Commercial low slope roofs are sometimes called flat roofs, but they aren’t truly flat. They are most common on buildings like factories, warehouses, stores and other commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. There are many great advantages to commercial low slope roofs, but there are also things you should know if you are responsible for maintaining a building with this type of roofing.
If you are looking for a roof that is safer to work on, commercial low slope is definitely a great option. The limited slope makes it safer than roofs that have higher pitches. It is also easier to install systems like HVAC components, solar panels and satellite dishes. Commercial low slope roofs can also be extremely energy efficient. If you are interested in maximizing your roof’s energy efficiency, be sure to ask about options like highly reflective materials like TPO or PVC. These materials can reduce your heating and cooling costs significantly and keep your commercial facility more comfortable for everyone who comes into your building.
Maintenance is very important for this type of roof. While commercial low slope roofs can be made out of a variety of materials, including rubber, EPDM, TPO, bitumen and modified bitumen, they should all be inspected and maintained by a professional at least two times annually – usually once in the Spring and once in the Autumn. This type of roofing is designed to have valleys, saddles and drains and it is very important that this drainage system is maintained to prevent standing water on your roof.