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Common Commercial Roofing Materials Used In New England

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When choosing roofing materials for your commercial building in New England, you need to consider the climate, the cost of materials, the general affordability and the energy efficiency ratings.

The most commonly used materials for this area include single ply, modified bitumen, green roofing, metal roofing or BUR (built-up roofing).

There are two main types of single ply that are used for commercial roofing, namely EPDM and TPO. EPDM is the abbreviation of “Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer” and is made of a synthetic rubber component that makes it flexible.

TPO stands for “thermoplastic polyolefin” and is popular because of its UV-reflecting properties. It is one of the most commonly used single ply option all throughout the USA, and in New England, also.

Green roofs refer to those types of commercial roofing CT systems that are covered with vegetation, usually planted over a waterproof membrane layer. This term may also be related to the use of green technology such as solar panels, cool roofs or photovoltaic panels.

Steel, aluminum, zinc and copper are among the most commonly used types of materials for commercial roofing. BUR or built-up roofs are made of several layers, offering top-quality protection against the outside elements such as harsh winds or heavy snowfalls.