When you are preparing to install a roof on your commercial building, it is natural to look at the different types of commercial roof designs available before deciding on the one to go for. With so many roofing designs coming up every day, you will likely be spoilt for choice. You might even end up choosing the wrong design for your commercial building.
Since we want you to feel empowered when you start receiving roofing quotations from different contractors, we have put together a list of some of the most popular commercial roof designs for your review.
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
A spray polyurethane foam roof involves spraying polyurethane liquid material, which then expands into a foam, forming a solid layer across the existing roof. This type of roof design has proved to be very friendly to the environment. Although it is not the most popular roof design, SPF’s technology has been in use since the 1960s. It is commonly used in commercial and industrial structures. The other advantage of installing this type of roof is that it is completely waterproof and offers additional insulation. However, you can only install this type of roof in favorable weather conditions, without rain, ice, or snow. Also, it requires an annual inspection.
Metal Roofing Design
Metal roofing remains one of the most popular commercial roof designs because of its durability and visual appeal. Since there are many types of metal roofing systems to choose from, it is straightforward for you to customize your commercial roof design. Some standard metal roofing systems include corrugated galvanized steel, aluminum, zinc, tin, tile sheets, copper, and coated or stainless steel.
The benefit of using metal roofing materials is that they add a stylish, finished look and have solid fireproof ratings. Furthermore, they are expected to last for more than 60 years without replacement. Their only downside is that they are susceptible to corrosion. Nevertheless, modern metal roofing materials come with a protective surface layer to protect them against the elements.
Thermoset EPDM Membrane Roof
This roof design is made of ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM)–a durable, roll-based synthetic rubber membrane known for its unparalleled resistance to excess sunlight and pollution. This roofing material is also highly adaptable and easy to install. The single-ply rubber comes in white and black rolls and can withstand acid and alcohol solvents. Its only downside is that it is not very pretty and can get punctured easily.