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Why Are Flat Roofs Common on Larger Commercial Buildings?

Look at any urban area with a concentration of commercial properties and warehouses and you’ll likely notice that a lot of them have flat roofs rather than pitched roofs. Why are flat roofs more common on larger commercial buildings when pitched roofs have more aesthetic appeal? The reasons are cost, feasibility, and durability.

While the term “flat roof” does apply to many large commercial buildings, they are slightly sloped. Commercial roofing is also called low-slope or low-pitch roofing.

Read further to learn how flat roofs are used on larger commercial buildings and reach out to our professional roofing contractors for commercial roof repair and restoration in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Ohio, Southwestern New York, and the surrounding areas.

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Can Commercial Roof Coatings Withstand Hail Damage?

Northern Pennsylvania and neighboring states experience hailstorms dozens of times every year. Hail can occur during spring, summer, or fail. While no commercial roof system is impervious to hail damage, you may be wondering if roof coatings can withstand hail damage, especially since commercial roof coatings are far less expensive than a complete replacement.

Elastomeric coatings and other commercial roof coatings can withstand hail. How well depends in part on the size of the hailstones and the age of the roof system.

Hailstones vary in size, from about 1 cm to 4 cm. Larger hail that falls at a higher velocity obviously will cause more damage to a roof system than smaller hail in a less severe storm.

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Want the Best Flat Roof Protection? Consider a Monolithic Roof and Save Money

Whether you’re looking for a roofing contractor to install a new flat roof system or looking to repair your flat roof, a monolithic roof system is one of the best ways to provide flexible, seamless, and durable leak protection for years.

Even better, these systems can help you save in energy costs year after year, possibly paying for themselves.

Read on to get a better understanding of how your facility (and your wallet) can benefit from a monolithic roof system.

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Why Roof Flashing is Key to Your Crawford County Building

There are a lot of great things about Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Nearby state parks like Conneaut Lake and Pymatuning make it especially ideal for outdoor lovers to live and visit.

Those who live here year-round, however, know that the climate isn’t for the weak at heart sometimes.

Crawford County gets its fair share of rainfall, more than 40 inches annually. That’s higher than the nation’s average rainfall. According to one report, Allegheny County gets precipitation (snow, sleet, hail, or rain) on average, 166 days per year.

That’s why proper roof flashing is so important. Your local commercial building needs to withstand the barrage of precipitation. Flashing plays a key role in a commercial roof system’s water drainage.

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Could Opportunity Zone Dollars Fund Your Commercial Roof?

There are more than 8,700 opportunity zones in the nation; Pennsylvania has designated 300 opportunity zones. These are areas where private investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for tax breaks to improve economically distressed communities.

Commercial builders and developers can take advantage of these opportunities as not only a chance to invest in commercial properties with less financial burden but also as a chance to improve low-income communities.

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Identify Your Roof Repair Needs

Commercial buildings require a lot of maintenance, but commercial roofs shouldn’t be at the top of a facility manager’s list when it comes to routine repair. Most commercial buildings have roofs that last for decades.

But you should be monitoring your commercial roof yearly. Annual commercial roof inspections to identify possible damage can alleviate the risk of developing larger repair needs in the future.

If you manage a commercial property, be alert to the following commercial roof issues that typically occur. You can call our professional roof consultants to schedule your commercial roof inspection.

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Commercial Roof Types [and Cost-effective Roof Systems]

Common commercial roofing types include tar and gravel (built-up roofing), PVC and TPO (thermoplastic), EPDM or thermoset roofing, metal roofing, modified bitumen roofing, green roofing systems.

Most commercial roofs are low-slope or flat.

When commercial roofs start to age or damage occurs that threatens their ability to protect the people and contents of your warehouse or other commercial property, roof membrane coatings may be your best option for repair and restoration.

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The Best Time of Year for Commercial Roofing Projects

Last winter was mild, and we certainly saw less snow accumulation than years past. Still, a mild winter doesn’t necessarily erase the risk of roof damage.

Now’s the time to inspect your facility’s roof to check for leaks or other damages. Not sure what you’re looking for? One of our professional roofing consultants would be happy to come out and inspect your commercial property for any leaks, potential for leaks, or evidence of damage.

With precautions in place due to COVID-19, our consultants practice social distancing, safety protocols, and offer contact-less updates on projects through the use of CompanyCam.

The upcoming months are ideal for roof projects. In fact, the best time for roof coating applications is between May and October.

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