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Which Roof System is Best For Your Greater St. Louis Commercial Property?

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RRSA St. Louis is your best choice for commercial roofing in the Greater St. Louis area. We have decades of experience in commercial roofing, whether your commercial property needs a new roof system or repairs to your current roof system. If you are considering a new roof system for your commercial property, the biggest decision you need to make is what type of roof system is best for your particular Greater St. Louis building. To help you decide on this important issue, below we have listed the types of commercial roof systems RRSA St. Louis installs and their main points:

TPO Roofing

Thermoplastic-olephine roofing, or TPO, is a great option to make your roof more efficient and help reduce your energy bills.

  • Very durable and long lasting
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Extremely waterproof
  • Easy to maintain and repair
  • Heat reflective to save on energy bills
  • Lower cost than many alternative materials

TPO roofing is an ideal commercial roofing type because it is applied in large rolls fully adhered and mechanically fastened or ballasted. Its durable material is essentially waterproof and reflective of UV rays. For a commercial building, TPO is the most cost-effective method to make your roof energy efficient and can help save money on energy costs.

EPDM Roofing

EPDM roofing is sometimes referred to as “rubber roofing” because this roofing membrane material (technically known as ethylene propylene diene monomer) is black and flexible like a rubber inner tube. EPDM roofing can be installed on flat and low-slope roofs. Seams between adjacent EPDM sheets and metal flashing elements are typically sealed with special adhesive.

The biggest advantage that EPDM roofing has over other types of flat roofing materials is its cost. It is the most inexpensive roofing materials around. EPDM rubber roofing is also very lightweight, so the roof deck doesn’t need any kind of reinforcement.

Metal Roofing

Many Greater St. Louis commercial property owners choose metal roofing for their new roof systems, and with good reason. Below are the main advantages of a metal roof.

LONGEVITY–A study by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) showed the life-expectancy of a metal roof system is 60 years. The service life of a commercial building is also 60 years, according to LEED v4, essentially meaning a metal roof does not require replacement.

DURABILITY–In addition to a long service life, metal is widely known as a resilient material and a strong match for extreme weather conditions. Capable of withstanding up to 140 mph winds, metal roofing panels are strong contributors to durable, weathertight buildings.

SUSTAINABILITY–Metal roofing provides energy efficiency throughout and beyond its composition. Much of the sun’s infrared radiation is reflected and keeps the roof surface temperature lower than uncoated or traditional roofing materials, offering energy savings, including significant reductions in HVAC costs.

Roof Coating

In a previous blog post, RRSA St. Louis listed the benefits of commercial roof coating. In that post, there were six advantages we listed, which are:

  1. Keeps Your Commercial Building Cooler
  2. Reduces Energy Consumption
  3. Increases Energy Star Rating
  4. Improves Your Company’s Green Star Rating
  5. Protects Against Roof Leaks
  6. Extends the Life of Your Commercial Roof

As you can see, there are several different options to choose from when deciding on the best commercial roof for your particular situation. By calling RRSA St. Louis and letting one of our commercial roof experts visit your business and do a free commercial roof inspection, you will have a pro who will then sit down with you and help you decide on the best of the above commercial roof options.

Call us today and let’s get the ball rolling!


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