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If you are seeking into how commercial roofing works and considering completing a commercial roofing project yourself, look no further.

Commercial roofing, which functions differently than residential roofing, comes in numerous forms and sizes and may be accessible in a few distinct ways.

If you are a company owner, you have come to the correct location. If you are a contractor, learn more about how your clients see your company. This article will explain the distinction between commercial and residential roofing, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of commercial roofing projects and the materials that are best suited for commercial roofs.

What distinguishes commercial roofing from residential roofing?

Residential roofing is a roofing job done in your home rather than where you work. Of fact, there isn’t much difference – a roof is a roof, after all – but there are a few important variances between the two that are worth discussing.


While a typical home roof is inclined and constructed of slate tiles, business roofs are frequently flat, utilitarian, and straightforward.


Because commercial buildings are sometimes owned by businesses looking to cut costs and optimize efficiency, commercial roofs are frequently designed in a strictly utilitarian manner and rigorously maintained.

This implies greater waste removal, quicker repairs, and more expensive contracts with construction companies. A residential roof, on the other hand, is more of a case-by-case fixture that is fixed only when it is broken by the property owner.

Commercial Roofing Benefits and Drawbacks

Commercial roofing can be high-spec and of exceptional quality, but it has its drawbacks. If you own a business and are searching for a purpose-built place to operate, consider the benefits and drawbacks of a commercial roofing project.

Pros: Fewer square feet. A business roof will cover fewer square feet than a sloping residential roof since it is generally flat. This reduces your expenditures because you are simply covering the space required for your roof.

Commercial Roof RepairNo-frills roofing. Commercial property is typically meant for usefulness rather than aesthetics. Business roofing, unlike residential roofing, is often a no-frills affair, which means it is less expensive to perform a commercial roofing job than a residential one.

Environmentally beneficial alternatives. Because business rooftops are frequently flat, it is easy to install solar panels or even establish a roof garden to hold herbs, veggies, and room for staff to hang out and take a break. This is better for everyone – the earth, and the people who live on it.

Repairs will be easier to do. It might be dangerous for repairmen to climb onto a sloping residential roof to check or repair it. Specialist equipment like scaffolding is frequently needed for it. However, with a flat business roof, repairs and maintenance may be conducted safely and securely in all weather.

Regulations will be tightened. Your business roof may be subject to inspections, mandated reporting, and repairs depending on where you reside. This is for the safety of your staff and for the viability of any investors and shareholders too. However, the expense of repairs and upkeep may quickly add up.

Problems with drainage. The major reason residential roofs are tilted is to facilitate drainage. If it rains onto a slanted roof, the water can trickle down the sloped roof and drain off the roof altogether, eliminating any accumulation. However, a flat business roof may possibly build up rainwater if a sufficient drainage system is not built-in. Water accumulation can cause leaks into the inside of the structure and build-up repair and maintenance expenses too.

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Options for Commercial Roofs

Although flat roofs are most prevalent for business buildings, there are different forms of commercial roofing available. Slanted roofs are more costly, but they might provide improved drainage for your business structure. Slanted roofs are also subject to stringent rules and can be harmed by weight, such as heavy snowfall, which can wreak havoc on the roofing structure.

Commercial Roofing Materials

If you are considering a commercial roofing project or hiring a contractor to execute the work, you are definitely curious about the materials that are often utilized for roofing projects. Here are several dependable commercial roofing materials, along with their benefits.

• Metal. There are two methods for installing a metal roof: retrofitting and normal metal fitting. Retrofitting entails removing metal from your roof and refitting it into a protective covering, which is both cost-effective and ecologically beneficial. If it isn’t for you, consider steel cladding. This is quite cost-effective, however, it is not very visually beautiful.

• PVC. PVC is durable and fire-resistant, which is why it is so popular for commercial roofing. PVC is a weather-resistant synthetic plastic polymer that also provides a thick, energy-saving coating to assist minimize your heating expenses. However, because PVC occasionally has a greater charge, it may not be affordable for every business owner.

• TPO. TPO is an abbreviation for thermoplastic polyolefin, which is comparable to PVC but less costly. As a result, it is a popular choice among commercial roofers.

• EPDM. EPDM, unlike the other plastic-variant roofing alternatives discussed, is black and rubbery, however, a white covering can be added. This is a sturdy, weather-proof roofing solution that many commercial roofers pick.

