For an industrial roof, there are special needs to consider that wouldn’t be a factor when designing or building a residential or even a commercial roof. Industrial roofs often have to endure a lot more wear and environmental damage that needs to be accounted for. That is why you want roofing professionals to install, design and repair your industrial roof. If you want it done right and you want your investment to last, then you should hire a roofing company with years of experience in helping industrials companies with their roofs.
Preparing an Industrial Roof
Industrial buildings are any structures that are primarily used for manufacturing products, generating power, processing livestock, or washing or cleaning items. These are the buildings where a lot of work takes place, and because of that, many fumes, oils, gasses, particles and other substances are released into the air within these buildings or vented out onto the exterior of the building. These can all build up on or near the roof, causing damage and wear over time.
An industrial roof needs to be able to handle that kind of abuse over time and still be durable and reliable. These kinds of roofs are typically fortified and reinforced, allowing them to resist rotting, water damage and the stress caused by an excess buildup of particles and oils.
One important consideration to keep in mind for industrial roofs is the change in temperatures. The interior of the building may become very hot or very cold during the day, depending on the kind of work being done inside. That can cause the roof to expand and contract repeatedly, and the type of roofing material and the roofing structure itself need to be able to handle that constant change in size.
Industrial roofs may also have numerous vents and pipes on them, allowing factory gasses and steam to escape. That creates a lot of seams, which can easily crack, warp and sprout leaks over time. You’ll need some highly skilled professional roofers to install a roof like that and expect it to be able to hold up for any length of time. Industrial roofs tend to have some of the worst problems, primarily due to shoddy workmanship. If the job isn’t done right, then repairs will need to be effected on a regular basis.
That is why it is so important to have an industrial roof designed and installed properly. It needs to use strong materials and meet the needs of the business owner. There are number of different materials that can be used for industrial roofs. The more durable and easy-to-maintain materials are the preferred ones, such as concrete, metal or asphalt shingles.
Industrial Roof Repairs
A&B Commercial Roofing is sometimes called in to effect repairs on existing industrial roofs. We may have to fortify a roof that is starting to show its age or that was not properly installed or fortified in the first place. We often have to repair industrial roofs that are starting to crack or weather in such a way that they are leaking. Roofs that are showing signs of age and stress will cost business owners, as they let in outside air, increase energy expenditures for the building and create health hazards in the work environment. Repairs need to be carried out quickly to keep costs down.
Repairs can sometimes get in the way of normal operating processes for the industrial structure, which is why we work with the property owner’s schedule and find a time that works well for them.