If you’d ask any contractor, they’d often recommend flat roofs are the best choice for your building. It’s fast to install, easy to procure, and you can repair and replace them as soon as possible. True enough, if you’re chasing improved property aesthetic, you can always use commercial-grade asphalt shingles or clay tiles to bring out that traditional look. However, it’s less practical because it can be more expensive and takes much time to install, repair, and replace.
We at Cox Roofing highly recommend flat roofing materials, such as EPDM, TPO, and PVC, for practical reasons we’ve listed below.
The price is always right. And thankfully, there’s a good price on flat roofing thanks to the stable supply and demand of flat roofing materials. In addition, the cost of roofing materials is lower thanks to their high recyclability. Therefore, even if you are only using EPDM, the most affordable roofing material priced at $0.5 per square foot, you can quickly have it installed thanks to its self-adhering properties, receive 25 years of excellent roofing protection, and have a swift roof replacement in the future once it reaches the end of its lifespan.
Asphalt shingle roofs require a slope for excellent installation — and that is true for commercial-purpose asphalt shingle, clay tile, slate tile, and other traditional roofing materials. Therefore, you’ll need to build additional roofing structures to create a high slope. Roofing shingles and tiles do not work without slopes.
With flat roof materials, you’ll only need your existing building’s flat top. Roofers will only reinforce the underlayment and install your roofing material according to its specifications. For example, PVC roofs will require torches for excellent roofing that guarantees an airtight seal and top-level insulation
Maximized Building Space
Commercial roofs using traditional materials need to build an additional roofing slope on top of its flat surface. However, it’s better to maximize this triangular, sloped space to have four instead of three corners. In doing so, building owners can store additional materials or use it as an additional space for tenants to stay in. Furthermore, if the structure can accommodate it, the flat roof surface can handle HVAC structures and vents without problems.
PVC is one of the best materials for handling heavy-duty roofing equipment with its 300 pounds-per-inch (PPI) capable of carrying HVAC units and additional materials and devices in the building.
Easy Repair and Replacement
Lastly, it’s easy to trace leak-causing damages on your flat roof and have it repaired. Sealing caulks and market-read sealant application makes it easy to address these issues for the short term. Roofing contractors can cut seams and re-apply a new seam in a single day. Torched PVC roofing is easy to remove through a tear off, and the material makes it easy to install the same material after cleaning too.
Make sure you’re working with experienced commercial roofers for all your flat roof installation, repairs, and replacements. You can depend on us at Cox Roofing to provide you the high-quality of roofing you need. Contact us today!