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Roofing FAQ

Commercial roofing refers to roofing services provided specifically for clients who own or run businesses. These could be universities, multi-family apartment buildings, warehouses, and retail stores. These roofs typically have flat or low-slope roofing applications.

A commercial roofer is a roofer who is experienced in roofing buildings that have non-traditional roofs, such as flat or low-sloped roofs. Commercial roofers are also experienced with commercial roofing materials, such as single-ply membranes like TPO and EPDM, green roofing, and modified bitumen.

Different types of commercial roofing include TPO, EPDM, modified bitumen, PVC, and green roofing. Each of these roofing materials is designed to accommodate flat roofing systems such as those found on top of restaurants, hospitals, apartment buildings, and shopping malls.

The best commercial roofing material depends on your specific application. The right roofing material can vary from business to business. For example, a low-slope roof may benefit from modified bitumen as a material whereas a strictly flat roof might be better protected with a single-ply membrane such as TPO or PVC.

There are a few reasons flat roofs are popular on large buildings. They help create more space for the business to use inside. They are also easier for people to get up on the roof to inspect it, or to access roof vents, antennas, or other structures that may be on the roof. Flat roofs are also generally more cost-efficient to install and maintain for business owners.

Most commercial roofs are made of different variations of rubber, such as TPO and EPDM. However, other materials, such as PVC and modified bitumen, have different bases. PVC is more similar to vinyl while modified bitumen is an asphalt-based roofing system.

It depends on your specific roofing material and other factors such as how well the roofing material was installed and maintained. However, generally, commercial roofing systems can last for around 20 years, give or take a few years.

You need a new roof as soon as your existing one has reached the end of its life, which is typically when damage will begin to compromise your roofing system and doing extensive repairs won’t be cost-effective. Commercial properties may need a new roof every two decades.

Industrial roofing is similar to commercial roofing but generally has more challenges. For example, an industrial roof may be on a building that deals with harsh or corrosive manufacturing chemicals, heat, or other unforgiving conditions. These roofing materials need to be robust enough to withstand potential damage from the inside.

Industrial roofs can be made of many of the same materials as low-sloped commercial roofs, including single-ply membranes such as PVC and TPO, as well as asphalt-based options such as modified bitumen.

Commercial roofing is considered roofing for businesses such as retail shops, large stores or warehouses, office buildings, apartment buildings, or other businesses and public buildings.

The difference between commercial and residential roofing is that commercial roofing is typically flat roofing, whereas residential roofing generally consists of pitched or sloped roofs. Commercial and residential roofing use different materials but can also use materials that overlap, such as metal or modified bitumen for use on residential balconies or garages.

Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing is a type of single-ply roofing material designed for flat roofing systems. TPO is white in color and is also called a “cool roof”, meaning it doesn’t absorb heat from the sun the way a darker roofing material would. As a result, TPO can help support energy efficiency in addition to protecting your roof.

A roof needs to be replaced when it is no longer protecting your property the way it should. It may be in need of extensive repairs, be compromising your property’s energy efficiency, or just may be approaching the end of its life due to wear and tear. An inspection with an experienced roofer can let you know when your roof needs to be replaced.

The lifespan of a roof depends on several crucial factors, such as the location of your business, any maintenance or repairs done to the roof, and the roof’s original material. With the right care, most roofing systems can last 20 years before needing to be replaced.

A roof needs to be replaced when it is no longer protecting your structure. Many commercial roofing materials can last up to 20 years with the right maintenance, and some can last 50 years or more. Depending on your roofing material, you may also have the option of applying a roof coating to add a few more years of life to your roof.

How long it takes to replace a roof will depend on the size of your roof and the material you’ve chosen. Small commercial roofing projects can take up to a week, and larger projects take longer. Rest assured when you work with CDS Roofing, we minimize our presence at your place of business while completing your roofing job for a smooth process.

The cost to replace a roof can vary widely depending on the square footage of your roof, whether you need to remove your original roofing material, what new roofing material you choose, and the brand you choose. Your roofer can give you a thorough estimate during your consultation.

It depends on the roofing material you choose, how large your roof is, and whether or not you need to have your old roof removed or have any repairs done prior to the installation. All of these factors can influence how much a new roof costs. Every project is different and CDS Roofing will be more than happy to discuss different options to meet your budget.

There’s no set limit for how much a roof repair will cost because it will depend on the square footage of the area that needs to be repaired as well as the nature of the repair. For example, fixing a small hole in the roof may not cost as much as finding and repairing a leak. Your professional roofer can give you a comprehensive estimate during your consultation for roof repair.

Yes, you can paint a metal roof, but before you do so, make sure the roof doesn’t have a coating that could prevent the paint from sticking.