Types of Commercial Roofs
If you’re in the process of constructing a new building, or planning the replacement of an outdated roof on an existing building, there are four main types of commercial roofing systems to consider:
Thermoplastic Roofing: TPO roofing systems are among the fastest growing commercial roofing systems. Made of an especially durable material with a low-temperature flexibility and a high-temperature tolerance, these roofs are exceptionally resistant to ultraviolet, ozone and chemical exposure. TPO roofs can be expected to have a lifespan of 20+ years, and also feature a high resistance to fire, punctures, chemicals and high winds.
EPDM Roofing: EPDM roofing offers superior durability and versatility, making it one of the longest lasting types of commercial roofs available. EPDM commercial roofing systems are also typically easier to install, maintain and repair than most other types of commercial roofs.
Photovoltaic Solar Panels: As energy costs continue to rise and America looks towards green and sustainable energy, many building owners are turning to solar energy roofing systems. PV solar panels installed over a rooftop or used with glass, membrane and roof-mounted tile, absorb sunlight and convert it to energy that can be used to power a building. Although not in wide use, PV panel roofs offer great potential to conserve energy and control skyrocketing costs.
Green Roofs: Perhaps of all the types of commercial roofs available today, green roofing systems have experienced the greatest surge in popularity in the last few years. Sedum green roofs are typically flat roofs that are partially or completely covered with vegetation and soil and planted over a waterproofing membrane. Green roofing systems reduce the urban heat island effect by soaking up heat and also are found to dramatically improve a roof’s insulation value – lengthening the lifespan of the roof by as much as two to three times longer and saving on heating and cooling costs.
Others: Beyond TPO and EPDM flat roofs, modified roofing is an option, which uses redundant layers of roofing to create a durable weather-resistant surface. Similar to modified roofing, built-up roofing is a viable commercial roof choice depending on the roof’s sloop and complexities.
Kirberg Commercial Roofing Systems
Since 1920, Kirberg Company has been providing the Midwest region with unmatched commercial roofing service and top-quality craftsmanship.
We’ve mastered all types of commercial roofing materials:
- Built-up, including coal tar, asphalt, gravel and modified bitumen
- Single-ply membrane roofing, including TPO & EPDM
- Liquid-applied systems using high-tech polymers
- Metal sloped roofs atop high-rises
Our commercial roofing experts continuously research new technologies and methods to ensure we’re providing the best possible service and solution for businesses of every size and shape. Kirberg Company is the only roofing company for your job, whether it be a roof leak repair, sedum roof, emergency roof repair, or if you are solely in need of a new roof installation. Contact a commercial roofing contractor at Kirberg Company to fix your commercial roofing problems.
Nationwide Commercial Roofing & Repairs
As one of the founding members of RoofConnect, a premier nationwide contracting network, Kirberg Company can ensure you’ll get the finest workmanship available no matter where your business is located. We have offices located in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield, and are easily capable of installing your commercial roofing systems nationwide.
Contact us today to discuss the various types of commercial roofs available and how best to meet your the needs and preferences of your project.