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What is an industrial roof?

Aug 25

The manufacturing industry's roofing material often takes a beating beyond what is expected of residential properties. Most roofing materials can be destroyed by chemicals, exhausts, and residues faster than sun, wind, and weather.

Skylights are also more common in industrial complexes, which allow natural light into the interior. If the roofing system is not correctly installed and maintained, penetrations in the roof system can lead to leakage.

Roof systems sensitive to dust or dirt, such as the semiconductor and food industries, should be treated with extra caution. Industrial roofing is generally flat or low-slope roof designs. This type of design is typically made from five types of roofing materials:


  • Built-Up Roofing (BUR): Built-up roofing is made of multiple layers of material, which are then laminated together.
  • Spray Foam: This spray polyurethane foam, also known as foam, is applied in a liquid and puffs up after application. It forms a seamless protective barrier around roof vents, pipes, and other protrusions.
  • Modified bitumen - Modified bitumen (MB) is asphalt modified to make it more durable.
  • Single Ply Roofing: A single ply roofing membrane (also known as PVC or TPO) consists of four elements. These include an insulation layer, a single membrane made of rubber or plastic, flashing, and an adhesive.
  • Metal Roofing: While it is not the best solution for flat roofs, metal roofing works well for low-slope roofs. Metal roofs are typically made from steel, aluminum, or copper and can be very attractive.

Refuse to be a victim of downtime

Industrial property owners should not consider roof failure. Business disruptions for repairs can have devastating effects on the bottom line. Leaking roofs can damage sensitive equipment, inventory, and other assets. 

Workers on the site are also at risk. It is essential to have professional roofers Toronto on hand to maintain and repair any problems regularly.

Many industrial spaces can be broken down into smaller areas leased to tenant businesses. Woodbridge Roofing Company strongly recommends roof maintenance to avoid tenant business owners losing their property and making them unhappy.

Consider these Factors when choosing an industrial roofing material.

Material Durability and Required Maintenance

Your roofing system's durability will depend on the material used. EPDM systems last 20-30 years without any maintenance. Although built-up roofing systems last for many years, they are more susceptible to damage than EPDM systems. The resilience of torch-on roofing systems is a hallmark of their durability in severe weather conditions.

Installation Cost

EPDM systems are more expensive to install upfront than torch-on or built-up systems. Although they are more affordable initially, built-up systems require more maintenance. When deciding, you should balance your budget priorities with your long- and short-term goals.

Material Color

The climate in which you live will determine the color of your roof. Dark-colored roofs are more popular for businesses in colder areas. They absorb heat from the sun and insulate your business. This allows heat to enter and reduces heating costs. 

Businesses choose a highly reflective or light-colored roof in warmer climates to reflect heat away from the building. This saves on cooling costs. Many businesses choose a roof that matches the architectural style of their building.