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FLAT ROOFS: WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDERS?

Nov 10

FLAT ROOFS: WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDERS?

By Portland Commercial Roofing

Flat roofs have become more popular in commercial buildings. Why is this so? Flat roofs provide flexibility and functionality in the best way. Flat roofs don't have flat surfaces, even though they are called flat. They can slope slightly. Flat roofs have sleek lines which enhance a building’s aesthetics. Flat roofing is popular in commercial buildings for many reasons. But let's begin by discussing the materials used.

 

FLAT ROOFING: IMPORTANT MATERIALS

Builders love commercial flat roofs as they are more economical and can be produced in large quantities. Continue reading to learn all about them.

 

TPO

 

Thermoplastic rubber (TPO) is a synthetic resin that has the same basic qualities as Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer. The vinyl composite makes it resistant to heat. It's also brightly colored, which helps reflect ultraviolet rays and insulate. This raw product is preferred by commercial builders over EPDM roofs, even though it's more expensive.

 

PVC

 

The flat roofing, furniture, as well as piping systems are made from polyvinylchloride (PVC), which is a tough material. PVC roofs can withstand 350 pounds per inch (PPI) A commercial flat roofing system should have a minimum of 250 PPI. Because of its versatility flat roofing is a popular choice for the roofing industry.

 

EPDM

 

Ethylene Propylene Diene Polymer is the best choice for commercial roofing. These roofs can be light-colored, reflect sunlight and provide insulation. It is not recommended to be used with heavy materials because it could result in penetration. It's a fantastic roofing solution and can last over 30 years with proper care.

 

Asphalt

 

Asphalt is used in the construction of roads and bridges. But roofing requires a special type of asphalt. Manufacturers produce special asphalt to be used for flat roofing membranes. It is extremely durable, can provide insulation, and can last up to 50 years. It's used in premium hotels to create sky gardens, designer decks, bars, as well as for its strength.

 

Metal

 

Metal is the most suitable choice for commercial property owners because it is strong, durable, and can last up to 50 years. It's easy to fix and restore. Commercial roofers love it for its flexibility, even though the price is high.

 

FLAT ROOFS ARE COMMON IN ALL COMMERCIAL BUILDERS FOR PRIVATE REASONS

Here's why flat roofing is so common in the commercial sector.

 

1. Affordable

 

Flat roofing is very popular with contractors and property owners. Flat roofing costs are very low because it uses very little raw material. It can be installed quickly depending on how big the building is. Flat roofs are very affordable, though the cost of the raw materials can vary.

 

2. Space Optimization

 

Commercial buildings need lots of roof space. You can make use of this space in many different ways. Flat roofs can be turned into sky gardens by hotels with bars and decks. Commercial buildings use these roofs often to house a swimming pool. The roof is also where HVAC and ventilation systems are located in warehouses and manufacturing plants.

 

3. Durability

 

Metal, EPDM and asphalt are all good options for flat roofing materials. Asphalt lasts for 50 years and EPDM can last for 30 years if it is properly maintained.

 

4. Efficient Drainage Systems

 

Rainwater harvesting is an old practice. This can be done with flat roofs. Commercial properties can now install rainwater roll-off systems that store the water and prevent it from clogging the roof. This system can also help to distribute rainwater and make it a sustainable resource that can be used later to water plants or refill fountains.

 

5. Maintenance

 

Flat roof maintenance will be much easier than for other types of roofs. Flat roofs are easier than other types of roofs to detect water leakage or other damage. Flat roofs are also easy to repair. It is possible to repair a roof without much difficulty. However, it is a smart idea to contact a professional for proper maintenance.

 

6. Convertible Space

 

Contractors in commercial construction often see flat roofs and consider them to be convertible spaces. Commercial properties often use their roofs in order to provide additional parking. Some manufacturing plants even store their products on their flat roofs. Many commercial builders are now looking for alternative sources such as rooftop solar cells.

 

Flat roofs can maximize space, reduce costs, improve aesthetics, and prolong the life of a structure.

 

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