Commercial Roofing and How it Differs to Residential Roofing
Commercial roofing is roofing that is usually found on warehouses, shops, factories, and restaurants. As such, commercial roofing differs from residential roofing in that the surface area is much larger than a residential roof’s size, and its slope is either very low or the roof is completely flat.
Due to the flatter pitch of a commercial roof, there is an increased risk of drainage and moisture complications over-and-above its larger roof size, which is why commercial roofs are made from different materials to those of residential roofs. In addition to this, commercial roofs often have heavy air-conditioning vents, HVAC blowers, extractor fans, smokestacks, skylights, and industrial pipes resting on them, which means that they need to be built differently and sturdier to minimize openings from these heavy objects, which are not typically found on residential roofs.
Commercial Roofing Materials
Commercial Roofing Options
Modbit (Modified Bitumen)
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofing is also known as rubber roofing. This type of roofing is made from a rubber membrane and is extremely robust. EPDM is available in black or white, and the white membrane that is installed over the black membrane acts as additional UV protection, by reflecting sunlight.
EPDM roofing is comparatively cheaper to install compared to other commercial roofing options. In addition, it is also easier to repair, mostly due to the fact that EPDM rolls are extremely wide, which results in less seams that can fail on the roof’s surface area. This means that the potential for leaks in an EPDM roof is rare.
EPDM roofing is also lightweight, quick and easy to install, and lasts a long amount of time. This type of roofing is also hail and ozone resistant. It is also highly wind resistant, which is a good choice for the windy city of Chicago.
TPO stands for thermoplastic polyolefin and is a type of single-ply roofing that is both energy efficient and reflects heat. TPO membranes come in black, and gray, but are traditionally white, so as to allow for the best reflection of UV rays and to direct heat away from the building.
Similar to EPDM roofing, TPO roofing is made of thermoplastic rubber layers that are reinforced with materials such as fiberglass, carbon fiber or talc, which makes TPO strong but also flexible and able to move with thermal expansion and contraction as temperatures fluctuate during the seasons.
TPO is an environmentally friendly type of roofing, as it does not contain chlorine. In addition, it is fully recyclable. TPO is also easy to maintain, as it is resistant to mildew and algae, and so will not require pressure washing. Installation of TPO is also relatively simple and offers options for installation from adhesives to heat welding for difficult spots on a roof where openings and projections may be present.
Why Should You Choose Aegis for Your Commercial Roofing Needs?
We are the best commercial roofing contractor near Chicago, Illinois. We have been in the roofing industry for seven years, and our expert team attends ongoing educational seminars to expand their knowledge and to ensure that they can offer the highest quality craftsmanship and customer service to stand out from our competitors.
In fact, at Aegis construction group, we guarantee 100% satisfaction with your new roof. We offer a 10-year craftsmanship warranty on all of our full-roof replacements. We are also GAF, Owen’s Corning and Firestone certified, which allows us to offer manufacturer warranties to our customers.
Call us today for a free inspection, and we will handle the rest!
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