Different types of commercial roofs are available, and the right one for your building depends on the slope of your roof and the type of building you have. A flat roof is out of sight while a roof with a steep slope is highly visible, so you may be more concerned about having an attractive roof if yours is steep, especially if you have a professional or retail building. Here's a look at three options in commercial roofing.
1. Metal Roofing
If your roof can be seen from the street, then metal could be an option you want to consider. Metal roofs come in different colors, and you can have a coating applied that protects your from rust and UV fading. A metal roof is a nice complement to most any building style, and it's suitable for professional, retail, and restaurant buildings. Plus, as a commercial roofing choice, it won't need a lot of maintenance and should last for many decades. Metal roofing also provides fire protection and protection from insect damage. This type of roofing is a good choice when appearance is important.
2. Spray Foam Roofing
Spray foam roofing is a good choice when you want to reduce the risk of leaks. The foam is sprayed on as a liquid and then expands and hardens in a single continuous layer over the roof. Since there are no seams, there are fewer places at risk of leaking. Spray foam can also wrap around pipes and other protrusions so they are sealed against leaks. A spray foam roof provides a barrier of protection for your building against rain and UV rays, and it also provides insulation, so it can increase the energy efficiency of your building. Spray foam doesn't need much maintenance and lasts for decades, which is important for a commercial roof when you don't want to spend a lot of money replacing roofing and making repairs.
3. Membrane Roofing
Membrane roofing is suitable for flat roofs, and it could be an option to consider when you need to carefully stay within your budget. This type of roofing is applied over insulation and sealed or weighed down so it provides a barrier against rain. Membrane roofing is made from different materials; some are white while others have a dark color. A white membrane reflects the sun to keep your building cooler while a dark membrane absorbs heat to keep your building warmer. You can also cover the roof with gravel to hold the membrane in place, add extra protection, and improve the appearance of the roof.
What kind of commercial roofing you decide to use could come down to your budget and the architecture of your building. Talk to a commercial roofing contractor about all of your choices so you can choose the best roof for your business.