In theory, your
for a commercial property should be one of the most durable and long-lasting parts of a building, as it serves as the primary protection against weather. However, many building owners are concerned that some of the sturdiest roofing options might be much less environmentally-friendly for their tastes. If you want an option that offers both positive qualities, look into the trusty rubber roofing system.
What is it?
Rubber roofing is a flat-roof membrane typically made of a material called ethylene propylene diene monomer or EPDM. Manufacturers have it custom-made to fit your roof, thus ensuring that no seams are present (as they could be potential leak hazards). Aside from this, it also boasts high elasticity and resistance to the harmful effects of UV rays coming from the sun.
According to an article at Howstuffworks.com, rubber roofing has a host of other advantages:
"Another advantage to using rubber roofing materials is that most rolls and shingles are composed of recycled tires, saw dust and slate dust, which are much more eco-friendly than other roofing materials. Although rubber-roofing shingles can be more expensive than asphalt shingles, rubber roofs are much more durable and less likely to crack and crumble through tumultuous weather and drastic changes in temperature."
This efficient type of roofing system is also quite easy to install, which only adds to its cost-cutting benefits. The seamless rubber rolls will have to be set up and sealed after stripping down your commercial building’s roof to a plywood base (some manufacturers will only recognize warranty this way). Established contractors like Roofing & More, Inc. will usually trim the roll whenever necessary, remove any air bubbles, and let the adhesive set in.
On the most basic of rubber roof maintenance requirements, you should have it cleaned and sealed with the appropriate roof treatment at least three or four times a year. You should also make sure that any mold or mildew growth is taken care of, typically by using a powerful cleaning solution.
You should learn as much about the material as you can before opting to have one installed. Moreover, make sure that you only hire reputable roofing contractors in Northern Virginia like Roofing & More, Inc. to set one up for you – this way you ensure that little to no human error hinders a successful installation.
(Article Information and Image from How Rubber Roofs Work, HowStuffWorks)
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