A flat roof for your commercial building can be a great choice for those who want simplicity and convenience. These roofs are easy to construct and they’re safe to stand on, making maintenance a breeze for busy owners who need convenience. If you’re considering a flat roof for your building, here’s what you should know.
Understanding Flat Roofs
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for flat roofs. Owners must consider many details before selecting the right material and installation for their building, including water exposure, foot traffic, durability, and cost.
Fluid applied, PVC, TPO, EPDM, and built-up are all options, and each comes with their own benefits. A fluid-applied roofing system goes over the existing roof as a way of reinforcing its strength, which saves owners the expense of tearing off a failing roof. Owners that expect a lot of foot traffic on their roof may choose built-up or PVC roofing, while budget-conscious owners may choose EPDM. PVC and TPO are both popular single membrane roof options. They’re easy to install and work hard to keep out the elements – especially important with unpredictable New England weather.
Roof repairs are difficult to plan and budget for, which is why you need a contractor who has the installation and maintenance experience to keep your roof strong and leak-free for years to come. The right commercial roof contractor thoroughly understands all flat roof options and will provide priceless advice to a commercial business owner who has hundreds of other things to do. When you choose a contractor who pairs quality products and professional crews to not only install but also service your roof, you will extend the life of your roof, saving time and money.
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With the proper maintenance, there isn’t a fluid applied roofing solution that won’t extend the life of your roof indefinitely. There are however, different fluid applied solutions that can be used in different situations to get the best results.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a fluid applied roofing solution.
Your Pre-Existing Roof
Each roof is different. There are many different types of roofing as well as numerous different contractors. The quality of workmanship on your pre-existing roof could very well have an impact on the fluid you should choose. For example, the slope and drainage of your roof can determine problem areas for ponding water. Also, any pre-existing HVAC units on the roof and the potential need for future installations on your roof are a factor to consider when choosing your fluid.
Mother-Nature & Fluid Applied Roofing Solutions
Largely speaking however, the biggest determining factors will be the weather. Whether it’s extreme cold temperatures, extreme hot temperatures, both of those extremes in a given year, extreme winds, or extreme precipitation, a professional will be able to tell you what fluid is likely to hold up best against nature’s elements in your environment. Inherently speaking, fluid-applied roofs are chemically engineered to handle extreme elements, but there are still reasons why one might be better suited for your environment.
The Fluid Applied Application Process
Each fluid requires a different application process, which ultimately equates to dollars. Your primary focus should be to make sure that the integrity of your roof is protected for as long as possible. Secondary to that, which is directly related to the first concern, will be to choose the most cost-effective approach, not only short term, but for the life of your building.
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