Businesses throughout Sarasota and the surrounding area have come to trust Red Dog’s Roofing of Florida for all of their roofing needs. From commercial roofing repairs, to routine maintenance, to new roof installs, property owners count on us when it’s crucial to keep a sturdy roof over your head (and when isn’t it?). Alongside our residential roofing services, we’re proud to offer expert roofing services for commercial properties, including projects on buildings with low- and no-slope roofs.
So, if you work here in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood, Parrish, Ellenton, North Port, or Venice, and you need help with your upcoming commercial roofing project, there’s only one crew to call. Count on the professional roofers here at Red Dog’s Roofing of Florida. We work with a variety of roofing materials, and we can adapt to the surface and layout of your particular building design. We have decades of experience working with rubber, TPO, PVC, modified bitumen, torch down, and roof coating on commercial buildings, and we’d be ecstatic to show you what we can do for your roof.
Get started by reaching out to us for an estimate on your upcoming project. You can also continue reading to learn a bit about each of the individual materials that we work with, including information on the pros and cons of each specific material.
RUBBER ROOFING INSTALLS & REPAIRS
Rubber roofing is the most common roofing solution for low- and no-slope commercial roofs and in fact, you’ll find this roofing material on top of more than a third of the roofs across the country. It’s a reliable solution, and it’s relatively inexpensive, making this roofing material a valuable solution for business owners.
What Is Rubber Roofing?
Rubber roofing is comprised of ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM, a highly resilient compound that holds up well against the wear and tear of mother nature. This material is waterproof, and it won’t age easily, even when water rests on the surface for days or weeks on end. Most rubber roofing is black, and you’ll notice a slight cushion as you walk across the surface, thanks to the composition of this material. Rubber roofing is usually applied in long strips. These strips are installed and aligned so that their seams can be sealed with an adhesive process, or with specialized tape.
The Benefits of Rubber Roofing
Rubber roofing offers building owners a number of benefits. This roofing material is highly resilient and long-lasting. It is easy to install. It requires little maintenance. And it resists damage that may otherwise be caused by wind, hail, and UV rays. In fact, the EPDM Roofing Association recently posted the results of a durability study, noting the following observations:
“The long-term weathering study completed recently shows that 30-Year roofs continue to perform well. [The study showed the following:] All samples were performing like new — after up to three decades in the field. EPDM withstands the effects of various climates extremely well. Properly designed, installed, and maintained EPDM systems can successfully withstand extreme weather cycles. Indications that EPDM systems can approach or exceed 40 years of service life.”
On top of those benefits, you’ll also notice that your rubber roof provides insulation for your building, which means that your energy bills will be lower month after month. Rocks or gravel may also be added on top of a rubber roof to decrease the heat gain from exposure to the sun as well.
The Drawbacks of Rubber Roofing
While rubber roofing is highly resilient when it is properly installed, it may be installed poorly, and it still may endure damage due to temperature fluctuations and extreme storms. The seams of a rubber roof are the most likely place where water can seep to the subsurface of your roof. And unfortunately, if temperatures vary enough throughout the day, the expansion and contraction of your rubber roof can cause these seams to break. In addition, the outer edge of your rubber roof may lose its adherence, and the points where your rubber roof connects with flashing (like around vents or other roof protrusions) may be more vulnerable to wear and tear.
Fortunately, these issues are avoidable, so long as you schedule regular inspections and maintenance. We can always take a look at your roof to inspect for leaks, weak points, and damage.
Rubber roofs are also more liable to be damaged by puncturing, so you’ll have to be wary that workers who navigate across your roof may cause damage if they aren’t careful.
TPO ROOFING INSTALLS & REPAIRS
TPO roofing is a white roofing material that is applied in long strips with an adhesive and fasteners. The seams between TPO swaths are attached mechanically to each other, and then these seams are heat welded together to make them highly waterproof. TPO roofing is another common commercial roofing solution, especially for buildings throughout Florida.
What Is TPO Roofing?
TPO is short for thermoplastic polyolefin. This compound is manufactured into thin sheets which are applied on top of a roofing subsurface (which may be made out of a coverboard, asphalt, insulation, and a moisture barrier, depending on the demands of the building). After the swaths are layered one on top of the other, a roofer utilizes a welding tool to heat the overlapping seams of this roofing material, creating a seal that creates a barrier against precipitation.
The Benefits of TPO Roofing
TPO roofing is highly puncture resistant, which means that you won’t have to worry about hailstorms or workers tromping around atop your roof. Plus, TPO roofing is a more environmentally friendly option, in comparison with PVC and rubber roofing materials. TPO roof seams are very durable (more durable than rubber roofing, and as durable as PVC roofing), since they’re heat-welded together. TPO roofs are also built to handle temperature swings, and they won’t crack or shrink as temperatures drop.
