Asphalt roofing systems: Performance, price, and recyclability
Asphalt roofing systems are often used for commercial roofing applications due to the low lifetime cost, ease of installation, tensile strength and durability. And, because LEED v4 certification requirements are more focused on the use of sustainable materials than previous iterations, the recyclable nature of asphalt roofing can be quite appealing for commercial applications.
Whether you’re looking to repair an existing roof or you’re building an entirely new facility, here are the benefits of several asphalt roofing systems:
- Modified bitumen installation
Modified bitumen roofing, commonly used on low-slope and flat roofs, is made up of asphalt-based single-ply membranes. Because modified bitumen membranes are manufactured, they are tested heavily in compliance with industry standards and often come with long-term manufacturer warranties.Modified bitumen roofing is known for its water-proofing capabilities, and for providing superior insulation which can keep your energy bills low and contribute toward your building’s LEED v4 certification.An experienced commercial roofing contractor will complete modified bitumen installation in compliance with the warranty, so you get the greatest long-term value out of your commercial roofing.
- Asphalt shingles
Often, houses can be converted for commercial use. A common roofing material for housing—and some commercial buildings—are standard 3 tab asphalt shingles.Asphalt shingles are affordable and, if properly installed by vertical racking or stair-stepping, can be a quite durable roofing material. Graphite isn’t the only color option, either—asphalt shingles are manufactured in many different color varieties, allowing for design versatility.You’ll want to look for a contractor that provides only premium shingles—CertainTeed and GAF are some of the best manufacturers available. While subpar products allow some contractors to provide lower quote, they will not provide the same level of protection nor will they last as long.There are also shingle recycling programs, which can, if utilized, contribute toward receiving LEED v4 certification for your building.
- Peel and stick roofing underlayment
Peel and stick roofing is an asphalt-based underlayment—or protective water- and ice-proof inner layer—often used for many roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, metal and tile.In addition to providing protection against UV damage and extreme temperatures, peel and stick roofing underlayment can also prevent ice damming, or ridges created by ice that prevent proper drainage from a roof. If not prevented through proper roofing techniques and using the right underlayment, the damage caused by ice damming can be expensive to reverse.
For your next commercial roofing repair or installation, be sure to call Wildwood Roofing & Constructors. Here’s why.
We’re experienced—we’ve been installing asphalt roofing systems for years. We know the proper techniques to get the most out of the roofing system, and we can help you navigate fire codes and international standards.
We’re honest—we offer a free consultation where we’ll analyze your roofing needs and give you a fair quote. Then we stick to that quote.
We hold ourselves to a higher standard—we think about roofing from every angle. Energy efficiency, durability, technique, cost-effectiveness. We’ll guide you through your commercial roofing project from start to end. There’s a reason why we’re proud of every roofing project we’ve ever completed.
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