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Building a business from the ground up (literally) can be an exciting time. You get to pick out every single last detail pertaining to the design and construction, including the roof!

It’s a detailed process, for sure, and that’s why it’s so important to educate yourself on the types of roofing materials used in new construction. If you don’t, you could end up with a roof that is less than desirable aesthetically and economically.

If you’re in the process of starting that research before you get a new roof, then you’re in the right place. In this blog, we’ll discuss the different types of materials used in new and existing construction, so keep reading!

The Best Materials for Roofing in Northeast Ohio

If your business is located in Youngstown, Warren or one of the surrounding areas, you should already be well aware that the region gets cold and wet in the winter. (And, humid in the summer months…not to mention the dry spells in fall and spring.)

It’s important to have a roof that will stand up to the weather for years and decades to come. So, here are the most popular and reasonable options if you’re located in or around Youngstown, OH.

Metal Roofing

One of the most popular roofing materials may be metal roofing. This type of roofing material can last up to 100 years in all types of weather. (not to mention that it’s also eco-friendly).

Added benefits of metal roofing are that it reflects heat which can help keep your electricity bills down, especially in the summer months, and it sheds snow and rain more efficiently than other roofing materials.

Built Up Roofing (BUR)

BUR is a multitude of layers that use waterproof materials, such as hot tar and fiberglass. This type of material is usually used on flat roofing surfaces.

BUR is fire-resistant an inexpensive option, however, it’s messy to install (which is obviously a known factor for experienced commercial roofers), so costs for clean-up and extra installation time are built into the pricing.

Modified Bitumen Roofing

If you’ll have a lot of activity on your commercial building roof, modified bitumen roofing may be the way to go. It’s comparable to BUR membranes but with relatively low maintenance that can be handled with annual cleaning and inspections.

This type of roofing is typically fastened as a two-ply system and adhered to the roofing deck for maximum protection and stability.

TPO Membrane Roofing

Thermoplastic Polyolefin or TPO roofing systems are most popular with restaurants and businesses that emit fats or oils from their ventilation systems. It’s highly resistant to most chemicals, including oils, animal fats and bacteria. TPO is also lightweight and reflective which helps to save on energy bills, especially in the summer.

This roofing type is generally suited for a second generation application.

PVC Membrane Roofing

Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing systems and TPO Membrane roofing are similar in comparison. PVC roofing is one of the most popular and time-tested roofing material in commercial applications and is extremely durable and highly resistant to puncture and fire.

PVC Roofing is energy efficient due to its light color and thick insulation which helps to reduce heating and cooling bills.

EPDM Membrane Roofing

EPDM roofing is also known as Thermoset roofing. This type of roofing is long lasting and durable with a versatile function. Installation is easy and the roofing itself is virtually maintenance-free. If you want to protect your business from ultraviolet light and ozone, this material will do the job with a single-ply rubber material.

It’s also worth noting that EPDM roofing is more flexible in colder temperatures. It’s also resistant to solvents, alcohol and some acids.

Green Roofing Systems

For a truly sustainable roofing advantage, green roofing systems provide protection from the elements while also improving energy efficiency and managing water drainage. (Not to mention that they are perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing type of roof for your business.)

Green roofing systems provide a versatile option that is becoming more popular among business owners and large corporations.

Solar Tiles

If you really want to go green, why not install solar tile roofing? Not only is it eco-friendly, but you’ll save thousands of dollars over the life of your energy costs. Solar tiles are an expensive option up front, but you may be eligible for a tax credit up to 30 percent of installed costs.

Solar tiles have also become much more aesthetically pleasing in recent years. They can last up to 30 years generating full electricity to your business.

Styles of Roofing

Now that you’ve taken time to read about all the different types of roofing materials you can use for your building, take some time to learn about the different styles of roofs and which one’s best for you.

Flat Roofing

If you’re looking for one of the most cost-effective options for commercial roofing, you might be interested in a plain flat roof. They’re quick and easy to install although you should note that they are more prone to standing water and degradation of materials due to weather.

Low Sloped Roofing

Low sloped roofing generally requires less maintenance because the water runs off easier, leaving little room for damage. Low sloped roofs are cheaper and safer than pitched roofs and can utilize the same materials.

Pitched Roofing

For areas that get a lot of snow, pitched roofing is best. However, it is more dangerous for installers with costlier repairs and maintenance.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the best material and style for your new roof ultimately boils down to personal preference. So, keep these different styles of roofing in mind while you’re planning construction so you can weigh the pros and cons of each to see which one fits your taste.

Remember, it’s easy to choose the most inexpensive option. But, think about the life of your roof and the value of your business over time. A quality roof makes a big difference!

If you have questions or need a new roof installed, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have over fifty years of combined experience in commercial and industrial roofing, not only in Youngstown and Northeast Ohio but also nationwide!