St. Louis Commercial Roofing
St. Louis commercial roofing depends on a number of variables: the purpose and function of the building it covers, the building’s architectural design, local or national legislation, and even the historical traditions of the area. Tile roofs, for example, dominate the roofing landscape in certain parts of the world, especially for cathedrals and churches with large, sloping roofs. On the other hand, Built-Up-Roof construction is ideal for flat or nearly flat surfaces, which is most commonly used in St. Louis commercial roofing on high rises, office buildings, and industrial facilities.
St. Louis roofing contractors of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local No. 2 take all of these factors into consideration when planning and constructing commercial roofing projects. Read through the following information on the different types of commercial roofs we’re qualified to install, and contact us to discuss the roof that’s right for your building.
Types of Commercial Roofing
Built-Up (BUR) Roofs have been in used in U.S. commercial roofing for over a century, and are often the most economic commercial roofs available. They’re composed of layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics (called ply sheets), and come in varying thicknesses, depending on the application.
A Green Roof, sometimes called a Living Roof, is a commercial roof that’s partially or completely covered with a growing medium and vegetation of some kind. Green Roofs absorb rainwater, provide insulation, create a habitat for wildlife, and even help to lower urban air temperatures.
Sprayed Polyurethane Foam Roofs
Sprayed Polyurethane Foam Roofs are constructed using a layer of polyurethane foam insulation, made of isocyanate and polyol, topped with protective coating. The protective coat is spray-applied elastomeric coating, though in some cases, it is hand-rolled.
Modified Bitumen Roofs
Modified Bitumen Roofing (sometimes shortened to “Modified Roofing”) is similar to Built-Up Roofing in that it’s made from layers of reinforcing materials and asphalt (bitumen), but the asphalt is modified for increased resistance to heat and cold.
Single-Ply Roofing like Thermoplastic (TPO) Roofing, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Roofing, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Roofing, or Hypalon Roofing, is flexible, lightweight, easy to install and can (depending on the specific material and the color of the roof) reduce energy usage, making them greener too.
Slate Roofing has a long history, and is one of the longest-lasting roofing materials on the market. Slate roof construction creates a truly charming look, due to the natural beauty of the stone tiles that comprise their appearance.
Other types of Tile Roofing are constructed using clay and ceramic tiles. These roofs have a storied tradition, and are excellent for keeping out rain and moisture.
Solar panels (or photovoltaic panels) are used to convert sunlight into electricity using solar cells. Solar roofs are an excellent renewable energy resource, and pay for themselves in utility savings.
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