We at Cap City Restoration in Columbus Ohio are the company to help you extend your commercial roofing life cycle. Our skilled commercial roof technicians and commercial roof installers will locate your commercial roof leak or potential hazards on a commercial roof and engineer a unique roof repair solution to solve the problem and stop water from entering the building. Our solution will solve any issue that you may be having that requires commercial roof leak repair.
A commercial roof is typically a flat roof on top of a commercial building (think Home Depot or Walmart). In comparison to a residential roof with steeper slopes, shingles, and minimal or no insulation at the roof itself, a commercial roof is typically built in layers with thick insulation directly under the roof, is flat or has a minimal slope, and the surface is a continuous membrane.
The biggest issue with commercial roofs, because they’re flat, is drainage. A good contractor will plan accordingly and establish proper slopes and drainage points, if not, your commercial roof will quickly meet its demise. See our helpful blog post about commercial roofing for a thorough breakdown of the entire structure of a commercial roof.
TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofing is becoming the most common commercial roofing material and its use is growing more and more every year. Compared to materials used in the past such as EPDM, PVC, and modified bitumen, TPO roofing is lighter, more resistant to cracking and breakage, it’s light color provides great sun reflection, and it’s long-lasting.
TPO roofing is frequently compared to PVC roofing but in fact is much slicker allowing for better flow of water off of the roof, is lighter allowing for less stress on the building itself, is more flexible to allow for easier application and greater durability, and TPO is 100% recyclable and much more environmentally friendly.
A TPO roofing system should last 20-30 years. Because TPO is a relatively new technology, materials continue to improve and contractors are gaining more experience with it and a modern, well maintained TPO roof is beginning to last 30+ years. An EPDM roof should last the average business owner 20-35 years, and an asphalt roof can last anywhere from 20-40 years.
A key point with any commercial roof is that it should be maintained. A good, qualified contractor should be up on the commercial roof every year checking for leaks, abnormal wear, and cracks. Just like any other roof, a leak can start small but lead to big problems.