The roof of your warehouse is one of the main aspect of protecting your goods, equipment and tools inside your warehouse. It can withstand harsh weather conditions, from the New York sun to heavy hailstorms. You need to identify the most suitable roof for your warehouse based on location, size, use and period. Today, there is a range of warehouse roofs in the market, all customizable for you and your storage needs.

The type of roof for a warehouse influences the longevity of building. If you opt for a cheaper alternative for a roof, it will not last as long as a better quality one and this means that the goods inside the warehouse are in danger. It is important to take all the factors into account when deciding on a suitable roof, be sure to weigh all the pros and cons of the type you choose to use as a roof for your warehouse.

The majority of warehouse roofs are flat or gently sloping, which means there are a few options to choose from. There are common roofs, ideal for warehouses of all types. These include;

Built-Up Roof Membrane

The most affordable of your choices, built-up roofing, is a very popular type of roofing. It has some advantages, but it is often the low price that attracts the attention of entrepreneurs. The main advantage of a built-up roof is its insulating property. The roof is made up of a few layers of sealants and membranes, and most of them are finished with gravel as the top layer. These layers are great for insulating, so if you live in a climate where there are large temperature differences, this is important. Another advantage of this type of roof is its pleasant finish, the gravel is much more pleasing to the eye than the black rubbers and plastics of other roofs, and the gravel is much more tolerant of pedestrian traffic. The main problem is that these layers all add weight, and this may mean that additional supports are needed.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are one of the most common types of roofs for warehouses, and there are different types of metallic materials. These types include:

  • Corrugated galvanized steel
  • Zinc derivative, aluminum, and silicon-coated steel
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Metal sheets
  • Tin
  • Lead
  • Stainless steel
  • Stone-coated steel

Metal is subjected to a range of elements, but the metal roofs of the warehouses are laminated in protective materials to ensure that no damage is received from the sun and various outdoor conditions. Metal roofs have a range of benefits, including their appearance. They have an elegant look that looks great from the outside. However, the appearance of your roof may look good, but always consider durability and your price range. Metal roofs, although beautiful, also have great qualities of fire resistance. Fire-resistant roofs are essential for warehouses near bush fire sites or warehouses that deal with fire indoors. Metal roofs are strong and durable compared to typical commercial roofs. Metal roofs are also a sustainable option for your commercial warehouse.

Modified Bitumen Roof

These are reinforced materials that have been placed on your roof acting as bitumen “carriers” after it is divided into sections and installed in layers. Bitumen roofs that have been maintained or modified are the simplest roofs on the market; these types of roofs can be maintained by a regular annual cleaning service. The modified roofs are mixed between a rubber membrane to guarantee an effective and efficient installation. For an energy-saving option, bitumen roofs are perfect for reflecting fierce light and will, therefore, lower your energy prices. This type of roof does not handle heavy pedestrian traffic well, so constructing storage roofs that are subject to pedestrian traffic isn’t advisable, so a different roofing type should be considered, should that be the case.

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (Tpo)

TPO is almost the exact opposite of the built-up roof. It is rolled up in a single sheet, so it is much lighter than the built-up roof. This means that it can also be applied while the building is occupied. The materials often come in white and are therefore very reflective. This is a vital benefit in hot environments, as it could preserve for you thousands of dollars on air conditioning if your goods are sensitive to temperature. The materials are also durable, which is good for warehouses that often use the roof.

Since TPO is available in sheets, it must be tied to itself, creating seams. These seams are stronger than the actual siding, which is great, but expect to have to fix them after a decade or two. Failure to do so could result in leakage and water damage to the building and its contents. But proper maintenance will guarantee that it won’t be a problem.

There are a few other major roofing styles, but these should cover the main differences and give you a good idea of ​​the options.

in conclusion, a warehouse roof is an essential element that protects your building and your property from the weather. By installing a new roof in your warehouse, you can increase its appearance, its value and reduce the risk of water infiltration. These are different types of warehouse roofs to select from. Explore the different types of roofs above and choose the one that can suit your needs, last you a long time, reduce operating costs and protect your inventory from leaks and external elements. Call us and let us help you with roofing your warehouse.


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