With so many options to choose from (including slate and tile, EPDM, metal, asphalt, and others) for a commercial or industrial roofing project, it’s hard to know which is the best in your situation. Asphalt has been around forever, so many building or business owners choose to go with what they’re familiar with. As trusted Atlanta commercial roofing experts, we want to help you by revealing the pros and cons of asphalt.
BUR, or built-up roofing and MBS, or modified bitumen systems are the two general categories of asphalt roofs. MBS may be installed as a single ply or multiple plies and includes a strengthening modified polymer, while BUR is as the name implies – a built up roof comprised of a vapor retardant, insulation, membrane, surface material, etc.
Other asphalt commercial roofs may be comprised of other materials in addition to the asphalt. These include copper, aluminum, gravel, fiberglass, or even minerals. Our pros are happy to assist you in determining which type is best for your needs should you decide to go with asphalt.
Some of the pros of an asphalt roofing system include:
- Durability, providing exceptional performance
- Moderate cost
- Fire & UV protection
- Easy maintenance
- Multi-layer protection
- Wide array of materials and options to choose from
- Long warranties (usually between 10 & 25 years)
Some of the cons of an asphalt roofing system include:
- Systems must be installed by experts using specialized equipment
- A safety plan developed specifically for your site must be implemented when an open flame or hot asphalt is used
- Temperatures for installation of a BUR asphalt roof must be 400 degrees or more, and asphalt applied before it cools
As you can imagine an asphalt roof installation that ensures exceptional performance can be tricky. This is why it’s critical to count on professionals who are experienced and highly skilled in this type of insulation!
Are you considering an asphalt roofing system for your commercial or industrial building? At Kelco Roofing we’re ready to answer all of your questions and help you determine what type of system is best for your needs and budget. Give us a call today, and put your property in capable hands!