The 3 Key Roles of Insulation in a Commercial Roof

By Stacy Mellete

Roofing insulation may be out of sight, out of mind most of the time, but it actually plays a vital role in a commercial roofing system. As a commercial building owner or facility manager, it’s vital to understand the roles of roofing insulation to increase your roof’s ROI. Affordable Roofing Systems, one of the area’s top roofing contractor in Tampa, talks about the three key roles of insulation in a roofing system:

The 3 Key Roles of Insulation in a Commercial Roof

Preventing Heat Transfer

The primary job of your building’s roof insulation is to control heat transfer through your roof. Heat moves through conduction, convection and radiation. The insulation prevents conduction through your roof. An air barrier helps reduce air flow while a vapor retarder eliminates condensation. Radiation can be minimized by installing a climate-appropriate roof surface for your building.

Serving as a Platform

Your roof and its insulation will serve as a working platform over the course of your building’s lifetime, so you should protect your insulation. As an experienced commercial roof repair and installation expert, Affordable Roofing Systems believes using cover boards over roofing insulation is good practice. We also suggest choosing insulation with adequate compressive strength and installing walkways on your roof.

Helping With Drainage

Using tapered insulation boards can help direct water away from the curbs and walls on your roof and cause this water to flow safely towards your drains and gutters. In general, a roof needs a minimum 1/4 inch drop over 12 inches to drain water adequately. Since roof geometry is often complicated, higher slopes might be needed in certain areas to make sure that all areas of the roof have at least the minimum slope. Tapered insulation can help with this.

Affordable Roofing Systems is the leading commercial roofing company in our area because we strive daily to provide every customer with outstanding quality service, value and products. We don’t stop until the customer is completely satisfied with the results of their project.

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