South Florida Commercial Roofers
Types of Roofing for Repairs & New Construction
Our skilled Roof Doctors technicians know how to operate on roofing issues with near surgical precision. But what good is surgical precision without a thorough understanding of the different types of roofing anatomy? As a commercial property owner, you must get to know the roof hanging over your head.
Roof damage or leakage won’t just inconvenience you: it can inconvenience your customers, your clients, your colleagues, tenants and your entire business at large.
This is easily the most common flat-plane roofing material used for commercial buildings. As the name implies, this type of roofing is “built up” across multiple layers of asphalt and roofing ply felts with an outer top “aggregate” usually composed of stone or gravel. These built-up layers may also be an amalgamation of some of the other materials mentioned below, including bitumen or ply roofing.
Built-up roofing offers your property excellent water protection, fire resistance, and very low maintenance. Unfortunately, installation can be a long, arduous process, which often involves toxic chemicals, so that may entail closing your business for a few days longer than desired.
Moreover, it has a 15-30 year average life expectancy, which may sound like a lot, but when you consider that other roofing materials can last up to 50 or 100 years, it’s a relatively short lifespan in the grand scheme of things. To make the most of that lifespan, repair cracks, blisters, and any damage right away, and maintain routine roof doctor check-ups.
Commonly used for low-slope roofing, single-ply roofing is simple, minimalist, and highly easy to assemble. This sort of roofing assembly can be:
- Mechanically attached
- Retrofitted over metal
- Fully adhered
The typical single-ply roofing lifespan is between 10-30 years, making regular care and checkups all the more critical.
Akin to standard built-up roofing, modified bitumen is composed of multiple layers. Five, to be exact:
- Insulation: Helps reinforce temperature regulation in the roofing system.
- Modified Base Sheets: Usually made out of rugged, durable composite.
- Sheet Membrane: A polyester, polymer, or fiberglass composite layer.
- Adhesive: Waterproofing material applied with a bonding agent.
- Surfacing: Provides additional durability and weathering resistance.
These layers work together to offer some of the most robust protection available on the market, the highest tensile strength available on the market, and are often supported with long-term warranties. With a 20-30 year life expectancy, and resiliency to almost any climate, this roofing material certainly is a worthwhile investment if you can afford it.
Metal roofing is often expensive, but the investment will practically pay for itself, as it’s fire-resistant, waterproof, energy resistant, and enduring, maintenance and maintenance costs will often be lower than average.
These roofs are 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan, can withstand even the most turbulent wind gusts, and may last you through the rest of your own life. State Farm estimates that most roofs have a 40-70 year lifespan, which is enough to sustain your business for generations to come.
Even so, roofing fasteners, washers, and screws have their independent lifespans, so it’s still essential to keep up with them regularly. But no matter which roofing material you use for your South Florida business, you can count on the Roof Doctors to keep it healthy, lasting, and resilient for as long as possible.
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