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Choosing a Commercial Roof System


March 30, 2018

When choosing a commercial roof system, it’s important to know exactly what your building needs.

Commercial Flat Roofing in Grand Haven, Michigan

Much of this is determined by your location, and since we work in West Michigan, we’re experts at the types of materials suitable for our weather. Other factors need to be considered, as well, such as your building’s use, size, construction type, and budget.

Furthermore, do you have or need one, two, or dozens of AC units or other equipment? Skylights? Solar panels? We’re insured, licensed, and bonded and can help you figure out every detail of your roof.

Which roofing material is best for your building? Consider the types of commercial roof systems.

Types of Commercial Roof Systems:

TPO Roofing

Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is a flexible, durable roofing material that can suit just about any commercial and industrial building, as well as many other types of buildings. TPO’s versatility allows the material to be attached with any of a number of methods (mechanically, fully adhered, vented, and ballasted) and to resist wind and fire.

PVC Roofing

A vinyl low-slope roofing system uses an energy-efficient PVC membrane to reduce the environmental impact of your building.

EPDM Rubber Roofing

For extreme flat roof durability, you may want to consider an EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) system, which uses a rubber roofing membrane that can be mechanically attached, ballasted, or fully adhered.

Modified Bitumen Roofing

Modified bitumen roofing systems are flexible, expanding and contracting with the weather to enhance the durability of your low slope roof. The fiberglass-reinforced polyester mat increases the lifespan of the two-ply system, which is easy to repair if and when necessary.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

A fully-interlocking metal roof system gives you the advantage of a weather-tight roof without any screws on the surface of the panels. Made of panels customizable to any length, standing-seam metal roof systems are versatile and lightweight.

Metal Roof Coating

If you have an existing, aging metal roof, you may not need a completely new system. Metal roof coating can restore your existing surface, extending its life at the same time. A metal roof coating system is designed to prevent rust, fight heat stress, and solve simple leak problems.

Tapered Insulation Systems

On a low slope or flat roof, there’s a risk of standing water becoming a nuisance. If your roof is at risk, you should consider a tapered insulation system, which is designed to create enough slope to alleviate any standing water issues you may have.

Which Roof is Right for Your Building?

As discussed earlier, consider your building’s location, size, slope, and use. If you have an existing building and are replacing a roof, consider what you currently have, as well as the construction type of the rest of the building. For new construction, your options may be more abundant, but you’ll also want to consider the building’s materials.

If you’re looking for energy efficiency or long-term recyclability, consider systems and materials that will excel in those areas. We are a preferred provider of Energy Star and LEED compliant roofing systems.

As always, budget is a consideration. Even if you don’t need a new system installed now, it’s in your best interest to create a budget plan over the next several years related to your roof and its maintenance.

The best way to know what roof is right for you is to call a professional. We’ll come out and discuss your needs and desires, then come up with the ideal system for your building.