You have to be ready for every type of weather if you are roofing a commercial building in Idaho. There are many different types of commercial roofing. Here are the best roof types in Idaho.

Commercial Roofing Materials

As in residential roofing, you have several roofing options when covering a commercial roof. However, instead of selecting between asphalt shingles, wood shakes, and architectural shingles, you must choose from single-ply roofing materials, built-up roofing systems, or metal roofs.

Single Ply Roofing Systems

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin), PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), and EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) are three standard single-ply membranes designed to be used on low-slope or flat commercial roofs.

Single-ply systems are flexible and conform to the shape and movement of your commercial roof. They are typically light-colored and reflective. The surface is resistant to heat absorption, which makes the building more energy efficient during the hot summer months.

Additionally, single-ply systems are resistant to chemicals, grease, and oil. They are also lightweight and odorless, and the seams are watertight.

Built-Up Roofing Systems

Built-Up Roofing systems (BUR) are field assembled using alternating layers of roofing felt and asphalt. It is the oldest modern commercial roofing system for low-slope roofs.

This roof system has longevity in the industry because its multiple-layer redundancy is favored by many – as it is puncture resistant. In addition, new versions of BUR roofs have light-colored surface materials that make the rooftop more reflective –to improve the energy efficiency of the building.

Modified Bitumen Roofing Systems

A modified bitumen system is very similar to a BUR system, except that the asphalt used in these systems has been modified by adding synthetic rubberized polymers.

The polymers added to the asphalt provide increased elasticity, which is crucial in bitterly cold temperatures typical in Idaho. As a result, modified bitumen roofing systems are also long-lasting.

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Metal Roofing Systems

Metal roofing systems are long-lasting and come in a wide selection of styles and colors. They can be used on flat roofs or those with a steep slope. Such systems are prevalent on shopping centers and other customer-facing buildings.

Metal roofs require a structural supporting deck underneath the metal with a watertight underlayment. In addition, modern metal roofs utilize hidden fasteners, which reduces the amount of rust – that can lead to leaks.

AAA Roofing Will Help You Select the Right Roof System for Your Idaho Building

We’ve only given you a very brief introduction to commercial roof types in Idaho. To learn more about the specific types, speak with a professional commercial roofing contractor AAA Roofing.

We love helping building owners select the right roof systems for their commercial properties. We know that Idaho weather can be challenging, and we will help you find the right system to stand up to the weather – and be perfect for your usage.

Types of Commercial Roofing Materials

  • Single-ply systems (such as TPO, PVC, and EPDM roofing material) are flexible, lightweight, and highly reflective (making them UV resistant).
  • A built-up roofing system uses alternating layers of asphalt and roof felts to form a multi-layer, puncture-resistant surface.
  • Modified Bitumen Roofing systems are more flexible than the original built-up roofing system.
  • Metal roofs offer durability and fire resistance – besides being long-lasting.
  • Our roofing company in Boise can help you select the right type of new roof for your commercial building.