At its core, the goal of any commercial and residential roofing system is simple: protect a building and its contents against the elements. While this is a simplistic way of stating the purpose of the roof, the actual details of how it does this job are actually quite complex. In fact, when it comes to flat and low-slope roofing systems, even the options available today have greatly grown from their humble beginnings.
There is a lot that goes into choosing the right flat roofing system for your building. The factors that you should consider all involve what your building will house and the climate it will endure. Here are a few tips from our experts at Mascon, Inc. on how to choose a roof that’s 100% for your needs.
Metal Roofing Systems
Flat roofing systems can be judged according to three main criteria: features, applications, and maintenance requirements. Metal roofs offer excellent energy efficiency as their main features and need very little maintenance. Its installation, however, can be highly technical, requiring specialized skills that can drive up its cost. All in all, it’s a worthy investment for any manager with long-term goals for their roofs.
TPO, short for thermoplastic polyolefins, and PVC, short for polyvinyl chloride, are two of the most commonly used thermoplastic membranes today. In terms of features, applications, and maintenance requirements, they offer a balanced way to approach commercial roof management.
BUR stands for built-up roofing. In this type of roof, a roofing contractor will alternate layers of asphalt or bitumen and roofing felts to “build up” the roof. The layers offer redundant protection which means even if the outermost layer deteriorates, the layer underneath can work equally well as the new outer layer. BUR requires little maintenance, but in terms of performance, they are also not the most cost-effective type of roof there is.
Get high-quality TPO and PVC roofs as well as reliable installation and repair services from our professionals at Mascon, Inc. Give us a call at (512) 376-5096 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve home and property owners in Austin and other nearby areas in TX.