Building Roofing – Industrial and Commercial Roof Systems


Welcome to Building Roofing

Builiding Roofing covers aspects of a building’s roofing system.

Type of Buildings



Commercial property includes

-Retail (shopping centers, retail stores), restaurants, business office, apartment complex, malls, hotels and motels


Many sources consider commercial and industrial properties as being the same. The difference in the two comes down basically to the industry the company is in. The majority of industrial companies produce some type of good within the economy. These building’s are usually not built to attract consumers, and can be tremendous in size. The majority of industrial buildings have low-sloped flat roof systems.

Industrial buildings commonly have roofs made of metal, aluminum, and steel. Some consist of roofing membrane such as PVC, TPO, and EPDM. And some are made up of roofs that are built up, such as modified bitumen.

-Plants, factories, warehouses, and distribution centers



-Religious Buildings

Most church building’s roof consists of shingles and/or metal steep slope and/or low slope. A combination of variations, consisting of different roof applications are commonly found, including sections with single-ply membranes.


On hospitals EPDM is one of the most common found membrane, but it is quickly being replaced by TPO roofing membranes. Many roofing professional believe that TPO has many benefits, which traditional EPDM lacks. Built up roofs using tar and gravel are also commonly found on hospitals. 


The primary purpose of maintenance and repairs for roof systems is to eliminate leaks and problems. Industrial and commercial roofing repairs and maintenance will extend a roof’s overall service life. Having repairs and regular maintenance enhance the original investment made in a commercial roof system. Depending upon the age and condition of an existing roof system, the general level of repairs may be divided into three categories:

  1. Patching Repairs
  2. General Repairs
  3. Major Repairs and Maintenance


Spot patching simply involves the installation of patches to repair isolated deficiend or degraded locations in the membrane or flashing.


General repairs are more comprehensive than spot patching. They may involve repair of numerous deficiencies throughout the roof system.


Major repairs and maintenance can be viewed as a repair regime designed in conjunjuction with various preventive maintenance procedures.


9 Benefits of Living Roofs

Whatever you choose to call them Living, Green, Vegetative, or Garden Roofs

These Roofs can Provide Significant Benefits to your Building

1) Building Increases in Value

To put in simple, installing a living roof will increase the value of your building.

Building Increases in Value

2) Storm water Management

Garden roof systems can be excellent for storm water management.

3) Increase Productivity Among Employees

Studies have shown that commercial buildings with vegetative roofs can improve morale and performance among employees.

4) Wildlife Habitat

wildlife on roofA living roof will provide habitat for living animals. If you enjoy watching birds, you will enjoy spending time on top of your building.

5) Provide Shade

Green Roofs are able to significantly lower the air temperature above the roof surface.

6) Grow Produce

Growing your own fruit and vegetables are excellent for restaurants, but anyone can enjoy these tasty treats.

7) Noise Reduction

Less interior noise for your building. The less noise, the less distraction for workers.

8) Incentives for Living Roofs

More and more incentives are being offered for individuals installing garden roofs.

9) More Space

Accessible green roofs give your building more space. The roof is normally a space that it is unused, but a green roof can be used as a break area for workers.

garden roof on building




Safety on a Construction Site – How to better prepare for heart failure

Unfortunately I saw a young man lose his life earlier this month. The guy was at a near by construction site by my office. He had a heart attack, and the employees around were not sure how to handle the situation.

They sat him straight up on his back, and was tapping him on the head asking him if he was alright. They called their boss first, instead of 911. We sent our safety guy over to see what was going on, he walked over, because he didn’t think it was urgent. After he didn’t feel a pulse, he immediately started giving CPR. He asked if anyone had called 911, and they replied no. So, he say call 9-1-1 now!

They called 911 and didn’t even know the address to give to the operator, so another one of our employees took the phone and took over from their. It was a disaster, and I feel awful that the young man lost his life.

Here is some tips that may help save others in the future.

1) Have some of your employees trained in CPR.

My cousin just survived a heart attack earlier in the year. He was fortunate the people he was working with, literally went and learned CPR the previous week (talk about being at the right place, at the right time).

2) Make sure your employees know their current location (address), you never know when an emergency can emerge. Have a phone located near the site as well.

3) Always call 911 first, and as soon as possible. The quicker they are on the scene, the better.

Safety First – Man Killed by Falling Tape Measure

A New Jersey man delivering sheet rock to a construction site was killed Monday when a tape measure fell fifty stories and hit him on the head.
tape measure fell off roof
The 1-pound tape measure became dislodged from the belt of a worker on the 50th floor and struck construction equipment about 10 to 15 feet from the ground. It then ricocheted and struck a 58 year old man in the head. The man was not wearing his hard hat at the time, and unfortunately lost his life shortly after the accident occurred.

Being on a construction site can be extremely dangerous, and you never know when some freak accident can occur and potentially cause severe damage or even result in death. Please take extra precautions next time you are working on or even near a construction site.

Potential Vulnerable Areas on Your Roof

Insulation (under the membrane) – Can lead to leaks or even premature failure of your entire roofing system. When the roof insulation shrinks, curls, or cups it results in membrane attachment problems.

Flexible Wall Flashings – Theses flashings can result in leaks if they slide off the wall.

Penetrations – Penetrations usually occur from lack of maintenance (and in many cases manufacturers will void warranty if the roof has not been properly maintained).

Metal Flashings – Flashings can leak at the joint, or because of rust. If the flashings were installed improperly they can also cause leaks.

Blisters – blisters in the membrane form due to moisture vapor within the roofing application. The blisters can open due to traffic, and result in leaks.