In 2000 everyone was arguing over exactly when the new millennium would begin. Was it January 1, 2000, or January 1, 2001? Mathematically, our new century began in 2001. If your commercial roofing material predates the turn of the century, now would be a good time to consider a plan for a new roof.
Commercial Roofing Longevity
The toughest, most durable roofing material BELDON® Roofing Company uses in commercial applications, single-ply membrane, easily lasts 25 or more years in most applications. A quarter century and then your industrial building or commercial property will likely need a new roof. We are already 16 years into the new century, which means even the longest-lasting commercial roofing is in its twilight years.
Other roofing systems have typically shorter lifespans:
- Built-up Roofing (BUR)—The shortest useful life of all commercial roofing materials, at 10 to 15 years
- Modified Bitumen (APP and SBS)—These reinforced bitumen roofs last between 12 and 20 years
- EPDM (rubber)—Rubber roofs typically last 25 to 30 years, but in the Texas heat, that lifespan can shorten quickly
Other materials that may last decades longer, like concrete and metal, are generally not suitable for low-slope roofs, which are the majority of commercial roofing designs.
Spray systems, added on top of existing roofing, are not intended to replace proper tear-off and re-roofing. They can, however, add years of useful, waterproof life to an existing roof. BELDON® Roofing Company can inspect your existing roof and suggest ways that waterproofing and spray applications can help, but do not rely on spray coatings to eliminate the need for roof replacement.
Single-ply membrane may be the surest bet to beat the Texas heat, but poorly installed, it will fail just as quickly as any other commercial roof. Your choice of installer is just as important as your selection of the best roofing material for your industrial building or commercial property.
Select an expert in commercial roofs, such as BELDON® Roofing Company, for whom commercial roofing is not a new sideline. BELDON® has been installing, repairing and maintaining commercial roofs for decades. We train our crews, equip them well and expect every job to be done perfectly the first time. Few other Texas roofers can say that.
If you suspect your commercial roof is not up to the job, contact BELDON® Roofing Company today. We can inspect your roof and recommend a strategy to bring your building into the 21st century.