What Are the Best Materials to Choose for Your Commercial Roof?

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What Are the Best Materials to Choose for Your Commercial Roof?
April 27
By Luke Wilson | Roofing Contractors

Focus on Commercial Roofing

Commercial roofing requires a different kind of approach than residential roofing. Unlike most home roofs, a commercial roof is usually designed to cover a much larger building. High-pitched roofs aren’t common in these situations, as they’re more expensive to build and are less practical for wider roof spans. For this reason, large commercial facilities tend to have flat or low-slope roofs. Several different types of material are used to cover commercial roofs like these, but some have more benefits than others.

What’s the Best Material to Use for Your Commercial Roof?

There isn’t one single best option for every circumstance, as it really depends somewhat upon the size and slope of your commercial roof, along with the budget you have to work with. Most commercial buildings have either low-pitch or flat roofs. As a general rule, the flatter the roof, the greater the potential for leaks, and the more frequent inspections you’ll need. Here are four of the most recommended commercial roofing material options:

  • PVC Roofing: PVC (short for polyvinyl chloride) is a plastic recognized for its affordability and durability. PVC is resistant to chemicals, making it ideal for commercial or industrial facilities, as well as restaurants or other buildings with grease traps on the roof. The membrane provides effective UV protection, and is both flexible and durable. If properly installed, a PVC roofing system can last 20+ years, and requires only a minimal amount of maintenance.
  • TPO Roofing: TPO (short for thermoplastic polyolefin) is one of the more popular commercial roofing materials in use, thanks to its reasonable price point and reliable service. TPO is currently the fastest-growing segment of thesingle-ply commercial roofing market, and is resistant to dirt, bacteria, algae, and debris buildup. It also includes built-in UV protection.
  • EDPM Roofing: EDPM stands for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer. It’s a synthetic rubber material commonly used in commercial (as well as some residential) structures. It’s available in three levels of thickness, each designed for increasingly greater longevity. One advantage to rubber roofing is that repairs are usually quick and inexpensive. In the past EDPM only came in black, but now there are white-on-black options in response to the growing popularity of cool roofs.
  • Metal Roofing: Even though single-ply roofing is still popular, a commercial standing seam metal roof is really your ideal solution for any roof with a slope of 2 inches or greater. While metal roofing is more expensive than a membrane or built-up roof, it’s also much longer lasting and needs much less maintenance. It’s easier to clean and retains its finish longer, too. The metal substrate itself should really last you a lifetime as long as it’s covered with a good protection system like Kynar 500.

Why Skywalker Roofing Is the Name You Can Trust for Commercial Roofing in NC and VA

What’s different about Skywalker Roofing? Plenty! Skywalker treats each and every commercial client as if you were our ONLY client, and that’s how we’ve operated for over 17 years. Working with materials like PVC, TPO, EDPM, and standing seam metal roofing requires specialized tools, training, and experience, which is something that many of our competitors simply don’t have.

Another thing that sets Skywalker apart is the fact that we don’t just put on new commercial roofs or replace existing roofs. We also offer full commercial roof repair services, and we’d be happy to come out and give your commercial roof a FREE and thorough initial inspection. We’ll sit down with you to discuss what we find, and we can provide estimates for repair (if viable) and replacement options. Other roofing contractors may only warranty their roof installations and replacements, but we warranty our repair work, too.

Skywalker Roofing is the only commercial roofing solution you should consider in the NC Triad, NC Triangle, Charlotte Metro, and Roanoke, VA areas! But don’t just take it from us – take some time to see what our satisfied customers and clients have to say about us on Guild Quality.

If you’d like to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your roof is truly delivering the protection you need for your business, give us a call at +1 (336) 627-5596 today! It would be our honor and pleasure to show you the Skywalker difference!

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson

Owner - Skywalker Roofing

Luke Wilson started working on roofs with his dad when he was a teenager, and eventually launched Skywalker Roofing in 2003. Skywalker operates in 5 locations across NC & VA, and now includes windows, siding, and other exterior services. Luke also hosts the popular Roofing Mythbusters series on YouTube.

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