A Quick Guide for Commercial Roofing in 2021

David Maxwell | February 4, 2021

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On a commercial building, the roof is the single most important part of the structure. The roof protects the building, supports critical building equipment, and ensures that the building is properly ventilated. Even busy corporate building owners should have a working knowledge of commercial roof construction, so we’ve prepared this commercial roofing construction guide to outline the basics.

What Is Commercial Roofing?

Everyone knows what a roof is—every building has one—but most people do not realize all the functions a commercial building’s roof must serve. Most commercial roof projects produce a flat or low-slope roof that can support HVAC equipment, hold skylights, and prevent damage. 

Types of Commercial Roofs

In 2021, commercial roofing has more innovations than ever before. Here are just a few of the most common roofing options for commercial buildings:

1. Built-Up Roofing: BUR roofs use layers of fabric and asphalt for waterproofing and protection. This is one of the most common types of commercial roofing construction, but it can be expensive.

2. EPDM Roofing: EPDM (or rubber) roofs are one of the most cost-effective commercial roofing options, but they can be prone to punctures and can be damaged in extreme heat.

3. PVC: PVC is one of the newest roofing technologies. This single-ply membrane system is wind-resistant, durable, and fire resistant.

4. Metal Roofing: Metal roofs are the most durable option for commercial roof construction. Metal roofs last for a long time and can provide your building with a unique look.

Commercial Roof Contractors

There are plenty of great residential roof contractors out there, but most of those companies would have no idea what to do with a commercial roof. When searching for a commercial roofing contractor, it’s important to find a company that specializes in commercial buildings.

Keep a look out for roofing companies that have a long history and a good reputation. These contractors are the most likely to deliver a long-lasting, high-quality roof. Commercial roofs are expensive and require expert attention.  

If you’re ready to start construction on your new commercial roof, don’t hesitate to contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today! Our team is equipped and ready to help.

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