roofs. Flat roofs tend to be a more economical use of space, work well with a pitch and are usually more cost effective.
Ironically, most flat roofs aren’t flat. Most have a slight slope and this depends on the material use on the project. Shingles will trap water, so a pitch angle is needed to shed water from a roof. Asphalt can be used, just not in shingle form. A steeper slope is then needed to move water off of asphalt’s rough texture.
Synthetic Commercial Roofing Materials
Other materials that would serve the unique needs of a commercial flat roof include rubbers and plastics. EPDM, PVC, FTPO, and TPO are all surfaces that have been designed, or improved to more adequately cater to the commercial roofing industry. These materials are all lightweight, easy to apply, and easily shed water.
Visit Great Roofing in Littleton, CO Today
These are just some of the options available to those seeking commercial roofing system solutions. Visit Great Roofing today and browse our wide selection of materials, and discuss warranties and financing options. We pride ourselves on our workmanship, professionalism, and our expansive portfolio of satisfied commercial clients, and on being the best roofing contractor in Littleton.
Call Great Roofing today and let us fulfill all your commercial roofing system needs!