Types Of Commercial Roofing

Types Of Commercial Roofing Mesa AZ

Commercial roofing has five basic categories including metal, single-ply, built-up, modified rubber, and spray foam. Each have their individual advantages like low cost of installation, or significantly higher durability and lifespan.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing tends to be one of the most selected types of commercial roof materials. There are a few types of metal and styles that are used for roofing. These include aluminum, corrugated steel, aggregates of zinc, metal tiles sheets, silicon-coated steel, tin, lead, and stone-coated steel.

Extended exposure to the sun can rust many types of metal, especially steel. To help prevent rust surfacing layers are added that protect against precipitation and intense sunlight. Most of the time the metal roofing surface coatings are made from acrylic, epoxy, or ceramic.  They help extend the life of the metal roof by protecting against rust and even offer some reflective properties.

Single-ply Roofing

Single-ply roofing materials are factory made membranes that come in two basic types, thermoset and thermoplastic. These roofing types are installed in various ways that include mechanical attachment, being held down with ballast, or even being fully installed. With single-ply roofing there is not usually a surface coating included. They often do include reinforcement layers that feature fleece backing, polyester fabrics, glass fiber or felt.

Thermoset membrane is usually EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer), which is a extremely durable rubber roof membrane.  This roofing is available in either black or white and comes in different lengths and thicknesses depending on the needs of the commercial application.

Thermoplastic membranes differ by having no chemical crosslinking and can be repeatedly softened or hardened by applying heat or letting the material cool. This means that seams are made via heat welding instead of solvent welding.

Built-Up Roofing

Built-up roofing, or BUR as it is commonly referred to, are known many times as tar and gravel roofs. They are made up of layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics that are laid in alternating layers. These alternating layers together make up the finished roofing membrane that helps keep water out. Installation is carried out by laying the membranes out over the roof’s surface. The layers of material are many times referred to as plies. The bitumen found in BUR roofing is usually made from coal tar, asphalt, or cold applied adhesive. Top layers of surfacing can be done with a variety of methods including: aluminum, gravel, slag, mineral surfaced cap sheets, glass-fiber surfacing or hot asphalt.

Modified Bitumen Roofing

Modified rubber roofing is similar to BUR roofing in that it includes bitumen. Reinforced roof fabrics have bitumen manufactured into them and act as a carrier for the material. This roofing material is typically made into rolls that are installed by fastening them to roofs as a two layer system. They are fully adhered to roof decking and there are generally two types of modified bitumen roofing. These are SBS and APP modified bitumen roofing. Both of them include options for surfacing layers that have mineral payers, liquid applied layers, aggregate layers, or metal foil laminate layers. SBS modified bitumen allows for either hot asphalt or cold adhesive installation. APP modified bitumen is applied with heat torches.

Spray Foam Roofing

Spray foam or SPF roofing is a foam type material that is made by mixing a tow part liquid and spraying it over the roof surface. It is many times a base layer for the preparation for other roofing layers. The thickness can be variable based on skilled technician application. This means it can act as an additional layer of insulation for your building or the thickness of the material can be varied to affect controlled drainage.

Mesa Commercial Roofing

Every business needs to be able to weather the sun, rain, and wind that is common in Mesa Arizona. We rely on our roofing to protect the contents of our businesses and homes. Loss from leaking or failing roofs can be costly to repair and disruptive to businesses. Avoid costly repairs and downtime with inspections and prompt repairs of your commercial roofs. For installation, inspection, repair or replacement call the commercial roofing experts at either: 480-232-5458 (East Valley) or 602-299-8851 (West Valley)

Shingle Roofing Vs. Metal Roofing

Shingle Roofing Vs Metal Roofing Phoenix

If you are building a new home or you are ready to put new roofing on your home in Phoenix, knowing the difference between shingle roofing vs metal roofing can help you make an informed decision. We will take a closer look at both in this article.

Shingle Roofing

Shingle Roofing

The benefits of shingle roofing are cost and soundproofing. The biggest con for the shingles is the lifespan. They typically last about 25-30 years. Shingle roofing also doesn’t offer the same protection in extreme weather conditions. However shingle roofing is naturally a better option for soundproofing.

Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is very strong and durable. In addition metal roofing can help your home stay cooler during the punishing Arizona summers. It might cost a little more upfront, but it lasts longer, keeps your house cooler, and is better for extreme weather. In comparison to the 25-30 years shingle roofing lasts, metal roofing is often backed by a 50 year warranty.  Metal roofing isn’t known for being a great soundproofing option, but with proper insulation you can have the best of all three benefits, durability, soundproofing, and energy savings.

Read DCT Roofing Solution’s post titled “6 Reasons to Consider Using Metal Roofing Next Time You Need to Replace Your Roof” to learn more about metal roofing.

Regional Roofing Considerations

Shingles tend to be adequate for temperate climates. Arizona or Phoenix more specifically, is not temperate in any way shape or form during the summers. With temperatures pushing over 120 on some of the hotter days having a roofing system that is up to the challenge of keeping your home cooler will pay off. Metal roofing clearly has the edge with a natural ability to reflect some of the heat straight away. With proper insulation the savings can be even higher.

The Science Of Staying Cool

If you’ve ever leaned against a car in the summer time and been burned it might be hard to believe that a metal roof can help your house stay cooler. However metal roofing has the advantage over shingle roofing. Shingles, especially the darker colors, tend to absorb the heat from the sun. This passes more heat on to your insulation. If you reflect heat before it can absorb into the roofing material there is less heat your home’s insulation has to contend with and your home will stay cooler. The savings you reap every year with lower energy costs with a metal roof can add up. Peak cooling demands can be reduced by as much as 10-15% with metal roofing. With additional coatings, sealants, or colors metal roofing can be even more effective at keeping your home cooler. Light color metal roofing or roofing with elastomeric coatings help keep Arizona’s summer sun at bay.

Shingle Vs. Metal Roofing Cost Comparison

Metal roofing is more costs up front. There is no getting around that fact. The cost of a metal roof can be as much as 2 or 3 times higher. With the difference in durability and energy savings metal roofing is very likely to make up for the difference, and last much longer. It clearly also has the edge in extreme weather conditions. The federal government has tax credits available for either roofing system, which does help offset the cost of installing new roofing.


Phoenix Roofing Professionals

If you are building your new dream home in the Phoenix valley, or you need new roofing on the home you are in, give Right Way Roofing a call.

We do free roofing inspections and can help you with all of your roofing needs.

Right Way Roofing – 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851

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