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When deciding on a new roof for your commercial building, there are two general considerations: the material quality and the roofing style. Texas, in particular, is known for its hot summers with temperatures easily exceeding 100 degrees F, so the materials used must be able to easily withstand this level of heat. Roofing standards across the U.S. improve each year, and equally, so has the amount of choice available. The most common commercial roofing structures seen throughout Dallas, TX, are as follows:
- Metal roofing
- Shingle roofing
- Tile roofing
- Modified bitumen roofing
One of the most popular commercial roofing options is metal roofing. This roofing style is popular among both homeowners and business owners for many reasons. One of the great things about metal roofs is that they’re available in a surprising array of configurations and shapes. Plus, they can easily imitate shingle roofs if you’re looking to merge the aesthetics of shingle with the benefits of metal. Not only can metal roofing be aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also energy-efficient and can increase your business’ value. Metal is far more durable than shingles, and with the right maintenance, this roofing type can last for more than a few decades. As a bonus, you can always repurpose metal roofing later, further adding to its sustainability.
Perhaps the most popular roofing style in TX, though, is shingle roofing. It’s inexpensive and, similar to metal roofing, has a relatively long lifespan. Installation of shingle roofing is surprisingly efficient, and if you’re looking for roofing that’s predictable to install, then shingle roofing is the way to go. As with metal, shingle roofing is available in a wide variety of textures and colors to match the overall aesthetic of your commercial building.
In addition to standard three-tab shingles, composite shingles are also an option for commercial roofing. Sometimes referred to as dimensional or laminated roofing, composite shingles have extra pieces laminated to each shingle that increases their thickness and provides more texture. The most expensive version of composite shingles are known for having a 50-year warranty, and you can also opt for 30-year shingles that are thicker than standard shingles but not as thick as 50-year shingles. The additional thickness of composite shingles can help to hide any defects underneath, which is one of the reasons why they’re so popular.
Another roofing style that offers a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors is tile roofing. It takes its inspiration from Spanish-style homes, and tile roofing is a surprisingly popular roofing style for commercial business owners and homeowners in Dallas. The clay used to create the tiles is incredibly durable and can last more than a century if the tiles receive the proper care.
Modified bitumen roofing is a roofing style that is quickly gaining popularity throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. It’s a relatively modern roofing style that’s been in use since the 1970s, which uses layered membrane sheets to form a protective barrier on commercial roofs. It’s becoming the go-to commercial roofing style for buildings with low-sloped or flat roofs.
Why has modified bitumen roofing become so popular, I hear you ask? Well, some of the many reasons are because it’s durable, long-lasting, cost-effective, and relatively energy-efficient. In addition, it’s easy to install, maintain, and reduces roofing repair costs. In particular, one of the advantages of SBS modified bitumen as a roofing solution is that it combines polyester reinforced with glass that has a rubber-like flex, which is great for preventing leaks and punctures. Another form of bitumen, APP modified bitumen, is fixed in place with propane torches that securely weld the membranes together to prevent leakage. Other ways to apply modified bitumen to roofing structures include cold asphalt application or peel and stick methods.
Modified bitumen can easily be installed over existing built-up roofs using target patches. These target patches are resistant to punctures and tears, and they provide excellent protection against not only the elements but the impact of roofers and general foot-traffic across commercial flat roofing that is heavily trafficked by site personnel.
What if you’d rather have standing seam roofing? That’s ok too! Standard seam roofing in Texas is definitely a valid option for commercial structures. Longhorn Commercial Roofing in Dallas, TX, offers various roofing products, including metal standing seam roofing. This roofing style consists of panels of interlocking metal, typically with a galvalume coating. Galvalume is a protective coating made from zinc, aluminum, and silicon, that protects the metal panels from metal’s worst nightmare: oxidation and helps to create an impenetrable barrier. Metal standing seam roofing is also surprisingly pleasing to look at since it’s available in a wide variety of colors to match the color palette of your existing building.
The benefits associated with standing seam roofing:
- Many color variations
- Able to resist harsh weather
- Easy to install
- Easy to maintain
- Easy to interchange panels if damage does occur
When it comes to commercial roofing installation, what should you expect?
When you partner with Longhorn Commercial Roofing for any commercial roofing work you’ll work with roofers who are not only committed to excellent customer service but also dedicated to ethical practices, and you should expect nothing less. Our representatives are incredibly knowledgeable and ready to talk you through any commercial options that may interest you, whether it’s modified bitumen, standing seam roofing, or something else.
We understand that the tasks associated with commercial roofing don’t just stop once you’ve bought and installed the product. We’ll also help you to maintain your newly purchased roofing so that you get the most out of your investment. Routine roof maintenance will alert you to any potential issues so that costly repairs can be avoided in the future. If any repairs do need to be made, rest assured, we can help you make the right repair choices. Let the Longhorn Commercial Roofing professionals help you with your new commercial roof, roof maintenance, repair, or replacement, and you won’t regret it. Call now to speak to us.