Many of the roofs used on commercial and industrial facilities need to meet very similar requirements, therefore many of the materials successfully used on commercial roofs are suitable for building industrial buildings as well. Here are some of the most common options:
- Metal – metal roofing contractors affirm that the large sheets made from strong, corrosion-resistant alloys, such as steel or aluminum, are the most common roofing solutions used on both types of facilities, preferred for their durability of up to 50 years, their affordable and easy ownership. The solution is available in variants that resist chemical spills as well;
- Built-up membrane – this is practically the good old tar and gravel roof, built from alternated layers of tar paper and aggregate. The solution is cheap, tough and easy to maintain;
- EPDM – also known as thermoset membrane, EPDM is a material appreciated for its flexibility at low temperatures as well as for its resistance to chemical spills, including acids and solvents;
- TPO – another synthetic roofing material, TPO is lightweight, it has high reflective qualities and it is resistant to chemicals, UV radiation as well as impact that could cause tears and punctures;
- Modified bitumen – the solution is a more modern version of the built-up roof, made using reinforced fabrics and bitumen. These roofs are very stable and resistant, being suitable for heavy foot traffic.