types of commercial roofs

The roof is an important consideration during a building’s construction.  Because there are so many types of commercial roofs to choose from, many business owners don’t know how to decide between them. Below are some of the benefits of each kind of roofing system:

  • Thermoplastic Roofing

Thermoplastic roofing systems have an outstanding seam strength despite being lightweight systems. They include Ply Vinyl Chloride (PVC) and Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO), which are both made of highly reflective and resistant roof membranes. They are exceptionally resistant to chemical exposure, ultraviolet, fires and high winds. TPO roofing systems have become one of the fastest growing commercial roofing systems. They have a lifespan of more than 20 years.

  • EPDM (Ethyline Propolyne Diene Terpolymer) Roofing

EPDM roofing is one of the longest lasting type of commercial roofing systems available today. It is a single-ply rubber roofing membrane characterized by a high resistance to ultraviolet, abrasion damage, ozone, and weathering. The roofing membrane can tolerate different weather conditions such as hail, and high winds. Furthermore, they can easily be installed, maintained, and repaired compared to other types of commercial roofing systems. EPDM is among the most sustainable roofing materials currently being used in the commercial roofing industry.

  • Solar Roofing Systems with Photo-voltaic Panels

Although not yet mainstream, some business owners are shifting to solar energy roofing systems as a result of the continued increase in energy costs and the need for sustainable energy. Photo Voltaic Solar panels can either be used with glass membrane and roof-mounted tiles or they can be installed over a rooftop. They work by absorbing sunlight and converting it into energy for the building. These roofs are still not being used widely. However, they are great commercial roofing systems as far as conserving energy is concerned.

  • Green Roofs

Green roofs have become a popular way of increasing a city’s green space without having to purchase more land.  A special roofing layer is installed over the underlying roof membrane to maintain waterproofing, and then trees and shrubbery are planted on top.  A typical green roof will have a large space filled with grass, bushes, trees, and more.  This environmentally-friendly roofing alternative conserves energy by keeping the roof cool, reduces water run-off, helps to reduce carbon and improve air quality, and it provides an aesthetically attractive home for various wildlife.  Another major benefit of a green roof is its lifespan, typically lasting longer than other roofing materials because the membrane is protected from ultraviolet radiation and harsh weather.

  • Metal Roofs

Metal roofs offer building designers, architects, and owners with many alternatives when it comes to color options and the type of metal to be used. These roofing systems involve mechanical fastening of the standing seams, metal panels, or R-panels to the structure points. They offer excellent fire resistance, durability, and strength.  There are many options to choose from, such as copper, steel, aluminum, and zinc.

As you can see, there are many different types of commercial roofs to choose from.  Your decision comes down to location, pricing, and how long you want it to last.  Whatever you choose, Z Roofing & Waterproofing is here to help you install and maintain it.