A Brief History of Roofs

Understanding Residential and Commercial Roofing

When it comes to choosing a residential or commercial contractor, it is essential to select a trusted, reputable and experienced contractor who can provide your roof the quality needed to keep your family, personal belongings or business from outside elements. An excellent commercial roofing contractor handles and utilizes all types of roofing material such as built-up (coal tar, modified bitumen and gravel), single-ply membrane roofing (TPO and EPDM), liquid-applied systems (high-tech polymers) and metal sloped roofs atop high-rises. If you are in the process of new building construction, or in the planning stage of an outdated roof, you need to consider the four main types of commercial roofing systems including thermoplastic roofing, EPDM roofing, photovoltaic solar panels, and green roofs.

The thermoplastic roofing system is considered the fastest growing commercial roofing system, that can resist chemical exposure, ozone, and ultraviolet rays, as well as high winds, chemicals, fire and punctures, with its durable material with a high-temperature tolerance and low-temperature flexibility. EPDM are easy to install, repair and maintain, with superior versatility and durability, thus being one of the longest lasting types of commercial roofing systems available. Photovoltaic solar panels offer conservation of energy and control of energy costs, utilizing solar panel installation used with glass, roof-mounted tile, and membrane or over a rooftop installation, to absorb sunlight and converting it to energy, providing power to the building and attaining sustainable and green energy. Green roofs have experienced a great surge in popularity for the past years, wherein sedum green roofs or flat roofs are partially or completely covered with soil and vegetation, planted over a waterproof membrane, for reduction of urban heat and improving roof insulation, as well as lengthening the lifespan of roofs while saving cooling and heating costs.

When it comes to choosing a residential contractor, you should start with three choices, giving yourself an opportunity to make a good decision basing on the qualifications of the three candidates. Ensure that the roofing contractor has the necessary business license in you local or state area by contacting the licensing board or visiting contractor’s licensing website to identify licenses required by specific states. It is important to also get and verify their business contact number, business website or email address, business address and tax identification number. Make sure that the residential roof contractor you will be hiring is able to provide a proof of insurance, workers compensation, as well as liability coverage, covering the entire duration of the roofing project, that serve as your protection from any lawsuits just in case contractor, is injured while working on your property. It really helps to ask a roofing contractor for a list of past clients and references to find out what quality of service they provide. If you are looking for a quaified roofing contractor, you can contact us anytime.On Businesses: My Thoughts Explained

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