If your business has a flat roof, you’re likely facing a variety of challenges from preventing water damage to heat loss during the winter. There are a variety of options available, including membrane roofs. But more of our commercial clients are opting to install a taper system. Here’s a closer look at some of the most common questions we see about commercial taper roofing systems and why you might want to consider one today.
Who can use a commercial taper system?
Anyone with a flat or dead-level roof can use a taper system. These can be used on new construction or during a re-roofing process.
What are the water-related benefits?
The risk of water damage is one of the most serious challenges facing businesses with flat roofs. When your roof is flat, it’s unable to properly drain water that accumulates as a result of rain or snow. As a result, your roof is at risk for significant water damage. If a seal or seam isn’t 100% water tight, you can face interior damage as well. During the winter, pools of water can form into ice dams which can do significant damage to your building’s structure. During the summer, standing puddles of water can act as breeding grounds for mosquitos and other harmful pests. Installing a taper system will help moisture drain properly from the roof.
What are the energy benefits?
Another benefit of tapered roofing systems is that they add additional insulation to your roof. Your level of insulation directly affects your energy costs by eliminating the amount of energy that escapes. By increasing your insulation, you’ll lower your winter heating bills and decrease the cost of air conditioning and climate control in the summer.
How do these systems work?
Commercial taper systems vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Essentially they work as follows: insulated panels are placed below the membrane or final roofing solution to create slopes in the roof. Design plays an important role in the process of adding a taper system. There are numerous potential slope designs and yours should take into account your building’s layout, factors such as skylights and HVAC units, drainage locations and the specific concerns you’re trying to address. On a final note, installing a commercial taper system should only be done by a professional roofing company. Proper installation is essential to the system working and avoiding future problems with the roof.
Are you a Utah business owner that’s looking for a cost-effective way to avoid the problems associated with a flat roof? Contact us today to arrange for a customized consultation and free project estimate.