A Look At The Best Roofing Material Attributes For Commercial High-Rise Buildings

Posted on: 29 October 2018

Being the owner of a commercial building that is a high-rise means you have a few extra things to think about where building maintenance is concerned. One of those considerations that will likely come up throughout your ownership of the building will be the roof and the materials used to protect it since it is situated at such a high elevation. Take a look at some of the best roofing material attributes to look for when it comes to your commercial high-rise building. 

The roofing material chosen should be easy to maintain. 

All commercial roofing systems should be as easy to maintain as possible, but when your building is a high-rise with direct access to the roof being a pretty cumbersome thing, your roof should be as simple to take care of as possible. There are a handful of options where easy maintainability is concerned; modified bitumen roofing and liquid-applied polymer roofing are a few good examples. Both of these roofing types can go down rather quickly and not need a whole lot of attention until the roofing nears the end of its lifespan. 

The roofing material chosen should be resilient to UV rays. 

Being higher up in the sky means that the roof of your commercial building will be open and exposed to UV rays more than what the average-height roof would be. It is typical for a commercial roofing service to recommend a roofing material that is capable of handling the direct UV rays, such as a single-ply flat roofing membrane with a lighter color that will not absorb as much heat. In climates where direct sunshine and high temperatures are typical, having a roof capable of thwarting or handling UV rays is highly important. 

The roofing material chosen should be a proper waterproof barrier. 

Perhaps most importantly, the type of roofing material you choose for a high-rise building should be able to provide an adequate seal from the high levels of moisture that are bound to come in contact with the top of the building. The majority of high-rise commercial buildings will have a roof that is either completely flat or barely sloped, which makes it even more important that the roofing material is completely waterproof. If you were to put asphalt shingles on a flat high-rise roof, the shingles would deteriorate rapidly because water drainage does not work the same as it would on a typical roof. 

Reach out to a commercial roofing service for more information. 


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Hi, my name is Mitch. Before retiring a few years ago, I worked in the roofing industry. Over the years, I worked in nearly every capacity, ranging from apprentice to general manager of the company. I know that purchasing a new roof for your home can be expensive and a bit intimidating. My goal is to provide useful advice to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your new roof. I'm going to share information about different roofing materials and why you may want to consider one over another. I'll also share where you can cut costs, and how to choose a reputable roofing company. I hope you find this information valuable.

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