Tile roofing systems are great for commercial applications not only because of their beautiful, textured appearance, but also because they are one of the longest lasting, most effective roofing solutions available to facility owners.
When you’re thinking about a tile roof installation, repair or replacement, here’s what you should consider:
- Installation considerations
Commercial tile roof installations is a complicated job, especially for large or steeply sloped commercial buildings. If, however, you choose the right roofing contractor, your finished tile roof will last for at least 100 years with proper maintenance. But the longevity of your commercial tile roofing system depends on its installation.Your roofing contractor should begin by checking the thickness of the roofing deck. This will ensure it is strong enough to hold the weight of the tile. Laying the correct underlayment—usually ASTM D226 Type II is recommended—will provide cushion for the tile during installation and insulation throughout its service life. Commercial tile roofs are laid and secured either with mortars or battens—a licensed roofing contractor experienced in tile roofs will point you toward the right method for your tile selection.You should only use a roofing contractor with commercial tile roof experience because tile dust—which contains crystalline silica, a known carcinogen—is released if tile is ground, cut or sawed improperly. An experienced contractor will know to take precautions to not only minimize the risks for their workers but also for your facility and employees.
- Design versatility and material selection
Commercial tile roofs are manufactured in three ”profiles”—measured as the difference between the high and low points of installed tile—low profile, medium profile and high profile tiles. They are all effective and waterproof roofing options, so your choice will depend on the effect you’re trying to capture with your facility’s design.Whatever profile you choose, it is important to check whether your tile selection has met standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). For instance, concrete tiles are regulated by ASTM C1492, which dictates proper manufacturing practices that should be followed in order to achieve optimal durability, strength, and quality. Clay tiles are regulated similarly by ASTM C1167. You need to choose a roofing contractor familiar with these standards, as well as installation best practices, so you can be sure you’re getting the best value.Your roofing contractor should also be willing to work with your architect or designer in material selection so that your tiles are not only structurally safe, but contribute to your desired aesthetic for the facility.
A roofing contractor experienced in tile roofing for commercial applications can make all the difference for the longevity and appearance of the facility. That’s why you should schedule a consultation with the commercial tile roofing experts at Gateway Environmental Roofing Solutions. We’re trusted throughout St. Louis for commercial projects. And for good reason.
We’re passionate about roofing. We live for the feeling of seeing a job well done. This means using knowing the proper roofing techniques better than anyone else. It means being up-to-date on fire safety codes, St. Louis City and County building codes and what international standards are being recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association. Our goal is to deliver roofing solutions that meet your facility’s needs perfectly. And we do it seamlessly.
We hold ourselves to a higher standard. When we give you an estimate, we stick to it. When we give you a timeline, we’re serious about keeping it. Every time. There’s a reason why our past clients recommend us to their contacts and colleagues. We aim to be proud of every roofing project we complete—and we haven’t failed that goal yet.
So schedule a risk-free consultation today and learn what sets Gateway Environmental Roofing Solutions apart.