You may assume that commercial roofing is the same as residential roofing. While they both perform the same task of protecting a building, there are specific differences with commercial roofing since the demands are greater. The quality of the roof will be significantly impacted by the materials used, the experience of the roofing contractor, and how well the roof is maintained after installation. Here are three facts you didn’t know about commercial roofing.
- Commercial flat roofs are not really flat. While the incline is subtle, flat roofs have a minimum integrated pitch. This allows water to drain rather than forming puddles on the roof, which would cause damage. You might not notice the slope unless you took measurements.
- Sunlight is the biggest enemy to commercial roofing. While water damage is certainly possible, the heat generated by the sun is actually the most common source of damage. This is a big reason why many commercial buildings have white roofs, to minimize heat absorption and damage. As an added benefit, it reduces the heat being transferred into the building and saves energy costs.
- Commercial roofing needs to be stronger than residential roofing. Since the roof covers a much larger area, this naturally leads to a heavier roof. To support their own weight along with a rooftop HVAC system with multiple heating and air conditioning units, commercial roofs are structurally stronger.
If you own a commercial building and need commercial roofing services, contact our team at Apex Commercial Roofing for a consultation. We can discuss your specific roofing needs and provide a free estimate for installation, maintenance or repair.