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Not all roofs are created equal. Commercial spaces such as offices and retail buildings differ greatly from residential spaces. From the materials necessary to the typical structure of the buildings, if you are replacing or renovating a commercial space’s roof, you need specialized expertise. Beyond the technical differences between commercial and residential spaces, we here at Charlottesville Roofing understand that you can’t have your business hours interrupted by construction. We guarantee that your business can remain open during our repairs, and promise that your customers will be amazed by our work! We want the process to be as simple as possible for you, because we understand that running a business is stressful enough as is!
It is important to understand the differences between residential roofs to ensure the best quality repairs for your needs. Commercial roofs are typically much flatter and larger than residential roofs. Because of this, weather elements can cause more damage to these roofs and more frequent repairs are necessary. The actual design of the building is so different from a residential home. These roofs are built to withstand the weight of snow, ice, rain, etc. Other companies simply don’t have the skills, tools, or manpower to take on the task of a commercial roofing project. They treat it like a normal roofing job, and you simply can’t rely on that type of work.
Because of our expertise in commercial roofing, you can rely on us installing and repairing your roof, making sure everything is up to building codes, and that your customers feel safe in your business. There are several requirements in place by the International Code Council to ensure public safety. These guidelines include but are not limited to:
fire code requirements
These commercial roofing criteria vary depending on location because of different local climates and geographical issues. Here at Charlottesville Roofing we are experts in these requirements as they pertain to Virginia. Listed below are the most commonly used materials for commercial roofing:
Asphalt Shingle: the most common type of shingle used on both commercial and residential roofs. These shingles are versatile and come in a variety of textures and colors.
Built-Up Roof (BUR): a BUR is built by layering multiple piles of roof felts and then laminating them together with bitumen. Asphalt is usually added to this type of roof to protect it from the elements.
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM): this is a rubber roofing material created with ethylene and propylene.
Metal Roofing: metal roofing lasts up to 100 years! However it can dent during certain weather such as hail. Steel, aluminum, and copper are the most popular metal roof materials.
Single Ply Roofing
Slate Shingles: arguably one of the most beautiful roofs are created with slate shingles. Difficult and expensive to install because of their weight, but when done correctly will last a long time.
Wood Shakes: relatively expensive, but also very aesthetically pleasing. Usually treated wood such as cedar.
Tile Roofing: usually made from concrete, rubber, and clay.
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