How to Choose the Right Roofing Material for Your Building

Picking the right roofing material for your commercial property involves a different process than your home. You’d want your selection to provide the utmost comfort and energy efficiency for your building. More importantly, it should withstand harsh weather conditions to ensure continuous business operations and keep every occupant safe. Trusted roofing company Wortham Bros, Inc. shares a simple guide to help you make an informed decision. 

Traditional Roofing

Flat roofs are not entirely flat; they have a subtle slope to ensure proper drainage of water runoffs. In the commercial roofing industry, the terms “flat” and “low-slope” are used interchangeably. A variety of roofing materials used in commercial and industrial properties are available in the market, each with its own benefits.

Built-up roofing, for instance, remains a great traditional roofing option for buildings. This type of layered roofing consists of a fiberglass membrane and hot asphalt topped with gravel or mineral blends. The top layer protects your property from the elements, especially the heat from the sun and strong winds.

Modified bitumen roofing is another viable commercial roofing option. It offers similar levels of protection as built-up roofing, but it is made of factory-fabricated asphalt layers that are “modified” using a rubber or plastic ingredient. This gives the roofing material increased flexibility and added strength and flexibility.

Membrane Roofing

Also known as a single-ply membrane system, this commercial roofing material offers an extended service life and requires relatively low maintenance. It comes in two types: thermoset (rubber) and thermoplastic (polymer) membranes. PVC and thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO) are examples of thermoplastic membranes, while ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) is a well-known rubber roofing solution.

Wortham Bros, Inc. is the leading roofing contractor providing residential and commercial roofing services. We also specialize in storm, wind and hail damage repair. Call (972) 960-3135 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners and businesses in and around McKinney, TX.