Commercial and residential properties belong in completely different roofing categories, but serve the same purpose: to protect the property from the elements. There are certain factors that explain why shingle roofing, for example, works on certain building types. Let us give you an overview of the things that we consider when choosing the perfect roof for any type of property.
The slope refers to the angle of the roof and plays a large part in determining which roofing material to choose for a particular building. A steep slope is ideal for average homes because it effectively sheds rainwater into the gutters and is visible from the ground, adding an aesthetic element. Asphalt shingles, metal and slate are ideal for steep slopes while tile is better for medium slopes.
Commercial properties typically have low-slope roofs for several reasons: with a bigger floor area, a steep sloped roof would be ridiculously large and impractical to maintain. And with most commercial properties being several stories high, curb appeal wouldn’t be a consideration at all. The rooftop can also be used for siting HVAC units or even be converted to a rooftop cafe or a similar establishment. TPO and EPDM have become popular roofing choices, but if you expect high foot traffic, then traditional built-up roofing (BUR; also known as tar-and-gravel roofs) or modified bitumen is ideal.
Weight is a consideration if you’re planning on, say, switching from asphalt shingle to tile roofing, the latter being much heavier than the former. There are options, such as GAF Timberline® and Designer® Shingles, that you can choose if you wish to achieve a certain look without the weight, cost and maintenance associated with slate and wood shakes. Modern commercial properties are less concerned with weight as the substrate often has a concrete layer.
A long roof life span is ideal, especially for commercial properties, as it is favorable to the building’s upkeep and long-term costs. For the average homeowner, a 30-year expected life span is often enough. But if you prefer something with a significantly longer life span, there are other options you can explore, such as metal, tile or slate. Whatever roofing system you choose, keep in mind that proper maintenance is essential to maximizing its lifespan.
Updating the roofing material is often necessary as your home or commercial property can benefit from recent roofing innovations. To learn more about our roofing options, including flat roofing, call Elite Roofing Solutions today at (855) 588-6610. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection. We serve The Woodlands and nearby areas in Texas.