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Three New Commercial Roof Types That Are Gaining Popularity

by Celina Simpson

If you own a commercial roof, you may be familiar with metal, rubber, EPDM or asphalt roofing materials. These materials have commonly been used on commercial roofs for the past 50 years. However, there are three newer products that are gaining in popularity. Learning about these products now will give you time to thoroughly research them so you can decide if one is ideal for your commercial building when it comes time to replace your roof.

Green Roofs

One thing that sets commercial roofs apart from most residential roofs is that the majority of commercial roofs are flat, whereas most residential roofs are sloped. One of the newest types of roofs for commercial buildings makes use of this flat roof by creating a living garden on the roof. This type of roof is called a green roof.

A green roof features different types of plants, shrubs, grasses and ground covers. When it rains, these living items soak up and use the water, helping to keep it from seeping into your building. Of course, there is a thin, waterproof membrane below these plants to help ensure any excess water they don't soak up doesn't seep into your building.

A major benefit to a green roof is that it is environmentally-friendly. Another major benefit is that it is relatively affordable. One of the downsides to this type of roof is that it requires a lot of care to keep it working properly. You have to prune and cut your shrubs and plants, and if one dies, you need to replace it or there may be too few plants to soak up the amount of rain that normally falls on your roof.

Photovoltaic Paneled Roof

Placing photovoltaic solar panels on your roof can help you convert the sun's energy into energy that can be used to power your commercial buildings. If you are looking to place more than a few panels or need a lot of energy to power your building, a photovoltaic paneled roof may be ideal for you.

Most solar panels are placed over your existing roofing material. They can be laid over asphalt shingles or rubber roofing materials. But, with a photovoltaic paneled roof, your entire roof is made out of these panels.  With this type of roofing system, solar panels are layered over a waterproof membrane. Thin pieces of glass or wood are then placed between the panels to help hold them in place and keep them from shifting.

The major advantage to a photovoltaic paneled roof is that you can greatly decrease your reliance on energy from your utility company. The downside is that installing this type of roof can be expensive, especially when compared with other types of roofs. However, in the long run, with the amount you save on your energy bills, you will eventually come out ahead and save money by installing this type of roof.

Thermoplastic Roofing

If you are looking for a low maintenance, more traditional-looking roofing material for your commercial roof, thermoplastic roofing may be right for you. Thermoplastic is a material that is sort of like a cross between rubber and plastic. It contains both elastomers and plastic, giving it that look and feel. This gives it the appearance of a traditional commercial rubber roof, while giving it more benefits than this roof type. 

Some of the benefits to a thermoplastic roof include durability, low maintenance, resistance to extreme temperatures and the ability to sustain high winds. The downside to this material is that it can be more costly than metal and EPDM roofing, the most comparable counterparts for this roofing type.

Most commercial roofing materials have a much shorter lifespan than residential roofing materials. As such, you will need to replace your commercial building roof more often than your home roof. Learning about new commercial roofing types, such as green roofs, photovoltaic paneled roofs and thermoplastic roofs will help you be educated on roof types when it is time to replace the one on your commercial building. For more information, contact a company like Align Roofing LLC.