As you would expect, industrial roofing needs to be very durable and long-lasting, and when it comes to suitable roofing materials, there is a range of cost-effective options available. Of course, it very much depends on your chosen industry as to what kind of roof is most suitable, yet every business does need a roof that has good insulating properties, and this is certainly available with the many composite materials we have today. Here is a brief description of the best industrial roofing materials to help you make the right choices when it comes to choosing the best roof for your factory or warehouse.
- Metal Roofing – You only have to take a look at the commercial roofing in Perth industrial zones to see that aluminium and galvanised steel are both very popular, and for good reason, as both metals are corrosion resistant, and with special coatings, the sunlight is reflected away, helping to keep the interior that little bit cooler. Corrugated sheeting is very quickly erected by professional installation teams, and once the roof is completed, there’s little that can go wrong.
- EPDM Rubber Roofing – This is a very popular solution, mainly due to the very reasonable cost and the watertight finish, and with heat application, all seams are welded together, making for a hardwearing and durable surface. The only downside to EDPM roofing is the black colour, which absorbs heat and that will make your a/c work much harder in the hot summer. EDPM roofing can be found in lighter shades, but is very expensive when compared to the standard black, and if you are looking for a visually appealing roof, rubber is not exactly the best of choices, although it is very functional.
- Rolled Asphalt – For decades, this was the favoured roof covering in Australia, and with the thick felt sheeting rolled onto the roof, while applying heat to weld the joins. The seamless finish means you have a single sheet rubber surface that is very durable and hard-wearing, and you could expect to see 10-15 years out of an asphalt roof. The roof is heavy when compared to other materials, especially if shingle is spread, as it sometimes is.
- TPO Roofing – This composite is gaining popularity among Australian business owners, thermoplastic polyolefin is very cost-effective, even cheaper than EDPM roofing, and with a white colour, the roof reflects the heat away from the surface, keeping the interior a few degrees lower in the summer.
- PVC Solutions – PVC is used in many ways, and it makes for a very functional roofing material, using two separate sheets of PVC that have a layer of polyester sandwiched in between. The PVC is UV resistant and flexible enough to allow some movement with changes of temperature, and joints are heat welded together for a watertight fit, and the downside is PVC tends the shrink, which puts pressure on the joints. A PVC roof would have the lifespan of a metal roof, with perhaps 10-15 years being the maximum you could hope for.
If you approach an established commercial roofing contractor, you can sire of a first class installation, regardless of the material you choose.