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TPO Roofing, known as an energy star rated eco-friendly flat roofing option.
EPDM Roofing Systems are an economical install without disturbing day to day business.
PVC Roofing is popular for being heat reflective, lightweight, & eco-friendly
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Modified Bitumen is the classic standard in flat roofing, but has recently fallen in popularity.
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Industrial roofing installations and the issues industrial building owners face can be drastically different from the issues involved in commercial roofing systems. An industrial building owner has extra responsibilities when it comes to personal safety as well as keeping the contents of the building safe. They need to be aware of potential issues and look for solutions before they arise. Many people don’t fully grasp the differences in industrial and commercial roofing applications, but these two industries are very different and they should be handled differently.
Our experience in industrial roofing is diverse and we know these industry differences very well. We can offer expert advice to best meet your business requirements and ensure that after your industrial roof installation is complete, your roof is the last thing you will have to worry about.
What's an Industrial Roof?
Installing a roofing system to a factory or a commercial building can seem like an overwhelming task, however, with some knowledge of the basics of the industrial roofing industry, it might not seem so daunting. The majority of factory and commercial building owners tend to use a flat roofing system, as they are the most common roofing system for industrial applications. A typical industrial/commercial flat roof covers a wide area, allowing for large industrial facilities to avoid having to be a certain height in order to accommodate for the pitch of a sloped roof style. Another good reason that the majority of owners choose a flat roofing system is that a flat roof provides an industrial building extra space to accommodate heating and cooling equipment and keep them away from the production floor. Finally, flat roofs are less expensive than peaked options, which makes it an easy decision for industrial building owners. It’s important and helpful for a roofing installer to be familiar with the unique demands of flat roofs, from load-bearing requirements to the difficulties of standing water and buckling. Choosing a roofing system that is designed to address these issues will help ensure a longer lifespan and better performance from your roof.
Varying roofing systems require different components as well as different solutions to the hazards a roof may face, so of course, industrial roofs and commercial roofs are very different. The main difference is because industrial roofing systems are subject to more sources of damage over the years, such as rapid heat fluctuation, chemical smokes, and debris. The surface of the roofing is also in danger of being damaged by things such as dirt, which slowly but surely weaken areas of the roof system. Not all industrial roofs are alike though, and an experienced industrial roofing contractor can help you determine which solution is best for your needs.
Industrial roofing materials are designed for years of reliable use. The purpose of these materials is to keep out water, guard against leaks, mold, mildew, and rot. Another requirement is that industrial roofing materials must be able to prevent damage from UV rays, hail, extreme winds, acid rain, and more. Many industrial roofing products are rated for fire resistance. Therefore, any facilities that deal with flammable materials and other volatile components would benefit from them. When choosing your industrial roofing materials, it’s imperative to understand the risks and hazards that will be exposed to your roof in order to pick the best roofing material for you.
Industrial Roofing Services
With industrial roofing comes industrial roofing contractors and the services that they provide. The following services that we provide are :
- Application of waterproof materials to protect the roof during all possible weather conditions.
- Installation of roof structures such as rafters and beams
- Building a roof from scratch as well as rooftop landscaping
- Tile and shingle removal & installation
- Tar application and rubber roof installation
- Roof & job site cleaning
Industrial roofing is not an easy job and it requires business owners to be familiar with the process before selecting an industrial roofing contractor to work with. Just as there are different materials for commercial and residential roofing there are different materials for industrial roofing. There is a wide selection of industrial roofing materials on the market. Each material can be used to protect and insulate a business’s building. However, each of the materials varies in the manner that they are installed, how they are secured, the composition of the materials, the benefits they come with, and how well they would function.
Industrial roofing systems are usually vulnerable to many hazards, like rapid variations between hot and cold, and even chemical smokes and steams. Most industrial roofs are used for factories, warehouses, and processing plants where high powered machinery is used. Therefore, it is highly recommended that a building owner consults with a professional industrial roofing contractor because they would be able to guide them through the particular requirements that are involved with an industrial roof. A typical sight you see on many industrial roofs is the storage areas for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning appliances, in addition to many vents and exhausts. Each addition to the roofing system calls for more protection from leaks, but the roofing materials also need to be able to expand and contract as the temperature changes as well as be able to withstand the added weight from the additions to the roof.
Some of the different types of industrial roofing systems are Built-Up, EPDM, TPO, PVC and Modified Bitumen roofing systems. However, modified bitumen roofing systems have become one of the least popular roofing systems in the industrial, commercial, and residential roofing industries.
Built-Up (BUR) Industrial Roofing
One of the most common types of industrial roofing systems is built-up roofing, also known as BUR. A built-up system provides an alternating layer of asphalt combined with roofing felt. With this combination, it reinforces both materials, which build up into multiple layers. The layers that are created are referred to as ply. When the desired number of plies has been built, the roof is covered with a layer of gravel, this is referred to as ballast. The point of the ballast is to secure the built-up plies.
