Different commercial roofing types.

Whether you’re a new building owner or own multiple buildings, you might have asked yourself, “How long does a commercial roof last?” Unfortunately, there is no single answer to the question of your roof’s lifespan. The type of roof typically dictates the number of years you can expect your roof to last. Different roofing materials have varying expected average lifespans. However, regardless of the type of roof, there are steps you can take to get the most years out of your commercial building’s roof.

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Contractor managing roofing assets for multiple facilities.

The building’s roof is the first level of protection from the elements. That’s why proper roof management is crucial to prevent damage and avoid a preventable roof replacement. Regular inspections and maintenance are the best way to avoid costly repairs on your roof, which is multiplied when you incorporate multiple buildings. So, what are the challenges you’ll face managing roofing assets for multiple facilities— and can one contractor do it all?

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Skylights on a commercial roof.

Skylights are a great addition to the roof system of a commercial building. They are becoming more common not only for large commercial structures but also in schools, libraries, and hospitals. Allowing in natural light increases the building’s energy efficiency by reducing the use of artificial light. 

Natural light also comes with added health benefits, too as it increases the health and productivity of the occupants in the building. Natural light even helps ward off symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) by allowing more light in during the fall and winter months. While there are many benefits, there are also common commercial roofing skylight issues.

Skylight installation, as with any building component, comes with its own set of challenges and concerns. Learn more about common skylight problems and how to address them. 

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Business owners must understand the importance of commercial HVAC services. Learn how to maintain the delicate balance between your roof and HVAC unit.

More businesses are placing their HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units on their rooftops. There are many benefits to rooftop HVAC placement, although they still require regular maintenance. Learn more about the importance of commercial HVAC service, especially when the unit is on the roof.

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Commercial roofing with a rooftop HVAC system

High-functioning HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units are important for your commercial building: they provide comfortable air temperatures for everyone inside! But, what’s that have to do with commercial roofing?

Many business owners choose rooftop HVAC units because they eliminate excess sound, improve the look of the building exterior (and are all-around more secure). But, while rooftop placement has many benefits, there is a delicate balance that should be maintained between your commercial roofing and the HVAC system itself. If you move your HVAC unit to the roof incorrectly, it can cause damage to your roofing system. And after installation, it should be a part of your regular roof inspection and maintenance. 

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