Central Texas, South Texas Commercial Roofing Professionals
While many commercial structures feature conventional “pitched” roofing, commercial roofing is usually synonymous with “flat” or “low-slope” roofing. From architectural and engineering standpoints, flat roofs are the most practical roof designs for commercial spaces, public facilities, and other buildings with expansive footprints. ARP Roofing specializes in several commercial roofing types, coatings, and solar installations at a competitive commercial roofing cost.
It All Starts with a Proper Roof Inspection
Roof Inspections by a commercial roofing company San Antonio, TX are key to maintaining an impermeable roof that protects a commercial property and its contents. Roofs should be inspected annually, and before Texas storm seasons.
Commercial Metal RoofingCommercial Metal Roofing
Before the invention of plastic and vinyl compounds, commercial structures relied on the outstanding durability of metal roofing. Metal roofing is sleek, efficient, lightweight, low maintenance, and fire retardant. Generally speaking, there are two main types of metal panel roofing, corrugated (roll form) and standing seam (concealed fastener) metal roofing.
A standing seam metal roof, the type used in most commercial applications today, is constructed of interlocking metal panels that run from the ridge of the roof to the eave. As the name implies, standing seam metal roofs have seams that are raised above the roof’s surface.
Metal Roofing… It’s a Good Investment!
Investing in a metal roof for a commercial property may involve a higher initial cost compared to other roofing materials, but it can prove to be a better long-term investment for several reasons.
Durability and Longevity
Metal roofs have a longer lifespan compared to many other roofing materials. They can last 50 years or more with proper maintenance. Reduced frequency of replacements means lower long-term costs.
Low Maintenance Requirements
Metal roofs are low-maintenance, requiring minimal attention over their lifespan. This translates to lower ongoing maintenance costs for the property owner.
Metal roofs reflect sunlight, reducing heat absorption and helping to keep the building cooler. Improved energy efficiency can lead to lower utility bills, contributing to long-term cost savings.
Resistant to Harsh Weather Conditions
Metal roofs are highly resistant to extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow, hail, and high winds. Reduced risk of damage from weather events minimizes the need for costly repairs.
Some insurance companies offer discounts on premiums for buildings with metal roofs due to their durability and resistance to weather-related damage. Lower insurance costs contribute to overall financial savings.
Increased Property Value
The durability and aesthetic appeal of metal roofs can enhance the overall value of the commercial property. This can be advantageous in terms of resale value or attracting tenants.
Metal roofing is often recyclable at the end of its life, reducing the environmental impact. Some metal roofs are made from recycled materials, contributing to sustainability.
Metal roofs are non-combustible, providing an added layer of fire resistance to the building. This can lead to lower insurance costs and reduced risk of fire-related damage.
Metal roofs come in various styles, colors, and finishes, providing aesthetic flexibility for different architectural designs. The customizable appearance can enhance the overall visual appeal of the property.
In some regions, tax incentives or credits may be available for installing energy-efficient roofing materials, including certain types of metal roofs. These financial incentives can offset the initial higher cost.
PVC and TPO Single Ply Roofing
For flat or slightly sloped roofs, commercial roofing professionals and property owners frequently look to a single-ply roofing system to protect roofs from fire, extreme heat, and ultraviolet radiation. The most common materials used in single-ply roofing include TPO roofing and PVC roofing.
PVC or polyvinyl chloride is a plastic material widely used in commercial roofing. PVC is often referred to as vinyl roofing. It consists of a single-ply membrane composed of two layers of PVC material covering a strong coarse fabric reinforcement. PVC material comes in rolls and is installed using full adhesion, mechanical fastening, or ballasting and seam welding methods.
Commercial Roof Coatings
Application of a high quality commercial roof coating is a cost-effective way to prolong the lifespan and enhance the leak resistance of a flat or low sloped roofing system.At ARP Roofing & Remodeling, we can optimize your existing roofing system with the best roof coatings on the industry.
About Roof Coatings
Roof coatings are designed for protecting commercial roof systems and extending the life of existing roof coverings, such as modified bitumen (MBR), built-up roofing (BUR), single-ply membranes, spray polyurethane foam, and metal roof substrates. Roof coatings are also applied to new construction. Roof coatings are a good alternative to a roof replacement. At roughly half the cost of a replacement, coatings can extend the life of a flat roof up to 10 years.
The materials used to formulate modern roof coatings are extremely elastic, typically containing a formula including resin. The most common types of roof coatings are asphalt coatings, polyurethane coatings, acrylic coatings, and silicone coatings.
SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam) roofing systems provide a seamless, protective barrier between the outside and the inside of a building. SPF is defined by a sturdy foam application that conforms to any shape and permanently adheres to the roof, so that it minimizes the common causes of water damage. Removal of existing roofing material is rarely necessary. This feature of SPF roofing makes repairs much easier and less time-consuming. With a lifespan of over 30 years, SPF roofing systems are known for reliability and extended protection from wind, hail, snow, ice, and rain.
SPF roof systems are used primarily for flat or low-slope roofs in commercial and industrial buildings.
SPF roof systems are commonly used in Texas due to our diverse weather conditions. Their insulation and water-resistant properties are well known. Professional installation by ARP Roofing is crucial to ensure the proper application of the foam and to maximize the performance and longevity of the roofing system. Regular maintenance is also recommended to address any potential issues and extend the life of the SPF roof.
Commercial Solar Panel Installation
Solar panels are also known as “PV panels” and are used to convert solar light from the sun into electricity that can be used to power electrical loads. At ARP Roofing, Remodeling, and Solar, our solar power installations can remedy both issues while providing you with an environmentally- friendly solution to your energy needs.
A Continuous, Uninterrupted Power Source
For businesses that count on continuous energy, uninterrupted by black-outs or storm-related outages, solar panels reduce the reliance on what would otherwise be their single source of power failure – the local power grid.
Adopting a solar energy solution in the form of roof-mounted solar panels demonstrates corporate responsibility…
- Environmental Stewardship
- Renewable Energy Contribution
- Climate Change Mitigation
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
- Resource Conservation
- Positive Community Impact
- Future-Proofing Against Energy Risks
Commercial Gutters & Drainage
Unlike a pitched roof, flat commercial roofs can not rely on gravity‐driven gutter systems. Instead, flat and low-sloped roofs utilize interior drains and scuppers to move water off the rooftop and away from exterior walls, windows, and foundations.
Commercial roofs in Texas protect against all forms of precipitation, rain, and hail… These sources of water must be channeled off the roof via a properly engineered drainage system.
Good drainage is vital in that water collection can overload a roof’s weight capacity and, in rare cases, cause a roof to collapse. Backup drains are often designed into the roof system in order to mitigate this problem.
Parts of a Commercial Roof Drainage System
There are basically two types of flat roof drainage systems:
1) Seamless gutters
2) Siphonic systems
3) Gravity systems