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Top Answers to Your Commercial Roofing Questions

What is commercial roofing?

Commercial roofing is a specialized trade in which a contractor installs, restores, or repairs the roofs of large industrial buildings, warehouses, and commercial properties. Commercial roofs usually have a low slope or are flat because these types of roofs are less expensive to install and maintain than pitched roofs that you typically see on residential buildings. Commercial roofs are usually made up of BUR (built-up roofing) consisting of tar and gravel, EDPM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), PVC (polyvinyl chloride), TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), metal, or modified bitumen.

What is commercial roof restoration?

A commercial roof restoration is a process that repairs and restores an industrial roof to water-tight and like-new condition. A commercial roof restoration is a less expensive, more feasible solution to extend the life of your building’s roof. Commercial roof restoration also cuts down on total roof repair waste, which otherwise ends up in landfills.

What is metal roof restoration?

Metal roofs can last a long time, but they are expensive to install. They are also noisy and, because of expansion and contraction, anywhere there are fixtures used in metal roof installation, the waterproofing is compromised. Metal roof restoration requires less labor and material than a metal roof replacement. Our metal roof restoration includes neutralizing all the rust and treating the metal roof with a rust-inhibiting primer. We then seal around fastener heads and any other spots where potential leaks could occur. Our commercial roofing professionals then use either Conklin butyl tape or durable Spunflex fabric to waterproof all the seams in your metal roof. We then apply a reflective finishing coat to ensure your metal roof has decades of life left in it.

What is a single-ply membrane roof?

Single-ply roofing membranes are sheets of synthetic material adhered to a roofing substrate to create a watertight seal on your commercial roof. It’s one of the most common types of commercial roofing systems. The different types of single-ply membrane for roofing include TPO and EPDM. Single-ply membrane roofing should always be applied on a cleaned and primed substrate. Our single-ply membrane system involves a thorough cleaning of your commercial roof’s surface, then we lay overlapping layers of roofing membrane to ensure no standing water will remain after rainfall. Each overlapping layer is then welded together by hand or with our robotic welder to create absolute weatherproofing protection. Lastly, we seal all edges of the new membrane roof system.

What is a polyurethane foam roof?

A spray foam polyurethane roof is ideal for flat and low-slope roofs because it can seal every corner of your commercial roof, which provides insulation and weatherproofing. The foam conforms to every part of your commercial building’s roof, around flashing and including the parapet.

Spray foam polyurethane, SPF, can be applied to all kinds of roofing materials, including asphalt, shingles, concrete, metal, and wood. An SPF roof coating is one of the best ways to extend the life of your existing commercial roof and ensure leak-proof protection for years.

Can commercial roofing options really save me money?

Commercial roof replacement costs will vary depending on the size of your building’s roof, the condition of the roof, access to the roof, etc.  Yet you will save money if you opt for a commercial roof restoration rather than a roof replacement. The cost per square foot will decrease dramatically when you opt for repairs targeted at only the troubled spots or when you opt for a roof coating. Compared to traditional roof replacements, commercial roof replacement can end up saving you thousands of dollars. Additionally, with a minimum 60% energy efficiency rating, your roof will provide better cooling and heat reflection than some air conditioners.

Why is commercial roofing a “green” option?

Like we said in the above answer, a commercial roof system provides energy efficiency which can help you cut down on your building’s cooling costs.  Many roof coating systems have reflective properties. The white coating of SPF reflects 84% of the sun’s heat, making your restored roof one of the “greenest” coverings on the planet! Lastly, a commercial roofing system creates far less waste than a roof replacement produces, so less debris ends up in landfills.

How does commercial roofing offer waterproofing?

Standing water on flat commercial roofs is a common problem. On metal commercial roofs, leaks can often occur from faulty roofing screws and washers. The leaks alone aren’t your only concern. Ponding water on a commercial roof can add extra weight that might threaten your building’s structure.

Commercial roof systems are a seamless coating that can resolve issues that arise from expanding and contracting roofs due to temperature extremes. Our commercial roof contractors can remediate issues with ponding water and install a leak-proof roof that will last for years.

Why is it called commercial membrane roofing?

The waterproofing materials are the “membrane” of a commercial roofing system. The membrane used in commercial roofing is often synthetic rubber, thermoplastic, or modified bitumen. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the most used commercial membrane. It’s a white roof solution, which reflects the sun and offers lower cooling costs to owners of commercial buildings.

What is the best commercial roofing material?

Most commercial roofs are made of:

  • PVC
  • EPDM
  • Metal
  • Modified Bitumen

There are some commercial buildings with live green roofs with a plant/vegetation layer, but those are less common.

The best commercial roofing material for you will depend on your roof’s structure (low-slope, flat, other?), the condition of your existing roof, the area’s climate, your budget, and other factors. Our roofing consultants can inspect your commercial roof for free and determine which restoration technique will be the best for your roof.

We are Conklin-Preferred roofing contractors and we believe the roof systems by Conklin are the best in the industry for superior protection against the elements and energy-efficiency.

Are there commercial roofing contractors near me?

There are commercial roofing contractors everywhere! We are in Conneautville, Pennsylvania, which is a borough in Crawford County in Conneaut Creek Valley. The county seat is Meadville, Pa. The creek flows north and west to Lake Erie and we are located near the Ohio border. Our commercial roofing contractors serve the surrounding areas, including Erie County, Pa.; Warren County, Pa.; Venango County, Pa.; Mercer County, Pa.; Trumbull County, Ohio; and Ashtabula County, Ohio.

How much does a commercial roof restoration cost?

Traditional roof repair costs to replace a flat commercial roof could run about $8 per square foot. Labor costs for traditional roof replacement could increase that to $10 per square foot. In comparison, roof repair and restoration through Keystone Commercial Roofing could cost around $4 per square foot.

Keystone Commercial Roofing offers a free inspection and a free consultation. Call us today to get started on your commercial roof restoration!