Industrial Roofing

(Industrial Roofing)

Roofing material used in the manufacturing industry frequently takes a beating, above and beyond the normal wear and tear experienced by residential properties. Chemicals, exhausts and residues from the manufacturing process can break down most types of roofing materials more quickly than just sun, wind and weather.

Industrial roofing complexes also seem to have more skylights to bring natural light to the interior. Penetrations in the roofing system are prone to leaks unless the roofing system is properly installed and maintained.

In addition, extra safety measures and care must be taken with roofing systems for businesses with sensitive operations — like the semi-conductor or food industries — where dust and dirt falling from above can cause problems.

In general, industrial roofing tends to use flat or low slope roof design. There are five types of roofing materials typically used for that type of design including:

  • Built-Up Roofing (BUR): Built-Up roofing consists of multiple layers of material that are laminated together.
  • Spray Foam: Spray polyurethane foam (SPF or just foam) is applied as a liquid (which puffs up once applied), it forms a continuous, seamless, protective barrier around vents, pipes and other protrusions through the roof.
  • Modified Bitumen: Modified Bitumen (MB) is asphalt with modifiers added to it to give it plastic or rubber-like properties making it much more durable.
  • Singly Ply Roofing: Single ply roofing membranes (sometimes referred to as PVC or TPO) is comprised of four basic elements — an insulation layer, a single ply membrane usually made of plastic or rubber, flashing and an adhesive.
  • Metal Roofing: While not an ideal solution for absolutely flat roofs, metal roofing is terrific for low slope roofs. Typically made of steel, aluminum or copper, metal roofs can also be extremely attractive.