Best of all, TPO roofing is white and highly reflective, which means that your building will stay cooler. That’s a big plus for business owners here in Florida, where solar gain can lead to huge cooling costs.
The Drawbacks of TPO Roofing
TPO roofing isn’t the longest lasting roofing material on the market. Depending on the manufacturer, a TPO roof may only last between seven and 20 years. After some time, your TPO roof will deteriorate, which can cause cracks and weakened seams, and you’ll have to replace your roof more often.
PVC ROOFING INSTALLS & REPAIRS
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a chemical compound that is completely waterproof. PVC is highly similar to TPO roofing, and it offers many of the same benefits, and it has some of the same drawbacks. Let’s delve a bit deeper into the pros and cons of this roofing option.
What Is PVC Roofing?
Like TPO roofing, PVC comes in thin sheets which are applied and adhered to a subsurface. PVC sheets are made of polyvinyl chloride, in combination with various resins, fiberglass, pigment, and plasticizer, which aid the PVC in retaining its longevity.
The Benefits of PVC Roofing
PVC and TPO roofing are both versatile in their application and they can be utilized on flat and low-slope roofs of any shape and size. PVC roofing is available in a variety of colors, although white is most common, since it helps to reflect sunlight, keeping the building cooler during the warmest months of the year. PVC outlasts TPO roofing, and it can last between one and three decades. PVC resists fires, high winds, and damage that may otherwise be caused by chemical exposure.
The Drawbacks of PVC Roofing
While PVC is ideal for utilization here in Florida, it doesn’t perform well in colder temperatures, since it’s liable to turn brittle and crack.
In addition, PVC roofing can’t be repaired easily if there is an issue, so you may have to replace your entire roof if a problem crops up.
MODIFIED BITUMEN & TORCH-DOWN ROOFING INSTALLS & REPAIR
Modified bitumen is a bitumen-based roofing material. Bitumen is waterproof, and it serves as a durable roofing material. Bitumen roofs are applied in strips, and our roofers utilize a heat torch to adhere the bitumen strips to the roof as they roll them out.
What Is Modified Bitumen Roofing?
Modified bitumen is a grey roofing material applied in swaths whose overlapping seams can be torched down to adhere the two surfaces. Modified bitumen roofs include two different types of compounds: styrene butadiene styrene (SBS), and atactic polypropylene (APP).
The Benefits of Modified Bitumen Roofing
Modified bitumen roofs are relatively long-lasting, and they’re affordable. These roofs tend to last between 10 and 20 years, and they may be the best option if you’re sticking to a budget.
The Drawbacks of Modified Bitumen Roofing
Modified bitumen roofs aren’t ideal on no-slope roofs, since they are more liable to be damaged if there is standing water. In addition, the surface of modified bitumen roofs (which is made out of rock granules) will eventually shed off, leaving the subsurface prone to damage. Over time, you’ll have to replace your bitumen roof. Modified bitumen also isn’t the most efficient material, as far as heat gain goes. Modified bitumen may result in higher energy bills, since it can soak up heat in solar gain.
Roof coatings can be utilized for nearly any roof, since they can be sprayed or swept onto the roof during application. These roof coatings can be applied and reapplied, providing continual protection for your roof.
What Are Roof Coatings?
There are a number of roof coatings on the market that can be utilized to protect your building, including silicone roofs, asphalt emulsion roofs, acrylic roofs, and solvent-asphalt roofs, each with its own unique traits. We’ve outlined some general pros and cons that apply to the majority of these materials — listed below.
The Benefits of Roof Coatings
Roof coatings are quick to install, and they’re often ideal for roofs with several protrusions (including chimneys, vents, etc.), since flashing may be unnecessary, or it may be easy to incorporate with the coating. In addition, roof coatings are inexpensive, though you’ll have to have regular maintenance on your roof.
Roof coatings are available in a variety of hues as well, and white roof coatings are beneficial in that they will reflect much of the sunlight that hits them (which will result in better cooling performance for your air conditioner).
The Drawbacks of Roof Coatings
Oftentimes, roof coatings need regular maintenance. For instance, acrylic roofs will require a reapplication of the material every two or three years. Over time, since you’ll have to apply multiple coatings throughout the decades, roof coatings can be more expensive than other material options.
Count on Red Dog’s Roofing of Florida
If you need work done on your roof, we’re always here to help. Again, we work with all the aforementioned roofing materials, and we provide commercial roofing services throughout Sarasota and the surrounding area — including roofing installations, maintenance, and repairs. Get a quote for your upcoming roofing project today!
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