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Repair of Industrial Roofing: A Guide

Oct 11

Repair of Industrial Roofing: A Guide


The roofs of residential and industrial buildings are not the same. Industrial buildings can house many different types of wares. Some require precise temperature control or other special accommodations. Industrial properties require different roofing materials. Learn how to make industrial roofing repairs.


Industrial roofs offer protection that is beyond that of domestic dwellings. These roofs protect goods that are subject to environmental conditions like humidity, ventilation, etc. Warehouses with sensitive materials require them to be constructed using stronger materials than houses.


Let's have a look at which materials and types can be used for an industrial roofing repair.




TPO, also known as thermoplastic polyolefin or TPO, is a single ply membrane that's applied onto the roof's exterior. It is available as sheets of 10 to 20 feet width. On some flat roofs, it can be heat welded together with an automated welding robot.

Tens upon dozens of large rolls, called Theroplastic Polyolefin, of white waterproof material were being placed by robotic arms. The temporary lights were also aimed at the Ford Field skyline yesterday morning as part a $100 million renovation project.


Modified bitumen


Modified bitumen, also called torch-down roofing, is a single ply membrane commonly used on flat roofs. This single-ply membrane contains several layers of adhesive with fiberglass or polyester reinforcement. A top layer is reinforced rubber material, which has been heated to become flexible before it's rolled onto a surface and covered with gravel to protect against UV rays. These roofs can be installed over many existing types, including concrete tiles, metal sheets/panels, and wood shingles. These flexible materials can withstand high heat without melting or cracking, unlike other membranes.


Built-up roof


Built-up roofing, also known as BUR, is a popular option for buildings with flat roofs. It can be made up multiple layers of tar, asphalt material like polyester fabric/fabrics-like material combination, mixed in gravel. This keeps it waterproof and blocks UV rays.


Metal roofing


Metal roofing is often used to cover pitched industrial roofs. Metal roofing is available in many materials including copper, aluminum, tin stainless steel, and stone-coated. Metal panels can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The industry's strongest rust resistance properties make them durable and can withstand extreme weather conditions. Metal panels can either be attached using an invisible fastener or hidden fastener. These attachment methods will last longer than those that are not visible.