Commercial Steep Versus Flat Roofing

When it comes time to choose the type of roof you want to use for your commercial building, you’ll need to consider your budget, the materials to be used, the design plan and the limitations of your building. To give you a little more insight, here is a look into two commonly used roofing styles – commercial steep and flat roofing.

Steep Slope Roofing

Commercial steep roofing is available in a variety of materials. It’s common for metal to be used, since it is durable and attractive. However, other materials that are commonly used include:

  • Wood
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Slate
  • Tile

The material you choose should be based on your budget and the look you want to obtain. This is easier to install than flat roofing, but do come with certain limitations, since you aren’t able to install certain utilities and systems, such as HVAC units. These will instead have to be installed on the ground.

Commercial Flat Roofing

This is one of the most popular types of roofing in commercial construction. Another name for this style of roof is a “low-slope” roof. It has a flat surface, which allows a variety of structures to sit on top, such as vents, HVAC systems and other utilities. The types of materials most frequently used for commercial flat roofing include:

  • BallastedT
  • TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
  • Modified Bitumen
  • EPDM
  • Mechanically Fastened

According to Marc Holt, a spokesperson for a top Minneapolis roofing company, “the benefits of flat roofing include weather and water resistance, affordability, heat reflection, and simple installation. It’s a solid option for many businesses.”

Now that you have a better idea of these two types of commercial roofing systems, you can make a more informed decision. Whether you are interested in commercial steep or flat roofing, you can contact Douglas Colony for a free quote on all new construction roofing in Denver.

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