As a growing company in the commercial cladding cleaning and roofing industry we are coming across new roof styles every day and see regular rookie mistakes carried out by our competitors. This week’s article covers a small selection of the roof styles we have worked on and the pros and cons of each one.
There Are Different Roofing Styles Out There
As we mentioned above, we come across different roof styles every day. However, it is no problem for our technicians who are able to immerse themselves in the repair or coating during the roof cleaning process.
There are so many roofing systems and roof styles to choose from so we have selected three of the styles that we have seen most recently.
1. Gambrel Roof
The Gambrel roof design takes a lot of work but certainly has its benefits. Installing and maintaining a Gambrel roof correctly will leave you with a whole load of roof space that you didn’t realize you had. If you own a warehouse or commercial unit and install this roof style it will certainly benefit you if you have a lot of metal framework or tall manufacturing equipment to install.
However, if your business is located in an area that is prone to poor weather such as high winds or heavy snow fall, we would recommend you steer clear of the Gambrel option. This is because its tall design makes it vulnerable to serious wind damage and could cost a lot of money to maintain or repair.
An additional stumbling point is the lack of sunlight this design provides. If you want to incorporate additional sunlight you may need to look at roof light refurbishment or replacement.
2. Flat Roofs
Probably the most popular for commercial units. We see this roof style a lot, especially for businesses that want to include solar panels. The flat roof makes it easy to install and maintain the panels correctly.
Unfortunately, the flat design makes it more open to water build up and damage. If you install a flat roof it’s certainly worth investing in a waterproof liquid roof coating.
3. Hip Roofing
Now if you are after something that is a little sturdier and can handle a battering from the weather, a hip roof style would be a good option. Its strong framework design allows it to withstand strong winds and freezing temperatures when it begins to snow.
Despite the encouraging positives the hip roof is quite a complex design and does require experienced, professional roofers to install. Failing to employ the services of someone that knows exactly what they are doing could result in damages and leaks in the future.