Owning a business is an exciting adventure that also comes with a lot of responsibilities. You are responsible for your customers’ satisfaction and their wellbeing while using your products, you are accountable for your employees’ safety at work and last, but not least, you have a duty to yourself: the duty to do all in your power to build a successful business. And the first step towards your goal is you have a good roof over your head.
There are many types of commercial flat roofing in Calgary, and you need to be informed about all of them to make the best choice. When choosing the roof over your head, you need to take into account the material’s properties, as well as the climate of the region and other external factors. While in British Columbia there is a nicer weather than in the rest of Canada, with long summer days and mild winters, you still need to be prepared in case of heavy rain or snow.
BUR – Built-Up Roof
This type of roof has been a popular choice for a long time and the main reasons for that consist of its excellent fire resistance and low price. A BUR is made of waterproof materials, hot tar and river stone. It looks and feels nice, and it’s an excellent option for harsh climates. However, it comes with some disadvantages that may be a deal breaker for you. It is very heavy, so the building needs to be robust to support it, it can clog your gutters, and its installation process is a complicated and messy one. But if you are looking for quality and a small price and the structure of your commercial building is strong enough to support this kind of roof, BUR can be an excellent choice.
Modified Bitumen Roof
This is a single-ply rolled roof impregnated with a mineral base wear surface. It is installed using torch-down systems that heat the adhesive as the material unrolls. Its main advantage is that it will help lower your energy bills because its mineral surface will reflect the heat. It is also very easy to install and has a good price. However, because of the torch-down system, the installation can be a fire hazard. The modified bitumen roof is also less resistant than BUR or EPDM, so it is probably not a good idea to use it in heavy rain or harsh climates.
EDPM – Rubber Membrane Roof
An EDPM roof is made of engineered rubber built to resist damage from the sun. It is a light material that can be used even for buildings that don’t have a very strong structure and it has an excellent resistance to tears. In the case of leaks, know that this type of roof is very easy to repair, and its maintenance will not cost you an arm and a leg. The main disadvantage of EDPM roof is the cost. Its standard black version will absorb the heat and, if you want it in another color, the price will rise by 30%. But if you want a high-quality roof that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, then EDPM might be the answer you are looking for.
Regardless of what type of roof you choose for your commercial building, know that at Claw Roofing we make it our mission to ensure your satisfaction. We use only high-quality materials and have the experience to allow you to make the most of a roof’s benefits and diminish its disadvantages. Contact us and let us talk about the roof over your business’s head.