The Advantages of Installing a Rubber Roof on Your Building

If the roof of your commercial building has suffered damage or you are considering renovations, a rubber roof may be an excellent option. Typically used on flat roofs in the Midwest, Florida, and other parts of the United States, this newly popular roofing option offers many advantages to property owners.

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Rubber roofing, known to professionals as ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM), is becoming more mainstream in the roofing industry.

If you’re unfamiliar with rubber roofs, you’re not alone. Here’s a summary of the many pros (and a few cons) of updating your building with a rubber roof.

A Rubber Roof is Inexpensive and Easy to Install

The cost of EPDM is often far lower than other roofing materials. It’s lightweight and installation is quick and easy. The rubber is glued into place, removing the need for torches or hot asphalt. There are many installation options, making EPDM a favorite among roofing professionals.

Reduced labor and installation cost makes rubber roofing one of the most economical options available.

Rubber Roofing is Low Maintenance

Buildings outfitted with a rubber roof require minimal maintenance. EPDM is waterproof, and because it’s laid in single pieces, there are fewer seams that can cause leaks. In some cases, the roofing comes in 50-foot sheet rolls, creating a “shrink wrap” type of covering on your building.

If you need a repair, it’s usually a quick, easy, and inexpensive process. In most cases, a tube of liquid rubber or special tape is all that is needed.

EPDM is High-Quality and Long-Lasting

A rubber roof can last up to 50 years and meets building codes in most states. It’s resistant to fire, mold, mildew, and pests. EPDM withstands severe weather and extreme temperatures without cracking or crumbling.

Eco-Friendly Materials Save Money and Protect the Planet

Made of eco-friendly materials, rubber roofing is heat-reflective. This reduces cooling costs in the summer months. When the temperatures drop, the material acts as an insulator, keeping your building warm and lowering heat bills.

Most rubber roofs are made of recycled material. At the end of its life, you may choose to recycle the entire roof. This makes EPDM one of the greenest materials on the market today.

Potential Drawbacks

The primary drawback of rubber roofing is that the color can fade over time, giving it a worn appearance. However, a coat of acrylic paint every 10 to 12 years takes care of this issue.

Also, professional installation is required and it must be installed under dry conditions. Since this is the case with most roofs, it’s a minor drawback.

Explore Your Roofing Options with Wisconsin Commercial Roofing

Updating the roof on your commercial property is a big commitment. At Wisconsin Commercial Roofing, our number one priority is to protect your investment.

If you’re in the Milwaukee or Menomonee Falls area, contact us today for a free quote. We will review your project and give you a clear and honest assessment of your total project cost and projected timeline. Our goal is to be your trusted partner throughout every step of your roofing project, and we take our commitment seriously.


Does Your Commercial Roof Need Replacement: Part 2

With the harsh climate of our area, commercial roofs take a beating. It’s important to know how to tell when your commercial roof is ready for a full replacement, or just an overlay. Wisconsin Commercial Roofing, your expert commercial roofing company for flat roofs, metal roofs, EPDM roofs, and rubber roofs in the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas, has the information you need to make an educated decision. Read on for more tips to help determine if your roof is ready for replacement:

Don’t forget to inspect the materials of which your roof is made. Determine the type of roofing materials and note their condition. Do you see cracks in the roof coating? Is the rubber membrane torn or punctured? Are there any leaks or excessive water pooling? Also, inspect the drainage systems – failure to do so could mean quick damage caused to the new roof. Also, examine any insulation, and note its condition. If it is able to be reused, it can save you money over replacement, a good practice that also is good for the environment. Typically, with a full roof replacement, insulation may need to be replaced or added, but often you can reuse the existing materials.

Think long term about your roofing project. Consider how the roof will be used for the next 10 to 20 years, and if it will be subjected to heavy foot traffic. Understanding how our climate plays a significant role in the longevity of commercial roofs is key to planning and maximizing your dollars spent on your roof.

Stay up to date on building codes and standards. Roofing codes and standards change often, and it’s important to have a good understanding of these regulations. As a professional and reputable contractor, Wisconsin Commercial Roofing abides by all regulations and our work is 100% up to code on every project. Choosing us ensures that you won’t be hit with large costs to correct errors and shortcuts down the line. Other contractors may not be so meticulous, and often cut corners to save time and money.

Don’t wait for a problem to occur before replacing your roof. Frequent inspections will save you money and headaches in the long run. Leaks that go unnoticed can cause thousands of dollars of damage in a very short time. Even if there aren’t any visible problems with your commercial roof, it doesn’t mean you should drag your feet on inspections and necessary replacement.

