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Whether you’re embarking on the construction of a new build, or looking at replacing old and outdated roofing on a building that already exists, there are several types of industrial roofing to consider.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.