Accountant assessing commercial roof depreciation amount.

As a building owner it’s important to know whether or not you can use the cost of the roof (from  a new commercial roof installation or roof repair) as a tax deduction. A variety of factors play a part.

How much you can write off depends on when you purchased your roof, as well as how much it improved the commercial building’s thermal efficiency. Let’s dig a little deeper and find out what you need to know in order to determine if your commercial roof depreciation can be a tax benefit (and how you can use government programs to cut your total installation cost).

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A building’s recently installed commercial metal roofing.

On the surface, a commercial metal roof is a durable, long-lasting barrier between the inside of a commercial building and an array of weather conditions. But did you know there’s so much more to metal roofing systems?

A commercial metal roof offers a longer lifespan than most alternatives, however, no two installations are the same. There are several types of metal used to make roofing materials, and each commercial application can be installed in different ways, which ultimately impacts durability and lifespan.

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Professional roofers installing commercial solar panels.

Adding a commercial solar panel system doesn’t just help your company go green: it’s also a great long-term investment.

The payoff for commercial solar panel installation takes as little as three years, and can be even shorter when you factor in tax breaks and financial programs for your commercial property. Plus, savings on utility bills can be huge! 

What does a solar panel installation involve, and how practical is it for your business? Let’s take a deeper dive into the system installation process and how the solar experts at TEMA can help your business realize some major energy savings!

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Commercial roofers installing an EPDM rubber roof.

Is synthetic rubber the best choice for your building’s roof? Ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM, comes in large sheets that reduce seams, which are often weak points in commercial roofing that lead to leaks.

However, while your business might be inclined to seek EPDM rubber roofing as your first and only choice, it’s important to know that it only works with certain types of buildings. Let’s learn more to see if EPDM rubber roofing is the right material for your next roofing project.

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Flat roof on a large commercial building.

The flat roof (or low-slope roof) is one of the most common types of roofs on large commercial buildings. If you’re considering a new roof or need to repair an existing one, you might be wondering why flat roofs are so popular for commercial properties.

Let’s look at the reasons why flat roofs are the norm for commercial buildings and how you can keep your roofing investment well-maintained.

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Solar panel on a commercial rooftop

When it comes to adding commercial rooftop solar panels to your commercial property, you’ll want to make sure that your existing roofing system is suitable for the additional load. Not all roofs are created equal, and every building has unique structural elements.

Here we’ll look at what it means for a building’s roofing system to be strong enough to support this increasingly popular type of sustainability system, along with other things to consider before switching to this clean energy alternative.

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Commercial roofers installing a durable single-ply roofing system.

As a business owner, you need to make sure your commercial roof will withstand the elements and last for years to come. But, with so many roofing options on the market, it can be tough to know which material is the most durable.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the most durable types of roofing materials, so you can make an informed decision about which option is best for your business.

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Typical flat roof on a commercial building.

Now more than ever before, building owners have multiple choices when considering a roofing system. But, with the plethora of options that are available, picking the right type of roofing system material can be a difficult task.

Lucky for you, we know a thing or two about commercial roofing, and we’re here to let you know what specific roofing materials may be best suited for your building. Before you know it, you’ll be able to make your purchase and get the project rolling.

Read on for info on some common types of commercial roofing materials.

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Fire damage to a commercial roof

Your commercial roofing system does more than simply keep your business dry. Your roof (along with fire-resistant building materials, sprinkler systems, extinguishers etc.), is part of your building’s overall fire protection.

Do you know what fire rating your commercial roof has? Do you know if your roof is adequately protecting your business, equipment, and employees? It’s valuable knowledge for any building owner or facility manager to have, so let’s look at the differences, what they mean, and the tests used to determine a roof’s fire resistance.

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Clogged drainage system on commercial roof.

When you picture a leak, you probably think of a dripping faucet or broken pipe. But if you own or manage a commercial building, the problem could be much more severe – a roof leak! Unfortunately, commercial roofing doesn’t last forever, and over the years, most buildings eventually suffer from cracked, punctured or compromised roofing materials.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of commercial roof leaks that can result in damage to your building.

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