Before purchasing, replacing, or repairing the roof on your industrial business, you need to understand a bit about the industry. Industrial roofing is not an easy project and requires business owners to become familiar with some terms and processes before selecting an industrial roofing contractor to work with.

There are a number of factors that can impact the quality and integrity of your new industrial roofing, not to mention your budget. Climate, future maintenance options and installation budget can all impact how your commercial roofing project goes. Being aware of the terms, processes, and costs associated with the industrial roofing industry will go along way in helping you make an informed choice when selecting a contractor and materials.

Different Types of Industrial Roofing Material

There is a wide selection of industrial roofing materials on the market. Each material can be used to protect and insulate a business’s building. However, each one of these materials will vary in the manner that they are installed, how they are secured, the composition of the materials, and how well they will function.

The three most popular industrial roofing systems are: built-up, torch-on, and EPDM. Here’s a quick breakdown of each:

Built-Up Industrial Roofing: The most common type of industrial roofing is built-up roofing, or BUR. A BUR system will have alternating layers of asphalt combined with roofing felt. This combination reinforces both materials, which build up into multiple layers. The layers created are referred to as ply. Once the desired number of plies has been built, the roof is then covered with a layer of gravel, referred to as a ballast. The ballast secures the built-up plies.

EPDM Industrial Roofing System: Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) is an industrial roofing material made out of synthetic rubber. This material is used primarily in flat or low-slopping industrial roofs. EPDM comes in premade sheets or in rolls. EPDM creates rubber layers on an industrial roof by using overlapping single-ply sheets that secure bonding cement and ballasts in place. EPDM systems have begun to rise in popularity, as they do not require any heat to install and are typically very lightweight.

Torch-On Industrial Roofing Systems: Coming in ready-made rolls like an EPDM system, torch-on roofing is a lightweight rubber membrane. The membrane has been modified with a special asphalt to improve the waterproofing abilities. Professional industrial roofers use a torch to heat a torch-on membrane as he or she begins to adhere it into place by rolling it out.

How To Choose An Industrial Roofing Material

There are a number of factors to consider when selecting an industrial roofing material and contractor. To begin, you’ll want to select the type of material you want on your roof. Then you can consider:

  • Durability of material
  • Maintenance required
  • Climate considerations
  • Material color
  • Costs of material
  • Costs of installation

Industrial Roofing In Kansas City

If you’re in the Kansas City area and looking for a great industrial roofing contractor, please reach out to us at ICC Roofing. With over 10 years of industrial roofing experience in the Kansas City area, we strive to offer the people of Kansas City the best roofing solutions available.