Industrial roofing contractors install a built-up roofing system by layering bitumen with roofing felts. The bitumen that is used to bond the layers can be hot or cold applied. When it comes to this particular method mopping of hot asphalt or coal tar is common in a hot-applied roof. Industrial roofing contractors commonly use built-up roofing because it is useful when it comes to waterproofing applications. It is also durable during inclement weather and it’s also a low maintenance option. However, some industrial roofing contractors can be a little hesitant for the reason that it’s not environmentally-conscious. It may create hazardous fumes and vapors that get released into the atmosphere. Along with this comes a quite expensive and time-consuming installation process, which leads to business owners choosing to go with other flat roofing systems.
A building in a warmer climate could benefit from a TPO or EPDM option, which would likely reduce the cooling costs during the summer months. Built-up roofing usually is more desirable for a building owner who wants waterproofing and UV protection.
EPDM Industrial Roofing
EPDM is an industrial roofing material that is made out of synthetic rubber. This material is mainly used in flat or low sloping industrial roofs. EPDM comes in premade sheets or in rolls. EPDM creates rubber layers on an industrial roof by using overlapping single-ply sheets that secure bonding cement and ballasts in place. EPDM systems have begun to rise in popularity, as they do not require any heat to install it and are usually very light in weight. It is usually applied in a mechanically attached, fully adhered system or ballasted system. EPDM has one of the longest life expectancies of the flat roofing systems.
EPDM can be recycled, as well as the white or light-colored options that EPDM rubber provides can help reduce temperatures and cooling costs with the UV rays reflecting off of the white material. Some of the materials that are used to install EPDM roofing are developed specifically for the use of roofing and have low volatile organic compound emissions. EPDM industrial roofs have superior resistance to extreme heat and fire as well as a high resistance to ozone, weathering, and abrasion.
TPO Industrial Roofing
Also called TPO roofing, the thermoplastic roofing material is a single-ply polymer made from polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber. It is installed in wide sheets, available in a variety of thicknesses, to minimize the number of seams and is resistant to puncturing, tearing, and weather-related wear. Because of its highly reflective surface in white or light-colored membranes, it can help maintain cooler temperatures inside the building and lower cooling costs. TPO roofing is also recyclable, and often meets or exceeds the EPA’s Energy Star program requirements.
Modified Bitumen Industrial Roofing
A modified bitumen or torch-down roofing system comes in ready-made rolls, just like EPDM, as well as a lightweight rubber membrane. The membrane is modified with a special asphalt to improve the waterproofing abilities. It requires an open-flame propane torch for installation. During the installation process, sheets of modified bitumen are rolled out onto the roof, and industrial roofing professionals use a handheld propane torch to heat the material and adhere it to the surface. When the layers reach the right temperature, the seams are melted together to create a waterproof seal.
The membrane layers that come from the torch-down roof are made up of an asphalt compound that is modified with either rubber or plastic. It is quite beneficial for the fact that it has a high tolerance for the heat and cold that it will experience on the roof during the change of seasons. Torch-down roofing has water-resistant properties that will ensure there will be no water intrusions. It is also designed for all climates, expanding under heat and contracting in cold conditions without melting or cracking as other materials might. The cap sheet on a torch-down industrial roofing system is resistant to UV rays and has good reflectivity properties to keep the building cool and energy-efficient.
However, what many people may not know is that industrial roofing contractors are starting to favor an alternative to torch-down roofing. Torch-down roofing can be very unpleasant and even dangerous, adding to the difficulty of properly installing these systems. A gas roofing torch with an open flame, operating at extremely high temperatures can run the risk of a fire starting and burning the roofing contractor and/or other property. The fumes generated during the heating process can also be very unpleasant. Another issue is that seam failure and other installation errors can occur. If the layers of the torch-down roofing system are not properly sealed, leaks are possible. A three-layer system is less likely to suffer from these issues, and if problems occur, the repair is simple.
PVC Industrial Roofing
PVC roofing, a type of industrial roofing, was created precisely as a response to the perceived shortcomings of EPDM rubber roofing. Initially developed in Europe, this type of roofing material quickly caught the attention of the roofing world and has been the main alternative to EPDM roofs ever since.
A typical PVC roof is made up of a single-ply, polyester-reinforced membrane, with fully adhered or mechanically fastened seams. This membrane is subjected to a series of treatments during the manufacturing process in order to enhance its stability, flexibility, and resistance to tearing and breakages, ensuring the longevity of the material. Hot-air seams further help make the roofing membrane pliable and water-tight, even under extreme weather conditions, thereby protecting the roof from common issues such as ponding water, dampness, fungi, bacteria, and alkali. In addition, PVC roofing tends to be resistant against UV radiation, fire, and chemicals, ensuring well-rounded protection for any industrial property it is applied to.
If there is one downside to PVC industrial roofing systems as opposed to its EPDM counterpart, it is that it is slightly pricier. This is offset, however, by the fact that PVC is superior to EPDM in every regard. PVC is sturdier, longer-lasting, and more environmentally friendly, offering superior protection. This is an important aspect when dealing with sensitive equipment or heavy machinery, since they tend to exist in industrial premises.