Commercial Roofing Tips

Does Your Commercial Building Have a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

A little while ago, we shared a post here on the blog looking at some of the different metal types that may make up your commercial building’s metal roof. Aluminum, steel, and zinc are the most common metals used for commercial metal roofing, but that’s only part of the story. How your commercial metal roof is constructed also matters. If you have a more steeply pitched standing seam metal roof—as opposed to a typical low slope metal roof with exposed fasteners—you need to think a little differently about how you maintain it over time.

The good news is that standing seam metal roofs are incredibly durable. However, they could potentially represent higher costs for building owners both initially and throughout the roof’s long life. Here are the basics of what you should know about standing seam metal roofing in commercial applications.

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How to Improve the Lifespan of Your Single-Ply Commercial Roofing

Single-ply membrane roofing materials are common today in flat or low-slope commercial roofing systems on buildings like warehouses, distribution centers, retail outlets, and even restaurants. These commercial roofing materials include thermoplastic PVC and TPO, as well as thermoset EPDM rubber, which all offer a multitude of protective benefits for your commercial building. A long commercial roof lifespan is certainly among single-ply membranes’ advantages, no matter which material option you choose.

Of course, building owners and managers can optimize their commercial roof’s lifespan and ensure that they’re getting the best possible performance from their single-ply membrane roofing. Today’s blog post covers a few tips about things you can do to protect your commercial roofing investment over time.

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[Infographic]: The Benefits of TPO Single-Ply Roofing vs. Modified Bitumen for Your Commercial Building

While commercial roof restoration is often a better, more economical option than a total tear-off and replacement project for your building, there are situations when installing a brand new roof may be preferable. And, that opens the door to a lot of decision-making to ensure you choose the best flat or low slope roof system and roofing materials.

Indeed, when you’re looking to completely replace your commercial building’s roof, there are many very different material choices to consider, including asphalt roofing and single-ply membranes.

Today’s infographic focuses the spotlight on Modified Bitumen (MB or “Mod Bit”) roofing versus the thermoplastic single-ply membrane roofing material TPO (and its close cousin PVC). Which should you choose?

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6 Signs You Need to Repair Your Metal Commercial Roof

No commercial property owner wants the news that their metal commercial roof needs replacing. But what if we told you that roof replacement wasn’t your only option? Inspecting your roof twice a year for any warning signs of damage can help prevent total roof tear-offs and replacements. This blog post will discuss the six most common signs that your metal roofing system needs repair before it’s too late.

At Unlimited Commercial Roofing, we specialize in repairing aging metal commercial roof systems. Instead of a complete roof tear-off and replacement, we use a proven commercial metal roof restoration system to repair several types of roofing. If you find any damaged areas after looking for these six signs, contact us for a free on-site roof inspection.

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How Can A Spray Foam Roof Cut Your Energy Bills?

When it comes to choosing a roofing system for your commercial building there are lots of factors to consider, including roofing materials, projected lifespan, and initial installation cost. However, one of the biggest considerations should be how your new roof will impact your energy costs over time.

According to, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning account for 35% of a building’s total energy use. That means an energy-efficient roof could spell significant savings in both the short and long-term.

One commercial roofing system that has proven to be particularly energy-efficient is spray foam roofing (SPF). Let’s take a look at the factors that make SPF roofing an excellent choice for lowering your building’s energy bills.

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10 Questions to Ask When Hiring Commercial Roofing Contractors

Commercial roofing contractors are not all the same, and knowing what questions to ask before hiring a contractor can help you avoid a bad experience. These ten essential questions will help you understand whether a commercial roofing contractor can handle your project. Learn how to know if they have the proper licensing, if they have the right process to match your needs, and more.

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What You Need to Know About Commercial Flat Roof Repair

Commercial flat roof repair is an expense many property owners, business owners, and building managers wish to avoid. However, with regular maintenance and expert roofing support, your commercial building’s roofing system can last for many years. This blog post discusses the steps involved in making minor flat roof repairs and can help you decide when it is time to call a professional roofing company.

Here at Unlimited Commercial Roofing, we always recommend scheduling a free on-site roof inspection with one of our experts if you notice any ongoing issues. Our experts can discuss the best roofing options—including restoration, repairs, and roof membrane coatings—that are cost-effective and efficient.

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What You Need to Know About Your Commercial Building’s EPDM Roofing

In our last blog post, we talked about TPO and PVC single-ply membrane roofing materials. However, your flat or low-slope commercial roof may have a single-ply membrane roofing system in place today that’s not made of either of those reflective and energy-efficient materials. EPDM roofing is a synthetic rubber material—almost always black in color—that is also a strong and durable single-ply membrane.

Unfortunately, some of these EPDM membrane roofs may now be quite old, as the first installations of this material began over 40 years ago.

If your commercial building’s existing roofing membrane is indeed made of EPDM (which stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer), you may now be experiencing leaks at seams or points where the material has been damaged over time. And, you certainly are not experiencing the energy-saving benefits that white-colored and reflective “cool roofing” materials can offer.

Luckily, one of the biggest benefits of EPDM membrane material is its ability to be quickly restored with elastomeric roof coatings and other proven roofing solutions for repair and restoration. Let’s take a closer look.

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What to Know About TPO Roofing

Is your commercial building’s roof older and beginning to leak? Have your heating and cooling bills steadily crept up in recent years and you suspect your aging flat or low-slope roof could be at least partially to blame?

As a building owner or operations manager, you realize it’s time to do something to address the problem, but you fear that something could mean an expensive and business-disrupting total tear-off and roof replacement.

Even if other commercial roofing contractors have suggested that you need to replace your roof, don’t sign up for such a massive project before you consider your restoration options. Newer roofing materials—like TPO single-ply membrane roofing—offer incredible benefits for restoring your old, tired roof. Single-ply roofing will give you strong, truly waterproof roofing with no tear-off and rebuilding process necessary!

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What Metal Roof Installation Do You Have?

While your commercial building’s flat or low-slope roof can be made from a wide variety of materials, metal roofing is a popular option on buildings like the large warehouses and manufacturing facilities common in our eastern Pennsylvania service area here at Unlimited Commercial Roofing.

But, what kind of metal roofing does your building have? Is it painted or coated? The unique properties of your commercial metal roof—including certain factors about its construction—affect how maintenance and repairs should be approached. And you probably have unanswered questions about metal roofing’s performance and longevity, especially if you’re new to commercial building ownership or management.

The good news is that most metal roof types are great candidates for metal roof restoration, so if you’re experiencing age-related problems like rust, damaged fasteners, and weak spots, you likely don’t need to take on a costly replacement project.

Today’s post gives you a little more information about each of some typical commercial metal roofing types, including what you need to be on the lookout for in terms of issues.

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