Commercial Roofing Systems
Commercial roofing systems are much different than residential roofing systems, especially in Arizona. They often have many components to the roof, including HVAC systems and electrical boxes. Commercial roofs also are designed in a totally different way, so systems for ventilation and rainwater runoff are different than what is typically found on a home.
It’s important to understand that each roof is unique and one should always consult with an expert and experienced commercial roof contractor to get tailored suggestions for your property. However, we have compiled our top recommendations for commercial roofing systems in Phoenix.
1. Foam Roofing
Foam roofing systems for commercial buildings is one of the most popular not only in Arizona but nationwide as well. The reason being is, simply put, the ease of installation, maintenance, and repairs, and it’s maximum efficiency. Foam roofing is applied as a liquid and dries to harden. The liquid foam covers every millimeter of the roof, seeping into every nook and cranny, forming into a solid surface soon after, hugging close to vents, adjoining walls, and anything else that intersects with the roof.
As long as your foam roof is properly maintained, it will protect your roof against UV damage, and make the interior more energy efficient.
In addition, it’s important to know that foam roofs cannot be used on roofing systems that are not flat due to the method of application. However, if you do have a flat roof but have an existing roofing system, foam roofs can be applied overtop without issues. If your flat commercial roofing system is properly maintained, it can thrive past 40-50 years, saving you money in the long run.
2. Tile Roofing
For commercial roofing systems with a pitched roof, tile roofing is a good choice. You often see tile roofing systems on commercial buildings such as apartment buildings or small shops, offering a beautiful look as well as protection against intense heat, hail, strong winds, and heavy rains.
Tile comes in a variety of materials and can be installed on any pitched roof. It’s also affordable and offers a long lifespan. However, like many aspects of a building, tile comes in a wide variety of options, but fortunately, you will be able to find the right look you want that meets the requirements of your roof and remains inside your budget. Once again, it’s very important to talk to a commercial roofing system professional that will inspect your property and share tailored advice for your roofing system.
3. Built-Up Roofing System
You can often see built-up roofing systems on many commercial buildings in Arizona. It’s made up of multiple layers of different materials including felts, fabrics, and mats which are held together with bitumen. It’s also usually finished with a weather-resistant coating.
The layer of roof felt and bitumen protects the roof from water damage while the layer of gravel protects it from intense heat. Tar and gravel roofing is not as energy efficient as foam roofing but it still provides reasonable protection. Built-up roofing systems for commercial buildings are ideal for flat roofs as well.