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The Two Types of Industrial Roofing Design

The Two Types of Industrial Roofing Design

An old saying among manufacturing professionals states that ‘thirty percent of your building protects one hundred percent of your goods.’ Said thirty percent refers to roofing, arguably the most important part of any industrial building. More than any other part of the building, industrial roofing needs to be carefully picked out, to ensure sturdiness and protection against the elements.

However, as with most other things in life, not all industrial roofing is created equal. On the contrary, there are several types of industrial roofs to choose from, of which the two most common are the pitched type and the flat type. Each of these variants has its own advantages and specificities, which the lines below expand upon.

Flat Industrial Roofing                                                          

Flat industrial roofs are usually fastened directly to the ceiling joints and covered with a single-ply layer of weatherproof roofing felt. This type of roof is usually best suited to smaller buildings, such as annexes to a larger structure or even a smaller-sized factory.

As compared to their pitched counterparts, flat roofs tend to be easier to erect and more cost-effective; however, the flipside of this is that flat industrial roofing tends to have a shorter lifespan than the pitched type, being more susceptible to wear and tear and requiring a larger degree of maintenance.

Pitched Industrial Roofing

Pitched industrial roofing is formed of two slopes which come to a peak, not unlike a domestic roof. This type of roofing is highly popular in the industrial sector for its longevity, durability, additional insulation and the storage space it provides. However, pitched roofs also tend to have higher design and construction costs than flat ones, which should be taken into account by companies and factories on a budget.

Ultimately, it is up to each industrialist to decide which type of industrial roofing best suits his or her needs and budget. At Valent Roofing, we are happy to install either variant, as requested!


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