The Pros and Cons of Industrial Roofing Materials

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The roof is one of the most important structures in your facility, keeping the rest of your building safe and dry. Installing and maintaining a high-quality roof is key to ensuring that your investment is protected. Various materials are available that are appropriate in industrial roofing, and their use can depend on your facility and needs.

The Pros and Cons of Industrial Roofing Materials

Here are the pros and cons of common materials to help with your decision:

  • Metal: This is a popular choice in industrial roofing because of the many benefits you gain. Metal roofs are environmentally friendly, since they can be recycled and repurposed, though it will be a long time before you need to replace it, since they can last up to 50 years. Metal is also resistant to mold, fire, and harsh weather, which makes them very suitable for industrial work. This is a more expensive roofing material, and it’s very important to ensure that water does not accumulate on the roof, since it can cause major damage.
  • Rubber (EDPM): This incredibly low-maintenance option is easy to install, lightweight, and lasts a long time. The material is also less expensive, so you will not need as high of an initial investment while still gaining its protective benefits. While it is more susceptible to damage than other industrial roofing materials, it is easily repaired for a low cost. You will also want to perform regular inspections to check for pooling water or cracking seams as the rubber shrinks over time.
  • Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO): This is a single-ply membrane roofing that is made up of ethylene, propylene, rubber, and fiberglass. TPO is installed in sheets and offers numerous advantages such as fire resistance, weather resistance, resistance to chemical exposure, and puncture resistance. Under intense heat, the membranes can loosen at the seams, so it’s important to inspect your roof regularly.

If you are looking to install or replace a roof, or if you have any questions about industrial roofing, don’t hesitate to give our team a call. We have over 50 years of experience to help you get the best from your roof.