If you're in the phase of constructing an industrial roof, you might be wondering what kind of material to use going forward. In the past, there were few options to choose from but modern technology has brought a new group of options onto the market. Commercials roofs can now be made out of everything from wood to plastic to Eco-friendly materials. Here are the roofing materials you may want to consider:
TPO (Thermoplastic Roofing)
TPO, or Thermoplastic Roofing, is one of the quickest growing systems in the roofing industry in terms of demand. It is durable, flexible in low temperatures (keeping it from cracking) and even tolerant at high temperatures. Ozone, ultraviolet, or chemical threats don't carry much weight with this type of roofing. With an expected life span of around 20 years, you can have peace of mind that your family will be protected from the elements.
Built-Up Flat Roof
Also called a smooth built-up roof or even a tar-and-gravel roof, this variety features a low slope that consists of several layers of water-resistant materials and tar. The final touch is gravel, which holds the rest of the material down and protects it from UV rays. While the costs can be lower than other roofs, a lower life span of 10 to 20 years is expected.
As energy becomes increasingly expensive and Americans look toward more efficient energy consumption, solar energy roofing systems are on the rise. PV solar roofing panels can be installed over your rooftop or combined with glass and tile to form its own roof. It will absorb sunlight and convert it into raw energy for your usage (or even for sale back to the power companies or government grid). While expensive to install, the benefit on long-term energy use is notable.
You may be surprised to hear about green roofs being an option. They don't fit the bill of your typical concrete, stone, or asphalt roofing but they have gained notoriety in recent years. Technically called Sedum Green roofs, these flat roofs have vegetation and soil that is planted onto a membrane.
The membrane protects your roof from moisture leaks while the greenery reduces your carbon footprint and urban heat island effect by soaking up the excess energy. This can have a result of insulating your roof and reducing your cooling costs, meaning you shouldn't discount it as odd or obscure.
Choosing your commercial roofing material isn't as easy as it used to be. Now, with so many options, it's important to know the benefits of using traditional materials and even new, Eco-friendly materials for your bottom line and for the environment. If you still have questions or want more help, try contacting a professional commercial roofing contractor for more information.