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Summertime Maintenance for Your Flat Roof

The commercial roofing contractor team at A-Plus Roofing in Minneapolis talks about keeping your roof in good shape during the summer months. We share why summer is an ideal time to keep up with roof repairs and some common maintenance issues to watch out for. 

The Risks of Postponing Flat Roof Repair

The Duro-Last roofing pros at A-Plus Roofing in Minneapolis talk about the benefits of installing a Duro-Last roof on your commercial facility. We discuss the value of a prefabricated roof and talk about the Duro-Last difference. 

The Risks of Postponing Flat Roof Repair

Commercial roofs and residential roofing systems are fundamentally different in their structure and composition. Most commercial roofs require coverage over a large facility with commercial heating and cooling systems, which means these buildings require flat roof construction. To the untrained observer, a flat roof system would naturally require a simpler engineering design than its residential roofing counterparts. While a commercial roofing system may seem simple, but it’s far more complex than you might suspect at first glance.

Reasons Your Flat Roof Leaks

Despite sharing the same purpose, to protect your building, commercial flat roofs share very little in common with their residential roof counterparts. To begin with, residential roofs are pitched to allow for water runoff. Generally speaking, the function and needs of flat roofs are much different from those of a pitched residential roof. Like residential roofs, however, there are several main reasons a commercial flat roof might be leaking.

When to Choose Flat Roof Replacement Over Repair

Unlike residential roofs, which use a pitch to direct water and debris, most commercial roofs use a flat roof system. The flat roof effectively protects a commercial building using a completely different approach to roofing, but it boasts several surprising advantages over residential roofs. A commercial roof is much easier to access for regular maintenance and repairs. It’s also much less costly to repair or replace than its residential roof counterparts as labor is much simpler and materials are more affordable.

Winter Damage and Your Commercial Flat Roof

Extreme winter weather is a fact of life in the Twin Cities. When you’re in charge of maintaining a commercial property, managing the impact of wild winter weather on your assets is crucial. Extremely low temperatures invariably mean snow and ice, which can wreak havoc on a commercial flat roof. Repairing a roof before the problems worsen is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your business from disaster.

How Does Winter Impact a Commercial Flat Roof?

We’ve already been hit with a couple of polar blasts this year in Minnesota, and according to the Farmer’s Almanac, we’re only just getting started. If you own or run a business with a commercial flat roof, one of the most important things you can do is stay on top of your roof when extreme weather hits. If your roof has even minor damage, winter extremes can push it to the point of no return. That’s because the flat quality of commercial roofs can open it up to damage faster than pitched roofs.

What are the Main Causes of a Commercial Roof Leak?

Commercial flat roof membranes are known for their reliability and durability. However, if you suspect there could be a problem with your roof, it’s not something you want to take a chance on. Postponing your roof’s repairs can lead to serious damage inside your facilities and pose a risk to the building’s occupants. On the other hand, completely replacing a roof may seem like a drastic measure when you have a busy facility to run.

How a Commercial Membrane Roof Stacks Up to Gravel and Tar

Modern roofing systems have come a long way over the last century or so. For many years, the most prominent roofing system used for commercial buildings was the BUR or built-up roofing system. Sometimes known as tar and gravel roofs, these systems became popular as the many applications of crude oil came into widespread usage. But these roofing options have gradually been replaced over the years with far more sophisticated flat roof solutions.

What are the Main Differences between Commercial and Residential Roofing?

William Shakespeare once said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” A rose is a rose, but are all roofs the same? At its most basic, a roof’s job is to protect a building from the elements no matter what the purpose of the building beneath it. That’s why you might be surprised to learn that there are actually a few key differences between a commercial and a residential roof.

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