Commercial Flat Roofing Options – Ballasted, PVC, TPO, and EPDM Roofing
By Christy Maraone
When you own a commercial building, it is important that your roofing system protects your product/merchandise as well as your employees and patrons. Commercial flat roofing is a cost-efficient roof shape and affords building owners many additional options including solar, garden or green, and outdoor recreational use. Maintenance and repairs are much safer and easier than with a steep roof application. These options comes in a variety of applications including single-ply applications such as EPDM, TPO, and PVC as well as built-up, modified, or hot liquid applied.
One of the more popular commercial applications is EPDM roofing. EPDM systems are very lightweight and easy to install. They are extremely effective at waterproofing a roof structure and the systems last for many years with little to no maintenance. If maintenance is required, the application can easily be patched for damages due to punctures or tears. The application is also very flexible and can be installed on virtually any type of roof regardless of shape or design.
This type of roofing system provides many benefits in a commercial flat roofing application. TPO systems provide minimal shrinkage for watertight confidence you can count on. The application is ideal for both new construction and reroofing/restoration projects. The material is lightweight yet highly resistant to tears, punctures, and wind uplift.
A PVC roofing membrane is another popular option for commercial flat roof projects and provides many benefits. These roofing systems are flexible and made to eliminate seams and joints. Thus minimizing the potential for leaks down the road. The installation process is quick and simple. The material itself is extremely durable and has high resistance to tears and punctures.
There are many great options for your commercial flat roofing project and there are many commercial roofing contractors that can help meet your needs. Ideally, you want to find a roofing contractor that understands your needs and can assist you with everything from the design phase, to installation and ongoing maintenance and repair. There are many benefits to the mentioned varieties of commercial flat roofing above. And it is always best co consult a professional to determine which is right for your building and your budget.