As you can see, there are a number of roofing options available to you as a property owner. There is no longer a need to deal with a dangerous or leaking roof. Please feel free to get in touch with us and allow us the opportunity to discuss the options that are available to you.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663, provides commercial roof repair, commercial roof installation and commercial roof replacement services to Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities and has been providing commercial roofing services to the area for over 19 years. When you need help regarding commercial metal roofing, contact us at

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Considerations for Fire and Wind Safety in Commercial Roofing

Commercial roofing plays an important role in maintaining the performance and longevity of your building while also keeping the occupants and assets within protected from the elements. According to the ICCPC, or ICC Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities, building performance has been defined as “the structure’s capacity to withstand specific magnitudes of events within a tolerable limit of damage”. The “events” referred to here can include natural, expected hazards, or technological hazards.

Natural Hazards — can include ice, snow, wind, rain, frost, thermal loads, etc.

Technological Hazards — can include fires and explosions as well as exposure to toxic or corrosive materials.

Roof damage is typically caused by one or more of the following factors:

  • Flaws in the roof design
  • Poor quality materials
  • Unskilled or inexperienced installation work
  • Material deterioration
  • Inadequate roofing application

Properly designed and well-maintained roofs can provide adequate fire safety and proper wind load resistance to protect the building and occupants within from roof failure.

Fire Ratings and Fire Resistance

Designing a roof that will resist the penetration and spread of fire is easier than designing one that will not cause these problems.

Fire safety is an important concern for any commercial roof building, not only to protect the value of the structure but more importantly to save the lives of the occupants within. The commercial roof must be installed with certain safeguards that will stop the spread of fire and thereby minimize the loss of property, building damage, or severe injuries or fatalities due to toxic fumes, fire, and smoke.

To improve and encourage fire safety in commercial buildings, certain fire ratings have been laid out. These fire ratings provide roofing materials with a rating indicating their performance in case of fire. Class “A” is the highest possible fire rating and provides the best performance in fire safety. Class “C” and underrated are the lowest grades and provide minimal protection.

Important considerations for fire-resistant commercial roofing — System type and slope

Commercial Roof Replacement ContractorsNoncombustible roofing materials, like concrete and clay tiles, slate, asphalt-glass composition shingles, and metal panels, all receive a very high fire safety rating, typically A or B. But it is important to remember that the rating provided for your roof will be the sum of all its parts. As mentioned in the NRCA tech article, even if some roofing materials are Class A, the roof decks and underlayment sheets selected for use in this roofing system may not qualify for Class A or B ratings.

Alterations in the 2009 International Building Codes, or IBC, now make it mandatory that all buildings and roofs are regularly subjected to a standard fire test that will determine their expected performance when exposed to fire. The only exception is those roof coverings installed over noncombustible roof decks or framing. Wood shakes and roof coverings made of noncombustible rubber or aluminum need extra materials to be used with the roof covering and sheathing that will make the roof eligible for a Class A rating.

Another key point on the topic of fire-rated roof coverings is that when they are used on steep slopes their fire resistance is impaired. In this situation, roofing contractors must take additional measures to ensure that the roof structure’s fire-resistant properties are improved.

Wind Uplift Ratings and Wind Load Resistance

Many different factors can affect the way a building is affected by the wind. This can include the height of the building as well as its exposure to high-speed winds. For example, buildings that are in urban and suburban areas typically enjoy protection from strong winds. On the other hand, those buildings located near large expanses of featureless terrain or open expanses of water can experience very strong winds and this can increase wind loads.

Wind uplift happens when the air pressure above the roof drops below the air pressure below the roof. A variety of wind uplift ratings are used to test the resistance of a roof’s structures to uplift. Uplift is always the strongest at the roof’s corners and edges. This can be one of the most catastrophic effects of strong winds that can devastate buildings and cause roof blow-offs, damaged roof covers, and roof structure collapse.

Roofing contractors must pay close attention to the commercial roof they will be putting in place to mitigate uplift and reduce the damage caused by wind force. Correctly attaching the roof system to the building involves choosing the proper wind-life complaint roofing materials which are critical to minimizing wind resistance.

Another example would be the fasteners that are applied at the perimeter and corners of the roof to hold membranes in place. These must be chosen to meet the specifications for roof uplift loads. For commercial buildings in locations where the wind speeds will typically increase beyond 90mph, certain design, maintenance, and construction enhancements are also a good idea.

Wind and Fire Safety Concerns

If you are not sure about the safety specifications, codes, and other guidelines that apply to your location, this can all be rather confusing. Contact your local roofing contractor for more information.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663, provides commercial roof repair, commercial roof installation and commercial roof replacement services to Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities and has been providing commercial roofing services to the area for over 19 years. When you need advice to protect your commercial roof from wind and fire issues, give us a call. Also, if you have a metal commercial roof, check out our other website at

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