4 Ways Architecture Can Affect Commercial Roofing

Kathleen Maxwell

rooftop bar on broadway in Nashville

As the chief designer of a building, an architect’s decisions affect every part of a building, including the roof. While the architect is responsible for the overall building, they will usually hire a consultant to ensure that the building’s architecture works together with the roof’s design. Here are a few ways that roofing architecture can affect the function and design of a commercial roof.

1. The building envelope.

Roofs play an important role in waterproofing and weather-proofing a building. The protective membrane that roofs use to keep the inside of a building safe is known as the building envelope. Architecture and design of a building can change the types of membranes and protective coverings that can be used on a roof, which in turn can affect how well the roof functions as the building’s most important protective service. Architects often rely on roofing consultants to help ensure that the building envelope can be optimized to work well with the design and still prevent leaks.

2. Weather ready design.

Different climates and weather patterns determine roof needs. Buildings in places with hurricanes or heavy rain and snow need roof designs that protect it from those weather events. Architects may opt for certain roofing materials or vary the pitch of a roof to deal with these weather phenomenons. The building’s architecture will affect the way the roof is designed, but architects should consult a roof technician to ensure that the roof design will be able to fend off the weather.

3. Green design.

The roof is one of the most important elements of buildings that are designed for optimal energy efficiency. Many green buildings use their roofs to support solar panels or vegetative roof systems. Other buildings will use the roof for insulation or skylights. All of these require particular roof architecture and design. Green roof specialists can help with this design process.

4. Architectural roofing.

Architects will often use a roof for a particular design element. While this can do a lot to affect a building’s look and feel, it can also affect the functionality of a commercial roof. It’s important that an architect consult a commercial roofer before completing the final drawings of a building. Roof pitch, roof material, and roof size can all affect the way the roof functions, which can affect the long-term protection of the building.

To learn more about how architectural design and commercial roofing work together to create safe and functional buildings, contact Maxwell Roofing and Sheet Metal today.


Search Resources

Popular Tags

2020 2020 commercial roof Accounts Payable Administrative Office Coordinator aerial roof moisture survey Alabama anchored article Anchored Client Spotlight Anchored Employee Spotlight architectural design asphalt Baker Twins Real Estate Brentwood Baptist Church Brian Mecomber Budgeting building maintenance building temperatures Chelsey Cole church roofing Claudette Patterson client spotlight client testimonial clogged drainage Colliers International commecial roofing commercial buildings Commercial Properties Commercial Roof commercial roof budgeting commercial roof construction commercial roof inspection commercial roof maintenance commercial roof materials commercial roof problems Commercial Roof Replacement commercial roofing commercial roofing in Nashville Commercial Roofing Partner Commercial Roofing Preventative Maintenance commercial roofing strategy commercial roofing technology commercial roofing terminology commercial roofs common questions comprehensive roof assessments comprehensive roof maintenance Connection Between Insulation & Commercial Roofing construction construction manager construction misconceptions Contractor Contractor Warranties Controller cool roof cool roofing coronavirus COVID-19 customer service dan maxwell Design Do's and Don't of Roof Installations draining system Drone Inspections drying durable materials Eco-Friendly Eco-Friendly Commercial Roofing Options Elevated roof moisture survey emergency helpline emergency repair employee appreciation employee spotlight employee training energy costs energy efficient tips Ensworth School estimates estimating estimator Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer Fabrication fall checklist Featured Article Featured Client Spotlight Featured Employee Featured Employee Spotlight flashing flat roof forecasting Full-service roofing services Grease Traps Green Roof green roofing heat damage hiring Horrell Company Huntsville Huntsville Commercial Roofing HVAC HVAC systems ice damage improve performance Infrared Moisture Infrared Moisture Surveys inspection plan Inspections Installation Insulation jackie sprout John Blue Realty John Maxwell Journey Design Group Kalen Canaday Leak Prevention Leaks longevity of a roof low-slope commercial roof maintenance maintenance plan Manufacturer Warranties Martha Walden Material Warranties Matt Matthews MAXCare Maxwell Monitors Maxwell Roofing Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal Maxwell Roofing Client Spotlight Maxwell Roofing employee maxwell roofing experience Metal Roof moisture retention Nashville Nashville Commercial Roofing nashville roof recovery nashville roof recovery systems Nashville Roofing Nashville Roofing Partner nashville winter National Safety Month Next Generation Net Lease ongoing roof maintenance open penetrations planning for emergencies ponding water Preparing for winter prevent a roofing emergency preventative maintenance proactive maintenance project manager PVC membranes Quality Ray Ferguson RCP Companies recovery systems Recycled or Biodegradable Roof Material regular inspections Reputation Risk Management roof assessments roof budget roof construction roof curbs roof damage roof debris removal roof diffusers Roof Drain Debris Removal roof inspections Roof Installation Roof installation tips roof leak repairs Roof leaks roof life expectancy Roof Maintenance roof management roof materials roof performance roof preventative maintenance roof repair roof replacement roof replacements roof safety roof weatherproofing Roofers Coffee Shop Roofing roofing budget roofing care roofing cleaning Roofing Company roofing costs roofing employees roofing industry roofing maintenance roofing materials roofing mistakes roofing problems Roofing Products roofing sales Roofing Specialists rooftop bar rooftop deck rooftop features Rooftop grease traps Rooftop moisture survey rooftop patio rooftop safety safe construction Safety Samples Properties school roof construction school roofing safety school safety seasonal maintenance service account manager service and repair services sheet metal sheet metal fabrication singly ply roofing systems Skyline Replacement Skyline Replacement Tips sloped commercial roof Solar Panels Spray Polyurethane Foam Summer Heat summer kick-off party summer maintenance sun damage temperature control The EDGE estimating software thermal proofing Thermoplastic Polyolefin Tips for Commercial Roofing top talent TPO membranes Under-roof moisture survey warranties Warranty waterproofing white reflective roofs White Roof wind resistance

What Do Our Customers Have to Say?


Read Our Reviews