A closer look into the different types of roofing materials and which one is the right fit for your commercial building
If you have ever needed or currently need a new roof on your commercial building, you may be wondering what exactly commercial roofing entails. What materials are used? Which ones are best for you? How can you make the right decision? While you may think the lowest-cost option is best, there are some high-quality materials that can save you a lot of money and trouble long term:
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roofs are the most energy efficient of the option. The installation is easy, seamless and delivers thermal, air and moisture barriers. It’s efficient in that it keeps out heat during the summer and retains heat in the winter, lowering the cost for owners.
Metal is a more energy efficient and durable choice, offering better protection from high winds, hailstorms strikes and wildfire embers that could possibly land on the roofs of homes and buildings. This choice of roofing is most popular where wildfires and varied storms can threaten the structure and can be a great and efficient choice for buildings, as it is fully recyclable and lasts longer than most roofing materials.
Clay and Concrete Tiles
Clay and concrete tiles are another popular choice for Arizona buildings and multifamily projects due to such a hot climate. Though not as long-lasting as metal, clay and concrete tile roofs can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. The way the tiles are spaced allows for plenty of ventilation for them to cool down faster and last longer. They are also another fireproof option. Clay and concrete tiles additionally offer a wide range of colors, styles and textures for owners to choose from.
Asphalt shingles are the most dominant roofing materials in the U.S. right now and are especially popular in multifamily projects. They are affordable, offer a wide variety of options that will not only look great, but protect your structural investments from harsh weather. There are two main types of asphalt shingles: fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass is based with a mesh mat and then covered in asphalt, while organic begins with recycled paper. Fiberglass shingles offer protection from fires and look good on most styles of buildings. Organic shingles are a great sustainable choice.
At American Roofing and Waterproofing, we want to give our customers plenty of options and provide them with all the information they need to make the right choice for their new roof.