If you’ve got a commercial business with a flat roof, you may think it’s in great shape and not realize it has problems until you experience damage inside your facility. That’s because it can be tough to tell when there’s a problem on a flat roof.
If you’re a Twin Cities business owner, you know all too well the importance of a quality commercial flat roof. Your roof is your building’s main defense against some of the extreme temperature changes, snow, hail, and rain we can see here in Minnesota. It also works to protect your business against strong wind, debris, extreme heat, and even fire.
There is a wide range of factors to take into consideration when choosing your commercial roof. Cost, quality, and durability are all key elements to be taken into account. One of the most important considerations you might have overlooked is LEED certification. LEED certification stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification program sponsored by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
When it comes to winter, Minnesota roofs are truly put to the test. When the snow and ice take over, your roof needs to perform at its best to protect your business or multi-family units from damage. Between all the added weight from snow and thick ice, winter roof damage can cost upwards of thousands of dollars.
It is recommended that you have a commercial roof inspection performed every six to 12 months. The frequency in which you need your roof inspected varies based on the age of your roof, the type of commercial roof you have in place and the condition of your commercial roof. Commercial roof inspections take time and they cost money. As such, you may find yourself wondering if this is something you really need to do and why. Here are three reasons why routine commercial roof inspections are a must for any commercial building.
At A-Plus Roofing, we're experts in flat roofs in Minnesota. In order to attain this status, we offer a range of roofing services for commercial businesses in the Twin Cities area. Since 1990, we've been known as the go-to roofing company for the comprehensive services businesses need to maintain their productivity while protecting and securing their assets. Our list of services below provides more information.
Tar and gravel roof systems, also known as built-up roofing gained popularity about a hundred years ago when the many uses of crude oil were finding their way into the economy. As a commercial flat roof system, they've been pretty good and pretty cheap. Fortunately, scientists have developed more sophisticated products that also serve very well on flat and low-slope roofs. A-Plus Roofing Co. highly recommends these systems for their many benefits.
Flat roofs provide a rugged durability unmatched by other roofing styles. Used often for commercial and industrial applications, flat roofs require a different installation process than pitched or dome roofs, as well as different maintenance procedures over the years. The materials used for flat roofing is different than the metal, asphalt shingles, or cedar shakes you typically expect on a pitched roof because a flat roof is expected to perform on an industrial level toward maintaining your building.
Flat roofs are sometimes utilized to great effect with residential home designs but are typically considered for industrial or commercial buildings. Flat roofs provide a proven rugged durability which will likely outlive your lifespan, but everything has a breaking point and even flat roofs need maintenance or on occasion have to be replaced.
Although they achieve the same function, the very design of a flat roof is different from that of a pitched roof. There are instances in which a residential building may have a flat roof, but flat roofs are generally assumed to be for commercial or industrial buildings. Likewise, people tend to understand what maintenance their house's pitched roof requires but aren't sure about what the flat roof of a commercial building needs. Although flat roofs are typically quite sound and do the job they were intended for, there are a number of reasons why a flat roof might leak.
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