Five types of industrial roofing

Whether you’re embarking on the construction of a new build, or looking at replacing old and outdated roofing on a building that already exists, there are several types of industrial roofing to consider. These fall into five main categories of roofing intended for a commercial purpose.

1. Thermoplastic roofing

Thermoplastic roofing systems, also called TPO roofing, are one of the most popular commercial roofing systems available. TPO is particularly durable due to the material it is made from, which is flexible at low temperature, but tolerant up to a high temperature. Roofs made from TPO have a particularly high resistance to ultraviolet, chemical, and ozone exposure. You can expect a thermoplastic roof to last in excess of 20 years, and as if that weren’t enough, they’re extremely resistant to high winds, fire, punctures, and a variety of chemicals.

2. EPDM roofing

EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer roofing, is an extremely versatile and high-quality industrial roofing option. Its longevity as a commercial roof makes it a very popular system. In addition, it’s more easily installed than some of the alternatives, while repair and maintenance are also easier.

3. Photovoltaic solar panels

With energy costs continually on the rise and the world slowly coming round to the idea that green and sustainable energy is the way forward, solar panelling has become a viable, eco-friendly, cost-effective form of roofing. Photovoltaic solar panels are placed over an existing roof, or installed using roof-mounted tiles, glass, and membrane. The panels convert energy absorbed from sunlight into a power source for the building. This form of roofing has great potential and is a worthy investment, both for ethical and ecological reasons, and economic ones.

4. Green roofing

An increasingly popular form of industrial roofing system, sedum green roofs are usually flat rooftops, which are totally or partly covered with soil and vegetation, which has been planted over the top of a waterproof membrane. The benefit of green roofing is a reduction in the ‘urban heat island’ effect. The roofs soak up heat and have been proven to drastically improve the insulation value of a roof. This, in turn, increases the life of the roof by two or three times, and saves money in terms of both cooling and heating the building.

5. Modified and built-up roofing

Modified roofs use redundant roof layers to form a durable and weather-resistant roof surface. Built-up roofing, such as coal tar, and grave roofs are very similar and can be a viable option to use commercially.

Industrial roofing ideas to save you money

If you own a warehouse of industrial unit, you may not have considered how the roof can be costing you money without your knowledge. Aside from getting up there to fix a leak or make a few adjustments, few people consider their roofs and how resurfacing and cladding the industrial roofing can save money for your business. At R Barton Industrial Roofing Contractors, we can help you find the best option for both your premises and your budget, and offer free quotes. Let’s take a look at some examples.

Solar reflective coatings

A solar reflective coat is a very good option for many businesses, and works in a number of ways. Firstly, the coating reflects sun light and drastically reduces the heat of the roof; this makes it more comfortable for those who are working within the building, and can reduce the cost of air conditioning very effectively. Gravel and black roofs absorb the heat, making them far hotter than the weather itself – a white, reflective coat is all it takes to make the roof far cooler than the ambient temperature, allowing you to reduce your cooling energy by up to 15%.

Industrial glazing

If your building has been around for a little while, it’s probably going to have decayed and cracked a bit, as well as collected moss and the like. Glazing can provide an extra layer of protection for your roof, allowing the decay and build-up of unwanted matter to cease, and preventing the necessity for more serious work later on. Additionally, in line with the Heath and Safety Executive’s standards, asbestos roofing is not to be disturbed unless absolutely necessary – glazing can provide containment rather than expensive and potentially dangerous removal.

Industrial cladding

Cladding allows you to reinforce the metal roofing already on your warehouse, and can increase the value of the property enormously. As well as providing protection from the elements, cladding generally gives a new lease of life to your warehouse and its contents, providing you with the peace of mind that your business, staff and stock will be kept safe from adverse weather conditions.

Each business and each building is different, and we specialise in making sure that you have the right industrial roofing solution for both your business and its roof. Most solutions will save you money in the long term, and provide you with a further investment in being better equipped to sell the property should you need to. Get in touch today and see how industrial roofing can work for you.

Why taking care of your industrial roofing is important

It’s incredibly easy to overlook how important industrial roofing is to your business. No roof is completely immune from natural causes which can cause it to degrade with time, and sometimes inclement weather conditions can cause serious issues which no business can afford to have to deal with – just imagine if a major incident meant that your business had to shut down operations while you arrange for a new roof to be constructed?

For a start, your employees would be unable to perform certain tasks due to health and safety issues, and the cost of a new roof would almost certainly deal a serious blow to profits – that’s before you even consider how a damaged roof could lead to damaged equipment inside your warehouse or office building.

How an industrial roofing contractor can protect your company

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. If you think your roof is in need of some preventative maintenance, it might be time to look at which industrial roofing companies are available, and which one is likely to provide you with the best possible service at the right price.

A good industrial roofing contractor will readily have the materials and tools at hand to carry out any maintenance work to fix leaks, cracks or other problems caused by the weather and general wear and tear. For the most part, preventative maintenance can be carried out with little or no disruption to your day-to-day business, which means you can get on with your important daily tasks while your roofing contractor makes the necessary repairs.

Weatherproof materials and guaranteed work

Because industrial roofing needs to be stronger than traditional roofing to protect valuable business assets inside the building, you should enquire with your contractor as to whether the materials used in the construction or repair of your roof are weather-proof. Some materials will carry a weatherproofing guarantee of anywhere between five and 20 years. A good quality industrial roofing contractor will also be able to offer a labour guarantee of a number of years, on account of having expertly installed or repaired the roof.

If you’re in the market for a new roof or need urgent repairs, you can rest easy in the knowledge that Barton Industrial Roofing offers incredible prices, expertise and customer service. Contact us now to find out more.



Prepare your industrial roof before winter arrives


Prepare your industrial roof before winter arrives

We’re all very aware of what Mother Nature can throw at us during a brutal, English winter. Torrential rain, wild winds and frost build up are just a few of the things that come to mind. As a company owner, your inventory is your most prized asset, so it’s important to keep it safe by having a good, sturdy roof standing over it. Whether the gutters need a good clean, you have a leak or you’re looking at a more serious problem that could require a completely new roofing system, now is the time to get the issue sorted. Here are a few common problems that can arise with an industrial roof and which a professional industrial roofing contractor can easily fix for you, just in time for winter!

Poor maintenance

Regular maintenance of an industrial roof is the most efficient way to protect yourself from major and costly damages. Particularly when it comes to preparing for the winter weather, it would be smart to have an industrial roofing company inspect the roof to check for cracks, loose materials or debris build up that can be detrimental to the roof’s functionality.

Water related damage

We get a lot of rain in the UK, so it’s very likely that your roof will be affected after a period of time. No matter what material was used or how perfect the craftsmanship is, the weather will eventually take its toll. Water is the main cause of leaks and damp spots. If you notice any discolouration or damp spots, you should consult a contractor immediately.

Blocked gutters

Gutters are the most commonly forgotten feature of a roof, and therefore the most common cause of costly repairs for company owners. Collecting an abundance of leaves, branches, dirt and other debris throughout the year, gutters can become blocked. Without regular maintenance and cleaning, repairs can be expensive and in extreme cases, full gutter replacement may be necessary.

Broken rooflights

Again, with regular maintenance, rooflights do not have to be an issue. However, broken rooflights are a very common job for industrial roofing contractors and they can also take time to fix. Employing an industrial roofing company to conduct regular preventative checks will allow them to spot a potential issue before it becomes a problem.

Save yourself the trouble and call an R Barton Industrial Roofing Ltd contractor for advice and a free quote, before summer fades and the weather takes a turn for the worse.