TPO Roofing – Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane made from polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber polymerized together. It is typically installed in a fully adhered or mechanically attached system, allowing the white membrane to remain exposed throughout the life of the roof. TPO membranes reflect UV radiation keeping the surface of the roof and the building cool during summer months. This helps reduce cooling costs, and also decreases the amount of carbon emissions. Many companies and organizations are thrilled with the environmental benefits of TPO membranes. TPO is the fastest growing commercial roofing membrane on the market today, having grown from 23% to 41% in the U.S. in seven years, as of 2013. TPO is 100% recyclable.
Built up roof membranes (BUR) and Modified Bitumen (Mod-Bit) are generally composed of alternating layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics that create a finished membrane. BUR roof systems have been utilized for over 100 years in the roofing industry. These roof systems are constructed with layers of felt and bitumen that provide a redundancy of durable protection. They are then covered with gravel, a mineral sheet cap or other weather resistant coatings. Additionally, both BUR and Mod-Bit roof systems can be installed using an array of coatings and colors.
Metal – Metal roofing is used on a variety of commercial building applications, including corporate offices, retail shops, technology centers, educational buildings, warehouses and healthcare offices. Typically, the sound generated from rain or hail on traditional shingles is comparable to that of a metal roof. Because metal roofing is installed over plywood, felt, synthetic underlayment or an existing roof, this interior barrier can actually decrease the level of sound. There was a time when metal roofs were believed to be unsightly, obnoxious, and not very durable for highly trafficked rooftops. However, now with the advancements in technology, you may have a durable metal roof, with extra benefits that include lower HVAC bills, increased durability, and minimal maintenance. Metal rooftops provide an industrial look and feel that’s frequently sought out in today’s commercial development.
Making repairs as quickly as possible is the number one method to help avoid major costs down the line. When water enters underneath a roof surface it ruins insulation and decking. These areas cannot be left alone, or they will continue to deteriorate making the possibility of a roof re-cover impossible. Commercial roof leak repairs should never be left without repairing them, or high costs will incur in the future.
Here are a few issues you should keep an eye out for if you have a commercial flat roof:
- Punctures: a hole in the material
- Open Seams: seams begin to open
- Ponding: water ponds on the roof and remain stagnant
- Fasteners: fasteners become loose
- Caulk: caulking cracks and shrinks
- Blisters: gas expansion causes bubbles in the roof’s surface that look like pockmarks
Roof Coatings – Roof coatings can be added to existing roof systems to extend the life of the roof, even if it already has long-term wear and tear. Commercial Roof coatings are available for many types of roofing systems. The application of these coatings is appropriate for flat, smooth, or semi-smooth surfaces that have no underlying water. Roofing specialists will evaluate your roof to see if a roof coating is a viable option.
STX Roofing provides expert installation and application of commercial low slope roofs including TPO, BUR, Mod-Bit, commercial metal roofs, and commercial asphalt roofs. Our commercial roofing Project Managers are committed to safety, quality and to keeping disruptions on the property to a minimum, no matter which roofing system we are installing. Call us to learn more about the different types of commercial roofing systems we work with.
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