Hillsborough Commercial Roofing Pros
Chief Roofing Inc. offers expert Commercial Roofing in the Hillsborough area. A high-quality roof is essential to your commercial building because it protects all of your physical assets inside. At Chief Roofing Inc., we pay careful attention to detail and make sure that every part of your project is completed perfectly.
Built Up Commercial Roofing Systems
Built-up commercial roofing systems have been one of the most popular commercial roofing options for over 100 years. This is because it's durable, and offers many different kinds of protection. Built up roofing systems are made up to 2 main ingredients. Bitumen, also known as asphalt or coal tars, is used as an adhesive, as well as for water-proofing. Ply sheets or "felts" prevent tears, punctures, and other damage. The roof will also be coated to protect from UV radiation, early aging, and to keep indoor heating and cooling costs down. Depending on your budget, there might be some variation in the materials used.
Built-up roofing systems are meant to withstand extreme conditions such as excessive rainfall or extremely hot temperatures. They can also protect against fire, sleet, and hail. Built-up roofing systems require minimal repairs and are expected to last 20-30 years. There are a few drawbacks to built-up roofs, however. They can take a long time to complete well, and some of the materials involved produce hazardous fumes and vapors.
Modified Bitumen Commercial Roofing Systems
Modified Bitumen roofing systems are similar to built-up roofing systems, but they have the added benefit of modifiers that provide rubber or plastic-like features. One of two membranes is added to the roofing material: APP (Atactic Polypropylene) or SBS (Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene)
APP is responsible for a more plastic-like coating while extending it to up to 50% of its original length by adding 30% APP modifier. It is then applied using torching heat welding. It should not be allied to wooden decks, because this is a fire hazard. You should also be aware of any stray sawdust in cracks and crevices that could be a potential hazard.
SBS membranes are installed while hot, or as a cold adhesive, making them less of fire risk for wooden surfaces. SBS membranes make the asphalt rubber-like as opposed to plastic like. SBS membranes are sticky and can adhere on their own, but are usually attached to a backing that is nailed on. SBS must be coated to shield from UV rays.
Both membranes are waterproof and able to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Single Ply Commercial Roofing Systems
Single ply roofing systems are particularly good at guarding against extreme weather changes, and unusual circumstances like acid rain. It's made of PVC material, which makes it extremely durable. Single ply roofing is also lightweight, making it easy to install as well as affordable. However, there are some downsides to single-ply commercial roofing systems The thin layers can be easily punctured, and this type of roof typically does not last as long as other options.
Commercial Roofing Coatings
Roof coatings are liquid membranes applied to the surface of the roof to protect them. They can add up to 25 years to the life of your roof. They have properties similar to elastic, and use resin to waterproof and protect your roof, while also filling in cracks that can cause problems. Different types of coatings all have different purposes, such as waterproofing or protection against cold weather.
Not only are coatings the ultimate defense against weather and natural threats, but they can also help you save on energy costs. Reflective roof coatings reflect light, infrared radiation, and ultraviolet radiation in order to minimize the temperature of the roof which can keep air conditioning costs does. It can also reduce the interior temperature in buildings that don't have air conditioning. Lowering cooling costs in high-temperature areas will help lift the burden off of the electrical components in your building, which can reduce the cost of power outages.