How to Choose the Best Roof for Your Commercial Building

It is very important to have a high quality roof on your commercial building. A defective or leaky roof could result in a lot of damage to your building, equipment and inventory, so it is very important to make a wise decision when you select the roofing material and roof for your business building. There is a wide array of commercial roofing materials for you to choose from. Each of the various roof materials has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Before you make your final decision on which roofing material to select for your commercial building, you will need to weigh the various advantages and disadvantages to figure out which one best fits your commercial building, your budget and your business needs.

The least expensive option for your commercial roof is asphalt shingles. This can be a good choice for a small business on a limited budget. The average life span for asphalt shingles is less than other types of roofing materials, averaging about twenty to thirty years. Asphalt shingles also have a tendency to fade and become worn due to the weather. However, there is a wide array of texture and color choices available and asphalt shingles are economical.

Metal roofs are another common choice for commercial buildings. There are various types of metal that are used including aluminum, copper and steel. One advantage to a metal roof is their longevity. Metal roofs can last up to thirty to fifty years. They are usually more expensive than asphalt shingles but less expensive than slate or tile roofs.

Tile roofs are attractive and also very durable, with a life span of up to fifty years. Tile roofing materials include clay, rubber and concrete. Tile roofs can be fairly heavy, so if you are considering installing a tile roof you will need to check with an architect or roofing contractor to see if a tile roof on your commercial building will be able to support the weight.

Slate shingles are the most expensive but also quite attractive. They are energy efficient and durable. A slate roof can cost up to four times what an asphalt shingle or other less expensive roofing material would cost.

After you have made your decision on what type of roofing material you would like to use in your commercial building, you will need to consult with a commercial roofing contractor. It’s an advice I would always give, having been part of some commercial construction in Atlanta years ago. Look for a contractor that has experience with commercial roofing installations as well as the specific type of roofing material you have selected. You will only want to settle for a company you can trust which has references and all the proper licenses and adequate insurance coverage.

The best roof for your commercial building ultimately depends on the type of building you have, your budget, local climate and weather conditions, as well as aesthetic and style considerations. Choosing the roof for your commercial building is a very important decision, so make sure you take the time to do all your research upfront. The time you spend will be well worth it. You will end up with a quality commercial roof that will last for years and years.