Tyler, Troup and all of East Texas Commercial Roofing Professionals
Goodfellas Commercial Roofing is the trusted name in commercial roof systems and re-roof services to Tyler, Troup, Bullard, Flint, and all of East Texas.
Commercial roofing refers to roofs built on commercial properties, like stores, office buildings, and strip malls, and include churches and barn structures. You may think that the only difference between commercial roofs and residential roofs is the building’s size, but the reality is that they are very different. Commercial roofing involves specialized construction methods and materials chosen based on the building’s architecture and the business’ needs.
Commercial Roofing Repair and Replacement
In a commercial roofing situation, your business is literally under your roof. If that roof leaks, it could wipe out your business overnight. Regular inspections are the best way to prevent a disaster. Call us anytime for a free commercial roof inspection and quote. Whether you are looking to install a new commercial roof, repair an existing one, or perform regular maintenance, you can trust Goodfellas Roofing & Construction LLC.
Some of the Key Differences Between Commercial and Residential Roofing
Commercial roofs are often flat roofs. Take a look at commercial property in your area, and you’ll notice this common feature. Flat or mostly flat roofs lack the slope you probably have on your roof at home. Flat roofs have their own distinct set of considerations. For example, the flat shape means water drainage must be managed differently than sloped roofs. If you do not manage the water, it will pool, and the roof will leak. Flat roofing also will absorb heat and wind differently, and that must be taken into account when designing the roof or sourcing materials for your new commercial roof.
Commercial Roofing Materials and Applications
Commercial roofing uses different materials than residential roofing.
Commercial roofs are more likely to be metal, such as steel, aluminum, or copper. Commercial roofs are often coated with protective membranes meant to waterproof, protect, and increase a commercial roof’s lifespan. These membranes can be made of plastic, rubber, or Silicone. Each material has its advantages, and it’s best to consult with a commercial roofing professional to determine the best one for your commercial property.
Types of Commercial Roofing Material
Commercial roofs are often constructed with industrial materials explicitly designed to protect flat roof or low slope roof commercial buildings.
Here is a partial list of typical commercial roofing materials or types:
- Metal roofing – Metal is a popular and commonly used material for commercial roofing. It offers advantages in strength and durability. Metal’s advantage is that it is an effective reflector of sunlight, which can help reduce your AC bill, especially during those horrific 100-degree Texan summers. You can effectively coat a metal roof with highly reflective Silicone to increase its insulation and reflective properties.
- Single Ply Roofing or TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is a lightweight single-ply roofing membrane. It is made of a blend of rubbers. TPO is a common choice, as it is lightweight yet durable, and its flexibility gives you different construction options. TPO is colored white and very reflective of sunlight.
- Built-up roof (BUR) systems are a tried and true roofing material that has been used for over a century. It is also commonly known as “tar and gravel” or “asphalt flat roofing.” Built-up roof systems are constructed by layering roof felts with adhesives such as cold tar or asphalt.
- EPDM (ethylene propylene diene methylene) membrane is a synthetic rubber that is flexible and durable. It is a robust yet cost-effective material that is widely used on flat and low slope roofs. This material is well-known for providing superior waterproofing and protection against extreme weather.
- Silicone Roof Coating is a lesser known type of commercial roof coating. It is gaining popularity. It is the use of a thin layer of Silicone to coat an existing roof. Silicone is hydrophobic, so it will never retain water. It can come in many colors, but white is often chosen for its reflective properties. Silicone is quite durable, depending on the quality installation.