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Weathering a Storm: Select the Right Commercial Roofing System

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When considering storm-resistant commercial roofing systems, several options provide durability and protection against harsh weather conditions. To protect your commercial building from the specific type of extreme weather found in your area or to meet cool roof requirements, contact a commercial roof expert for a consultation. 

Storm-Resistant Commercial Roofing Systems

What type of roofing material is the best option for your local climate? While no roof system can stand up to every type of extreme weather, some offer more durability than others. Here are thoughts about each type of roof material and its ability to stand up against impact resistance and wind damage.

Metal Roofing Materials

Metal roofing is highly resistant to strong winds, hail, and other severe weather conditions. Metal roofs are fire-resistant, can last several decades with proper maintenance, and are 100% recyclable.

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) Roofing

TPO roofing membranes are known for their strength and flexibility. Like metal roofing systems, TPO roofs can withstand high winds and hail. TPO roofs are also resistant to UV radiation, chemical exposure, and high temperatures. 

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) Roofing

EPDM roofs are durable and resist damage from hail storms and high winds. They are known for their longevity, elongation properties, and low maintenance requirements.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Roofing

PVC roofing membranes offer excellent resistance to fire, chemicals, and severe weather conditions. They are also highly durable and energy-efficient.

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Modified Bitumen Roofing

Modified bitumen roofs consist of asphalt and rubber modifiers, making them flexible and durable. They provide excellent resistance to heavy rain, hail, wind, and UV radiation. They are typically installed with multiple plies to provide a robust roofing system.

Other Roofing Materials

Green roofs, which are covered with vegetation, provide insulation and protect the underlying roofing materials from temperature fluctuations and weather damage. They can also mitigate storm water runoff.

You may also consider high density coverboards to protect the insulation and provide a durable surface for the roof membrane.  If you are in an area that may be impacted by hail, check with your insurance provider, because they may reduce your insurance rates for including a glass mat gypsum cover board or high density polyiso cover board.

What Roofing Material Stands Up Best to the Extreme Weather in Your Area?

When selecting a storm-resistant roofing system for commercial buildings, it’s essential to consider factors such as the building’s location, climate, budget, and maintenance requirements. Additionally, proper installation and regular inspections are crucial for ensuring the effectiveness and longevity of the roofing system. 

To learn about the best roofing materials for your region or how to remain Title 24 compliant, contact Nations Roof, a premier commercial roofing contractor serving the U.S. Also, contact Nations Roof if your commercial building needs a full roof replacement following a recent severe weather event. Building owners have consulted with Nations Roof for decades and rely on our expertise to install roof systems that stand firm against the elements. 

Key Takeaways: Best Roof Materials for Extreme Weather

  • A metal roof system can be highly resistant to extreme weather condition.
  • Single-ply roofing systems like TPO, EPDM, and PVC can typically withstand high winds. Some offer more resistance to hail damage than others. 
  • Modified bitumen roofing material has multiple layers and is known in the roofing industry as providing excellent storm resistance.
  • Green roof systems can withstand temperature fluctuations and can mitigate stormwater runoff.
  • Consider a high density cover board to protect your roofing investment.
  • Consult an expert commercial roofer in your area to find the best roof system for your unique situation. 

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