When making decisions, whether for commercial or residential roofing, you will likely face this one crucial step: choosing among roof materials and systems. In this post, we’ll share with you four of the most popular commercial roofing systems and hopefully guide you into choosing the best one for your property.
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is a highly durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane. It is composed of two primary components, ethylene and propylene, which are derived from natural gas and oil. EPDM roof membranes are available in black and white. They are essentially adhered to the roof, with the seams sealed by applying specially formulated liquid adhesives or tapes. They can withstand the effects of different climates very well and can last for 40 years or more.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a type of roof membrane system that offers a nice set of benefits. It is known for its durability, flexibility and general resistance to chemicals, fire and wind. PVC roofs also offer good reflectivity, making them a cool roof option. PVC membranes can be welded throughout their lifetime and recycled endlessly. Additionally, they are durable yet lightweight, so they won’t cause strain on a building’s roof and will likely need only minor roof repair.
BUR (built-up roof) membranes are composed of alternating layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics, giving them the nickname tar and gravel roofs. BUR membranes have an average life expectancy of 15 to 30 years and can even exceed 40 years. They provide excellent waterproofing and UV protection.
TPO (thermoplastic olefin) is a kind of single-ply roofing membrane that was first introduced in the early 90s. It is known for being cost-efficient. It offers outstanding durability and energy efficiency but at just a fraction of the cost compared to other flat roofing options.
If you need professional help in choosing among these top commercial roof options, get in touch with American Roofing, Inc. Call us at (216) 307-3898 or submit our online form to schedule a consultation. We also offer roof repair, replacement and maintenance. We serve clients in Mentor and Cleveland, OH, and other surrounding areas.