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JUL 2019

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18 JULY 2019 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Specifying Success With all the different types of roofing systems available, specifiers should help facility managers consider several factors when selecting a roofing system. T he longevity of a building and the security of its contents can be ensured, in part, with the proper selection and maintenance of the build- ing's roof. ough it may seem to be a relatively simple part of any building, the roof plays a vital role in protecting the building in more ways than one might assume. erefore, inspecting the roof is one of the essential duties of a facility manager; however, accessing a roof to perform a necessary visual inspection with appropriate equipment and deploying personnel to complete the task are not easy jobs. Quite often, professional facility management requires a roof specialist dedicated to long-term care. Commercial Roofing Systems Many times, potential clients of roo•ng contractors want to compare several types of roo•ng systems before settling on a contract. Speci•ers are often asked about popular types of commercial roo•ng and other, perhaps better, options. e following commer- cial roo•ng systems are the four most common types: 1. Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing: Often referred to as SPF, this is an eco-friendly roofing material for industrial, commercial, and manufacturing facilities. SPF is sprayed as a liquid, which then expands into foam while creating a seamless layer across the roof. Energy efficiency, durability, water- proofing, and eco-friendliness are some of the significant benefits of coated SPF roofing systems. 2. Metal Roofing: This is one of the oldest commercial roofing systems on the market. Although other materials, such as aluminum or zinc, are sometimes used, metal roofing most often is made of corrugated galvanized steel. As it is light in weight, it can be installed right on top of the existing roof system. A commercial metal roof should last for ~40 years if properly installed and maintained. 3. Single-Ply Membrane Roofing: This is a time-tested roofing option for industrial, commer- cial, and manufacturing facilities. The system is made of sheets of rubber or other synthetic materials that can be ballasted, adhered, or mechanically fastened to the build- ing. A single-ply membrane creates a layer of protection on the roof and even offers Class A fire resistance. Additionally, commercial single-ply roof systems have been proven to last up to 30 years. 4. Built-Up Roofing System: Often referred to as "tar and gravel," By Robert Dye, Registered Roof Consultant at Robert Dye LLC How to Choose and Inspect a Roof

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