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What Is the Most Common Commercial Roofing Material?

Aug 01, 2022

The most common commercial roofing systems are those used for low-slope roofs, also known as flat roofs. A low-slope roof is one that has a slope of less than 3-in-12, which means that for every horizontal foot, the roof level rises less than 3 inches vertically.  These types of roofs are typically found on warehouses, big box stores, and shopping centers.

While a steep-slope roof depends on gravity for water to flow off the roof, modern low-slope roofs must rely on a continuous membrane covering that resists pools of standing water and remains watertight all the way to the drains or the roof’s edge.

These membranes are applied as continuous sheets, bonded together with heat-welding or adhesives. With this roofing system, there are several options, including EPDM, PVC, and TPO. The most popular of the three is EPDM roofing

What Is EPDM Roofing?

EPDM roofing material is used in low-slope commercial buildings all over the world. The letters in EPDM stand for “ethylene propylene diene monomer,” a chemical compound that is known for its elasticity and toughness. EPDM roofing employs a material that has the remarkable ability to resist the damaging effects of constant exposure to UV rays and water. As a type of synthetic rubber composed of natural gas and oil, EPDM is highly desirable for commercial applications because it combines low cost with durability.

Some Business Owners Prefer Metal Roofing

Known for its aesthetics and longevity, metal roofing is used on both low-slope and steep roofs. In fact, many commercial building owners prefer the look and durability of metal roofing systems and are now opting for certain types of metal roofs to take advantage of the longer lifespan they offer as compared to traditional shingle roofs.

Commercial Roofing Services From a Leading Company

Chesapeake Remodeling Group installs exceptionally durable EPDM flat roofing as well as shingle roofing and metal roofing. Our flat roofs can reliably resist weather damage even after years of exposure to the elements. They also have excellent seam strength to ensure they will hold tight during storms. What’s more, they are energy efficient with reflective surfaces that absorb less of the sun’s heat than standard roofs, which helps to reduce energy costs.

Our commercial shingle roofs are also great energy-efficiency performers and are available in a huge variety of appealing colors and design profiles that can enhance the appearance of your building’s exterior.

Our metal roofs also come in a wide variety of colors and design profiles, as well as metal options like zinc, baked enamel aluminum, stainless steel, and galvanized steel, to suit several different functionality needs and aesthetic preferences.

Roofing Installation Service You Can Count On

At Chesapeake Remodeling, our roofers have many years of experience working on all types of commercial properties, including retail stores, apartment complexes, and condos. We are so confident in the quality of their work that we back our commercial roofing installations with a five-year workmanship warranty, in addition to the manufacturer’s robust warranty.

If you would like to learn more, contact Chesapeake Remodeling Group. We offer complimentary consultations to Maryland residents.

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