Dutchess County Roofing: Article About Commercial Roof Trends
Keeping a commercial or industrial building operating at peak performance takes constant attention and a deep understanding of the building's systems from plumbing to roofing. Staying abreast of recent building technologies and trends can help facility managers ensure that their buildings function as economically and durably as possible, and plenty of roofing trends can help.
One of the biggest trends in low slope and commercial roofing is a movement away from built up roofing, or BUR, and toward thermoplastic olefin, or TPO, single ply membrane roofing. Part of TPO's growing popularity is its excellent performance. TPO roofs are extremely resistant to fire, ultraviolet, chemical, ozone and wind damage, and their uniform landscape makes them more easily inspected for wear and tear.
"Roofing Contractor" magazine reports that tougher ASTM standards and new R factor calculations will require that these single membrane roofs have more insulation than in previous years. Their experts also expect the membranes to become available in heftier thicknesses to promote more durability. With all of the choices available, facility managers should seek the advice of a trusted Dutchess County roofing contractor to determine whether a TPO roof is best for the building in question.
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Finding a roof that maximizes the building's energy efficiency and minimizes environmental damage is also a top priority for today's facility managers. Green building initiatives account for about 60 percent of today's projects, including vegetated roofs and cool roofs. As most facility managers know, traditional dark roofs absorb the sun's heat, reaching temperatures in excess of 150 degrees. That heat can transfer into the building's interior, forcing cooling costs to skyrocket. To avoid this heat load, many facility managers are pursuing cool roof technologies that resist heat buildup and won't emit that heat back into the atmosphere. Roofs that are installed in cool roof colors or are retrofitted with a cool roof color application can provide significant air conditioning savings and contribute points to a building's LEED certification.
Cold applied adhesives will continue to grow as more cities, counties and states put limits on the type of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that are produced with heat applied adhesives. These types of adhesives also appeal to many facility managers because the cold application method is safer for workers and generally less time consuming and costly.
Finally, self adhered or peel and stick single membrane roofs are also taking the industry by storm. New products in this category even include self adhered membranes that can be installed in temperatures as high at 120 degrees and as cold as 20 degrees.