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Since 1977, Shencorp Inc. has specialized in commercial roofing and commercial protective roof coating services throughout Winchester, VA, Charlottesville, VA, Waynesboro, VA, Richmond, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. In that time, we have become the leading choice for industrial and commercial roofing services like commercial protective roof coatings for customers throughout Virginia. Learn more about our roofing coats here.

In our last blog post, we discussed some common commercial roofing systems. Whether you’re new to the industry or just here for a refresher or to learn something new, we hope you find these descriptions helpful. Here are even more popular commercial roofing systems:

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing is known for its aesthetics, longevity, and durability. Used on both low-slope and steep roofs, many building owners prefer the look and durability that comes with metal roofs. Building and homeowners are now opting for certain types of metal roofs to take advantage of the longer lifespan and durability compared to a traditional shingle roof.

Liquid Applied Roofing

A liquid applied roofing membrane is constructed in place with resin and a reinforcing polyester. It offers superior waterproofing capabilities because it’s able to reach those harder to get to areas. It is sprayed on, or roller applied, usually in two separate coats. A liquid roof, due to the nature of how it is applied doesn’t create invasive disturbances and or emit harmful or strong odors, making it a good option for when businesses need to stay open during construction.

Roof Coating Systems: This fully adhered coating consists of a fluid-applied membrane. It can stretch and return to its original shape. There are many types of roof coatings, but the most common include acrylic and silicone. Best suited for metal roofs, coatings can help keep buildings cool, reduce energy consumption, protect against leaks and extend the life of a commercial roof.

Green Roofs

Green roofs are not suitable for every space. But when in place, they can help to reduce energy costs with natural insulation, create enjoyable spaces for people and animals, and absorb stormwater, arguably lessening the need for complex and expensive drainage systems. Green roofs, in general, improve air quality and help reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect. Nations Roof® has installed many green or vegetative roofing systems across the country.

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels

Solar panels absorb natural sunlight and convert it into usable energy. In roofing, photovoltaics have the potential to generate long-term cost savings to the users, especially in high-sun geographic regions. When installing a rooftop photovoltaic system, Nations Roof® can help you maintain the integrity of the roofing system to keep your building watertight without interrupting the service of the PV system.

Steep Slope

Steep slope roofing refers to roofing materials suitable for roofs that have slopes of 3:12 or higher. While this is mainly seen in residential properties, commercial buildings sometimes have this style of roof, usually because it’s a design feature of the building, e.g., a hotel or university. The roof slope affects the materials that can be used which range from asphalt composition roll, fiberglass 3-tab shingle, fiberglass laminate (architectural) shingle, specialty asphalt shingle, through to wood shakes, wood shingle, clay, concrete tile, slate, and metal.

Insulation & Cover Boards

Cover boards and thermal insulations enable a roof to improve the energy efficiency of your building and lower your utility bills.  The perfect time to add insulation and meet current energy codes is when the roof is being replaced.