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Understanding Industrial Roofing Systems and Services

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:00

Whether you are building an industrial complex or simply renovating an existing structure, having a clear understanding of the various industrial roofing systems and the services you can get from roofing professionals is critical.

Most industrial roofing projects are done with a view to serve the owner or entity for a long period. This means the contractors you choose should be experienced in all manner of industrial roofing projects and possess an understanding that enables them to minimize any possible loss and disruptions to normal productions.

Below are some of the typical roofing systems and services you can get from an industrial roofing company Basingstoke.

 

 

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) Roofing

This roofing system is economical for many industrial and commercial applications. Thanks to large sheet widths, EPDM roofing provides significantly lower installation costs compared to the other roofing systems hence the preferred choice for large scale applications.

Among the benefits of EPDM roofing include high wind resistance, low temperature flexibility, long life expectancies, and superior resistance to extreme heat and fire conditions.

PVC Roofing

This is an ideal system not just for industrial roof, but also commercial and residential. PVC roofing is easier to maintain, reliable, environmental friendly, and doesn’t cost much to install.

In terms of structure, PVC roofing consists of 3 layers; a PVC polymer base, a polyester reinforced fabric at the center, and a thermoplastic PVC top ply. PVCs are more resistant to tears, punctures, and impacts which contribute to the durability of these roofing systems.

Among the benefits, you will reap from PVC roofing include ease of maintenance, energy efficiency, chemical and wind resistance, as well as durability and reliability. PVC roofs carry the much-coveted Energy Star rating.

Thermoplastic (TPO) Roofing

TPO roofing comprises three layers; a thermoplastic polymer base, a polyester reinforced fabric center, and a strong thermoplastic top ply. Compared to other single ply membranes, TPO roofing systems are resistant to tears, punctures, and impacts. They are suitable for both flat and slope roof systems.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is an exceptional alternative to the traditional shingles in terms of aesthetic appeal and life expectancy. They come in a wide range of colors, they are durable, and lightweight. While it is true that the upfront installation costs for metal roofs systems are typically higher, they will last you for a long time thus recovering your cost. Metal roofing is extremely reflective and qualifies for various incentive programs under the Energy Star Roof Products Program run by EPA.

Shingle Installation

If you want to protect your roof and extend its life, shingles will give you that opportunity. It comes in a variety of materials such as metal, wood, asphalt, slate, and ceramic. Among the advantages of shingles include compatibility with steep slopes, extended warranties, and economical cost.

Typically, new build roofing contractors package their services in different ways depending on the customer base they are attracting. That notwithstanding, there are certain roofing services you should expect from these contractors and amongst them are:

·         Low slope roofing – This roofing service requires skilled roofing professionals because of its vulnerability to structural integrity and water tightness compromises. Most low slope roofing is done using PVC roofing, TPO roofing, EPDM roofing, and metal roofing.

·         Flat roof systems –Just like low slope roofing, flat roofing requires the expertise and experience of professionals if it is to be watertight and structurally viable.

·         Infrared thermography – If the roofing system of your business or industrial application suffers from poor insulation, leaks, or heat loss, you need an infrared thermography test to identify and isolate the source of the leaks for fixing. This is usually done using thermal imaging equipment.

·         Tapered roof insulation –If you want to help insulate flat roof decks and give them positive drainage, try out tapered roof insulation. This solution can prolong the lifespan of your roof as well as eliminate potential load bearing issues. You can apply tapered roof insulation to both reroofing and new construction projects.

It doesn’t matter the kind of material that makes your roofs, poor maintenance can erode all the benefits. It is therefore important for you to have regular inspections and where need be, repairs and replacements so that your roof can serve you for a long time.

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