Commercial Roofing

Roofing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a commercial building, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most important components. A good roof ensures the structural integrity of the property. So, if you're a business owner or a facility manager, and need help, call FGA Roofing. We offer a variety of comprehensive services that can help you protect your investments for years to come. 


What is Commercial Roofing?

Commercial roofing refers to the materials and methods used to seal, bind, and cover commercial structures. Unlike residential roofing, which is often steeply sloped, commercial roofs tend to be flat or have a very low slope. This design choice is partly due to the sheer size of commercial buildings.

Types of Commercial Roofing Systems

There are several types of roofing systems suitable for commercial properties. Here's a breakdown of the most popular ones:

  • Built-Up Roofing or BUR: This is one of the oldest commercial roofing systems. It comprises layers of asphalt or coal tar and reinforcing fabrics. The system is finished with a top layer of aggregate, like gravel.
  • Single-Ply Membranes: These are sheets of rubber and other synthetics that can be ballasted, mechanically fastened, or chemically adhered to insulation, creating a layer of protection for your building.
  • Modified Bitumen: This is similar to BUR but is reinforced with fiberglass or polyester layers, enhancing its durability and flexibility.
  • Metal Roofing: This involves the installation of metal pieces sealed together. Although more common in residential settings, metal roofing can be a good choice for commercial properties due to its longevity and fire-resistant qualities.

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Roofing System

The climate of your region greatly influences the best choice for roofing materials. For example, areas with heavy rainfall may require roofs with quality waterproofing. Also, remember that commercial roofing can be a substantial investment, so weigh the initial costs against long-term advantages. Maintenance needs vary, so think about the time and expense of upkeep for your chosen roof over the years. Different materials have a variety of lifespans, ranging from just 20 years to over half a century. For those valuing sustainability, it may be best to opt for eco-friendly and energy-efficient roofing solutions.


Maintenance and Care

Proper maintenance is important for prolonging the life of your commercial roof. Regular inspections can identify issues early on, saving you from costly repairs or replacements in the long run. Here are some general maintenance tips:

  • Regular Inspections: At a minimum, inspect your roof bi-annually, preferably in the spring and fall. After significant weather events, like storms, also consider an inspection.
  • Cleanliness: Ensure that your roof is clean. Remove debris, such as leaves and branches, which can trap moisture and cause damage.
  • Drainage: Check your drainage systems for blockages. Standing water can severely damage your roof and reduce its lifespan.
  • Repairs: Address minor issues immediately. Small problems, like minor leaks, can quickly escalate into more significant problems.

Do You Need Commercial Roofing Services for Your Business? 

A commercial roof should protect your assets. If you’re concerned that your roof has been compromised or if you’re ready for an upgrade, call FGA Roofing. Our team can help you make informed decisions that will serve your building well for years to come. Contact our office for more details or to schedule a convenient appointment. 



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