Commercial roofs play an important role in protecting a business and the property contained within its facilities. At A-Plus Roofing, we install high-performance commercial roofs throughout the Twin Cities area. Commercial manufacturers like GAF rely on value engineering to design high-performance roofing materials. In this post, we’ll share the important role of value engineering in designing modern commercial roofs.
What is Value Engineering?
Value engineering is a type of engineering that’s found in many areas of production. In roofing, the concept of value engineering centers around engineering to optimize the function and value of a construction material. When designing commercial roofs, manufacturers weigh value against the cost of materials. The key to value engineering is making sure assembly and performance are never compromised.
One of the most common mistakes when installing a new commercial roof is to mistake value for value engineering. When compromises are made to reduce construction costs or shorten the installation schedule, the quality of the roof can suffer. Unfortunately, these compromises can impact long-term roof performance and increase repair costs in the long run.
These are a few of the key performance attributes manufacturers should consider when designing a value-engineered roof:
● Water resistance and condensation prevention: Liquid water in the form of condensation can displace air with water, leading to insulation damage. Water infiltration can also cause rust, rotting, and other degradation of roofing and building materials.
● Wind resistance: Wind resistance particularly impacts the corners and edges of a roof. A wind-resistant roof should be third-party tested to determine a roofing system’s wind loads.
● Impact resistance: Impact resistance means reduction of damage to the membrane or fasteners when impacted with hailstones or debris due to high winds. Additionally, maintenance traffic can also create impact damage.
● Energy efficiency: Energy efficiency looks at thermal resistance and reflectivity. A roof plays a critical role in determining a building’s efficiency levels. An efficient roof reflects heat, reducing heat gain and the energy required to cool a building.
● UV resistance and heat resistance: In addition to energy efficiency, a commercial roofing membrane must resist heat and prevent UV degradation to maintain optimal membrane performance for as long as possible.
● Wear resistance: Commercial roofs are often trafficked for maintenance purposes. Membrane thickness and walkways are value-engineered to prevent degradation due to wear.
Your Twin Cities Commercial Roofing Contractor
At A-Plus Roofing, our roofing specialists work with value-engineered roofing manufacturers to install high-performance roofs throughout the Twin Cities area. We partner with companies like GAF, Carlisle, and Duro-Last to install water and heat-resistance commercial roofs that stand up to years of wear and impact. We also provide roof inspections and flat roof repair.
To get an honest estimate and contact-free service, call and speak with a flat roof contractor at 952-894-5435. You can also contact us online to connect with a commercial roofing contractor today.