You may be wondering which type of roofing material to choose if you are looking to build a new commercial building or renovate an existing one. Although budget is a top priority, it’s important to consider the industry and location of your business.

Here’s a quick guide to help you make an informed decision when replacing or installing a commercial roof.

Consider the type of business that you are running

For example, if your business is a retail establishment, Flexion or TPO (Thermoplastic polyolefin ) might be a good choice. However, if you have a large warehouse that doesn’t require temperature control, EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) could be an option. This roof solution is affordable and widely used in many other buildings. If your business uses harsh chemicals, then you will need adequate ventilation and an exhaust system. In this case, PVC (polyvinylchloride) may be the best choice.

How does the roof look now?

You may be able to replace an existing roof by simply applying a new roofing system directly on top. This can save you significant time and money, but might not work if the roof was made of PVC.

Also, be aware of skylights, air conditioner units and vents as they may have an impact on the application and maintenance your chosen roofing material.

What is the climate like around your commercial building?

It is important to take into account the surrounding buildings and the overall climate. Perhaps your business is located in an area of open, green space or where there are extreme weather conditions such as snowfall, frequent rains, and intense sunlight. Metal can be used as a roofing material for businesses that are exposed to harsh weather conditions throughout the year. EPDM, on the other hand, is more flexible and can adapt to changing temperatures.

TPO is a durable and puncture-resistant material that can be used in buildings with trees nearby or surrounding them.

No matter what roofing material you choose, no matter if your building is located in the middle or near other buildings, or in an area that is wildlife conservation zone, it is going to be best to use an environmentally friendly and energy efficient material.

Are you looking for licensed roofing contractors?

In many states, only licensed roofing contractors are allowed to install commercial roofs. Before you hire anyone, make sure you check your state’s requirements.

How long will you stay in the building?

Some business owners may not be able to afford to move to a new building. These cases may be a good reason to do a minor repair or recoating until you can sell the building and move on.

A new roof can also help you sell the building faster and for more money, even if your plans are to move on. Commercial buyers will always consider a professionally installed roof when considering selling a building.

You have many choices when it comes to replacing a commercial roofing or having one built from scratch. A consultation with a licensed roofing company near you, such as Old Time Roofing, will help you make a more informed decision.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which offers the best roofers in Clearwater FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

Donna J. Seymour