Navigating Chicago’s Skyline: Expert Insights Into Commercial Rubber Roofing Installation and Best Practices

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As a business owner in the Windy City, you understand how important a robust, durable roof is better than anyone. Chicago’s famously unpredictable weather patterns mean your roof has to withstand everything from scorching hot summers to snowy winters, and from extreme humidity to severe storms.

Rubber roofing material ticks all the right boxes if you seek a durable, cost-effective, low-maintenance commercial roofing solution. This guide walks you through your options and takes a look at the installation process.

Exploring Rubber Roofing: A Look at the Most Popular Types

Most rubber roofing materials come in large rolls or sheets. This makes the roof easy to install, cost-effective, supremely durable, and weather-resistant. However, businesses with steeper roofs can also consider rubber shingles.

Let’s explore some of the most common rubber roofing systems and examine their pros and cons.

EPDM Roofing

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) roofing is the oldest type of rubber roof. The rubber roofing rolls make installing EPDM roofs fast and straightforward, but the benefits don’t end there. EPDM roofs are among the most affordable and durable commercial roofing solutions.

Most EPDM roofing rolls are black, but manufacturers now offer gray and white alternatives for businesses prioritizing energy efficiency.

TPO Roofing

TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is a newer kind of rubber membrane roof. It is an excellent option for businesses looking for lightweight roofing with reflective properties that increase the building’s energy efficiency rating. Because TPO roofs are heat-welded during installation, they withstand heavy rainfall exceptionally well.

PVC Roofing

PVC roofing is famous for its flexibility and extreme water resistance, but it has another fascinating property that makes it especially appealing to some business owners — PVC is fire-resistant. As with TPO roofing, its seams are heat-welded to shield you from the elements.

Modified Bitumen Roofing

While not technically a rubber roof, modified bitumen is another popular choice in the commercial roofing sector. With multiple layers, these roofing systems are long-lasting and easy to repair where needed. Modified bitumen roofs are reinforced and feature a granulated surface.

Rubber Shingle

While commercial rubber roofs are typically installed as sheets or rolls, rubber shingles have also entered the market. Rubber shingles are an excellent and visually-appealing alternative to membrane roofs for businesses with steeply-sloped roofs.

How Is Rubber Roofing Installed?

Are you curious about how to install rubber roof? Experienced roofing contractors following the best practices turn the process into an art form. Here’s how we do it.

If you hire Revived Exteriors to install your commercial rubber roof, we’ll kick the installation process off with a thorough inspection. After measuring your roof’s surface area to check how much rubber roofing material we need, we’ll strip your old roofing material and lay the foundation for a fresh start.

Our experienced professional roofers will look over the substrate and prepare the surface for its new roof — starting with cleaning up and making repairs.

Where necessary, we’ll install underlayment first. Next up, your roofing team installs the rubber membranes — an exciting process that involves:

  • Moving the large rolls or sheets to their correct positions.
  • Securing your rubber roof with adhesives or mechanical fasteners.
  • Seaming the rubber roofing sheets for a watertight result you can rely on.

Roof penetrations and edges require more attention, and our experienced roofing team will work hard to ensure your entire commercial roof is sealed tight.

After applying sealant and working on your flashing, the Revived Exteriors team gives your new roof a final once-over to make sure everything’s in order. Finally, we’ll clean up after ourselves so you can enjoy your new commercial roof without any stray debris.

Is Rubber Roofing Right for Your Chicago Business?

Traditional rubber membrane roofing is an excellent option for commercial buildings with flat or low-sloped roofs. Retail buildings, warehouses, industrial facilities, office buildings, hotels, malls, educational institutions, and hospitals can all benefit from rubber roofs. Talk about versatility!

Want more good news? Rubber roofing may still be the best solution for your business if your building has a steeper roof. Rubber shingles merge the durability of commercial roofing solutions with the appeal of architectural shingles for a cost-effective approach to roofing.

Exploring Commercial Roof Replacement?

Are you looking for a reliable and experienced commercial roofing company in Chicago, IL, to replace your commercial roof? Do you have questions about a commercial roof repair cost? The Revived Exteriors team has you covered!

We specialize in commercial roofs, and our roofers can offer guidance to help you pick the best rubber roofing solution for your needs. When you’re ready, we’ll flawlessly install your commercial roof.

Call us today to get the ball rolling on your commercial roof replacement project!

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