Interested in a New Commercial Roof Installation?

Experience the best roofing team in the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas. Wisconsin Commercial Roofing provides expert commercial roof installation using quality products, and we have the experience, credentials, and referrals to prove it. Call us today at 262-349-6338 or visit our website and Contact Us today.


Does Your Commercial Roof Need Replacement: Part 1

Wisconsin’s climate brings extremes of weather on both ends of the spectrum, meaning intense heat and humidity, and frigid ice within just a few short months of each other. This has massive implications for commercial roofing systems, requiring them to be evaluated regularly. If the time has come for a closer look at your commercial roofing system, call Milwaukee and Menomonee Fall’s best commercial roofing company: Wisconsin Commercial Roofing.

Roofing renovations not only ensure safety for building occupants but also save costs by maximizing energy efficiency and preventing problems from occurring later on. Business owners should hire a roofing contractor to determine the best course of action for a roofing system, but it’s important to be informed about what to look for as well. Here’s how to know when your roof needs replacement.

Determine the current state of your roof and figure out whether your roof needs an overlay or a complete tear-off and roof replacement. If a new membrane can be installed over the current roof, you’ll save costs in the short term, but be careful of shady contractors who are willing to install a membrane over a roof with structural damage. Doing so will only lead to more expensive and disruptive problems down the line.

Inspecting the roof for damage. Sloped roofs should be free of any warping or bending, as this shows that the roof is nearing the end of its lifecycle. Likewise, flat roofs should be completely flat and free of any bulges or other indications of damage to the roof deck. If areas of the roof give too much, or if there is significant pooling of water, a new roof may need to be installed.

In the case of an overlay, the roof deck needs to be in healthy condition to support the weight of the new roof. While many business owners would prefer a simple fix, you must be absolutely sure that the deck is in good shape, or you’re asking for more trouble in the future.

Check back for our next post for more tips that can help you determine if your roof is ready for replacement.

Interested in a New Commercial Roof Installation?

Experience the best roofing team in the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas. Wisconsin Commercial Roofing provides expert commercial roof installation using quality products, and we have the experience, credentials, and referrals to prove it. Call us today at 262-349-6338 or visit our website and Contact Us today.


The WCR Methodology

Wisconsin Commercial Roofing begins every project with a focus on meeting and exceeding the expectations of our customers. We appreciate the level of trust that a customer places in us when they choose us as their roofing partner, and we fully intend to honor that trust and deliver in every aspect of the project. As the expert in flat top roofs, rubber roofs, metal roofs, and EPDM roofs, in the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas, WCR delivers expert-quality work for our partners, and we’ve built a proven methodology that ensures that each and every project reaches those same heights of quality and customer satisfaction.

WCR roofing professionals work with accuracy and accountability to ensure that your investment is protected. Our priority is to deliver the results you expect, on time and on schedule. When you choose Wisconsin Commercial Roofing, you gain a partner that is invested in your roofing project, and truly dedicated to your satisfaction. Our methodology ensures that you benefit from:

A Comprehensive Plan Designed To Meet Your Needs

WCR doesn’t just send out a team and a truck and hope for the best. We’ve built our business to respond to our customers’ needs. Every project has a plan, designed by our roofing experts to maximize efficiency, and also ensure that the job is done right the first time. This extra first step, one that is often omitted by our competition, adds a relatively small amount of time we spend on your project, but the benefits to the quality of our work and the satisfaction of our customers are enormous.

A Responsive Team That Has Years Of Quality Work Experience

Much of our competition hires seasonal laborers that are often inexperienced and not dedicated to the company they work for. Not WCR. Our team was assembled from a group of experienced roofing craftsmen, many of whom have seen and done it all when it comes to commercial roofing. Our crews are hard working, passionate roofing experts, ready to tackle any project and handle any problem that may arise along the way.

A Clear Understanding Of Project Details

We don’t leave anything to chance. Misunderstandings often lead to mistakes, problems, and dissatisfaction. Your WCR representative will iron out all the details of the project before we lift a hammer, and ensure that all members of the team are on the same page.

A Partnership That Will Last And Is Built On Trust

If you are a business owner, you don’t have time to worry about your roof. We understand that. We aim to earn your trust and your businesses, with honesty, transparency, and good old integrity. Once the project is complete, we hope to become your on-call roofing team, for continued maintenance and repairs in the future.

Interested in a New Commercial Roof Installation?

WCR is your best bet for commercial roofing in Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls, and we have the experience, credentials, and referrals to prove it. Call us today at 262-349-6338 or visit our website and Contact Us today.