If you own a commercial building, you should consider using a single-ply membrane roof. This is especially true is you have space that is leased to one or more businesses. This type of roof has grown in popularity with commercial real estate owners and may lead to greater cash flow from your properties. The following are a few of the benefits.
They reflect sunlight
These membranes are fabricated from a thermoplastic or thermoset material, depending upon the size and design of your building, and they are coated with an acrylic material. The result is a highly reflective finished product. Once installed, your roof will reflect much of the sunlight, and the roof will be far less warm. This will mean lower electricity costs in the summer for your tenants. This is a good selling point and can help you maintain close to full capacity for all the units in any of the buildings you own.
They have outstanding insulation properties
Because the membrane consists of large sheets of continuous material, the interior is sealed. This creates an insulated roof that is better than other materials. Your tenants will have less cool air escaping in the summer, and the heat during the winter will stay inside. Although the roof is not the only factor in a well-insulated building, it is an important element and will help keep utility bills down all year.
They offer superior weatherproofing
The fundamental reason for this is there are fewer seams in a single-ply membrane than you see with other roof materials. It is the seams that will likely create a path for water to enter your building. For small roofs, there may not be any seams, but for buildings with large roofs, the membrane must be laid down in more than one section. But even with a couple of seams, the chances of a water leak developing diminish greatly.
The maintenance and repair costs are low
Due to the nature of the plastic or rubber-like substance the membrane material is made of, the roof is impact resistant. This reduces the chance of damage and the need for costly repairs. Smaller repairs are also not as common, and the work required to maintain the roof is negligible at best.
If you want more information, it is best to contact a single-ply roofing contractor. Although most commercial buildings are suitable for this type of roof, it is not true for all of them. In addition, the exact method of installation and the material will be dependent upon the specific configuration of your roof. A contractor can discuss the details with you and give you a quote for the job.