Regardless of what type of business you may have, a roof is crucial to any commercial space. Roofs keep your business safe from the elements and secure from the outside world. Depending on what industry you work in, the roof can play a huge role in maintaining the temperature inside which is crucial to some products.

A roof is a very important part of any commercial building and with so many options available, how are you supposed to know which one to choose? With an investment as big and important as a new roof, it is important to feel confident in the option you choose to go with. That is why today we will be talking about some of the most common commercial roof types along with some of their benefits and downsides. 

At Liberty Roofworks we strongly believe that all home and business owners should have easy access to accurate and reliable roofing information. This gives them the option to learn more about the world of roofing and educate themselves about all the different options and ideas. When owners are educated on roofing they are far less likely to fall for roofing scams and can make informed decisions on what would be best for their building and situation. That is why we created our Learning Hub, an online blog where we post new roofing-related content every week on a variety of different topics. Check it out for yourself!

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a great option for those looking for a roof with a longer lifespan as it can last anywhere from 40 to 60 years when installed and maintained properly. There are a few different metal roofing systems to choose from including copper, aluminum, and stainless steel just to name some. Each one varies in price, but it is important to note that metal roofing in general does tend to fall more on the expensive side compared to other roofing options.

Certain types of metal roofing can come with unique functions to them, separating them from other options. One example of this is a built-in snow removal feature which is especially great for commercial buildings located in the midwest or other areas with harsher winters. Metal roofings also give businesses a stronger curb appeal, which essentially means it is more aesthetically pleasing than other roofing options due to their sleek look.

Overall, metal roofing is a great option and there are many types to choose from. To know which type is best for your business we encourage you to speak with a local roofing professional and get their opinion as well as learn what your options are.

Spray-On Roofing

Spray-on roofing, also known as spray Polyurethane Foam or SPF for short, is another great option available for businesses to choose from. This option goes on top of an already-installed roof and turns into foam once sprayed. The foam then dries and the result is a hard and reliable roof. Unlike metal roofing, there are no seams with this roof type giving it a more smooth look. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean it has more aesthetic qualities. It really comes down to what your preference is and how you want your roof to look.

Spray-on roofing is the easiest option as far as installation goes, but we still always recommend leaving the installation to a professional. Compared to metal roofing, SPF roofs are less expensive to install but only last up to 20 years, so be sure to keep that in mind. SPF roofs are easier to damage compared to the other options and should only be installed by a professional with prior experience using this material. The most common type of damage to this type of roof is puncture marks due to the material that is used. However, it is important to note that while these puncture marks or cracks in the dried foam are annoying, they are relatively easy to fix.

Spray-on roofing is a good option for those looking for a cheaper roofing solution. They come with their own unique set of pros and cons, but when properly maintained and installed many are left happy with their investment. 

TPO Membrane

TPO stands for Thermoplastic Polyolefin, a rubber-like membrane roof that comes in large rolls. When installed, the rolls are cut to the size of the roof and attached at the seams using an adhesive material or even heat depending on who is installing it. TPO roofing holds up really well in most weather conditions and can even reflect heat, making it easier to maintain a cooler environment which is perfect for warmer climates.

TPO roofs tend to be very lightweight and are quick to install. This is another lower-cost option that is good for those on a budget, however, to know the exact price you will have to get a quote from a professional as some factors can impact this. Some things that can impact the price include how long you want your warranty to last and what type of insulation you want just to name a couple. If a TPO roof is what you decide to go with, be careful when choosing which manufacturer your material comes from. TPO roofs are a great option, but only when they are of high quality. Cheaper TPO material is available out there, but it fails to get the job done nearly as well as a high-quality one would, and it ends up costing you more money down the line.

Areas that experience a lot of rain throughout the year may particularly love TPO roofing due to it being waterproof. TPO roofs are actually used a lot on homes with flat roofs for this very reason.TPO and other membrane roofs are highly customizable and can include a wide array of features, or be very simplistic. The choice is up to you! 

Wrapping it up

There are many different commercial roofing options available but these are just three options that are seen a lot. Every business and situation requires something different and it may take a bit more research to decide which roofing material is best for your building. Aside from online resources such as our Learning Hub, reaching out to a local roofing company with experience in commercial roofing is another great way to learn more about what your options may be.

When choosing a roofing material it is important to keep a few things in mind such as what your budget is and what special qualities or features are needed or would positively impact your company and space. With today’s modern roofing capabilities and customizable options, you are sure to find the perfect fit for you. 

Just like with residential roofing, your roof will only last as long as you care for it. Regardless of the roofing material you decide on, routine inspections are always recommended, that way you can catch damage early on and prevent severe issues and money loss down the line. Some roof types require more maintenance while others require close to none, so keep that in the back of your head as well. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when deciding on a roof type, so never hesitate to ask questions and never feel pressured into making a quick decision with a company.

We hope that you now feel more informed about what some of your roofing options are and that you can make a more informed decision on what material you would like to go with. If you would like to learn more about some commercial roofing options, check out some of our Learning Hub articles about metal and TPO roofs!

We are here to help!

At Liberty Roofworks we understand how important a roof is to business and what a serious investment it is. With investments this big, it is important that you trust your contractors and their abilities. That is why we take what we do very seriously so that you never have a doubt in your head.

Customer satisfaction is our absolute top priority and we pride ourselves on our customer service skills. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have at any point in the installation or repair process, and we keep our clients updated as the project is active so that they are never left in the dark. All of our roofers are professionally trained, licensed, and insured. We are no strangers to commercial roofing and have experience working with all types of different roofing materials. 

This family-owned and operated business has over twenty years of professional roofing experience under our belts, and that number just keeps increasing. Are you looking to have a commercial roof installed? Whether you are ready to begin construction or are eager to learn what your options are, we got you covered. Contact us today and we will be more than happy to schedule an inspection of your roof and answer any questions you may have. With us, roofing is easy!

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