Roofing in Alabama: How to Protect Your Building

 

Is your roof holding up to your local climate and weather?

The are several types of climate areas across the US, and each has their obstacles that building owners have to face to protect their building. In Alabama, we experience harsh weather from sun and heat to severe rain and wind.

Roof systems in Alabama have to stand up to a lot of wear and tear. In this article, we cover the top roofing problems we see in Alabama along with the top types of roofing systems Alabamians rely on to protect their buildings.

 

Weather in Alabama

 

Heat

We have an office and facility in Huntsville, so we understand the needs of our fellow building owners and managers to save on energy costs. The temperature of an Alabama summer can put a drain on not only your employees and tenants, but you don’t want to strain your HVAC system. Emphasizing an insulated roof system is the only way to go, to protect your building from extreme heat and overworked HVAC units.

 

Sun

Boy, do we have some sun here in Alabama! Prolonged exposure to the harsh sun during the summer months can age your membrane roof. The UV damage can break down a membrane faster than a roof system that is shaded.

 

Wind and Storms

Watch out for that storm! Your facility needs to be durable and can withstand hurricane-force winds and torrential rains. Building owners have to take into account uplift resistance and building protection from severe storms and tornadoes.

 

 

Popular Roof Types for Alabama

 

SPF Insulation

Spray Foam

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is an eco-friendly roofing option for commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities. Spray Polyurethane Foam, more commonly referred to as SPF, is a material that is sprayed as a liquid so it can expand into a foam, creating a solid layer across an existing roof.

Read More: Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Roofing: Installation & Performance

 

Single-Ply

Single-Ply Membrane is a time-tested roofing option for commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities. Single-Ply Membranes are sheets of rubber and other synthetics that can be ballasted, mechanically fastened or chemically adhered to insulation creating a layer of protection on your commercial facility.

 

Metal

Metal Roofing is one of the oldest commercial roofing systems on the market. Most metal roofing systems use corrugated galvanized steel, although other materials such as aluminum or tin can also be used.

Since metal roofing material is rather light in weight, it can be installed right on top of the existing roof. After a metal roofing system is installed, a coating can be added for waterproofing, rust protection, and UV protection.

 

Alabama has some pretty crazy weather, but we can help you be prepared! If you have any further questions about your commercial roofing system, email us anytime at info@westroofingsystems.com or by filling out our form online to find out more.

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Author: Aubrey Barto

Aubrey Barto is the Marketing Manager of West Roofing Systems, Inc. She has two BAs in News and Media Production with Certifications from Hubspot, HootSuite, University of San Francisco and Wharton School of Business. Aubrey works closely with West Roofing’s sales and service teams, she is up on our roofs taking photos and videos for our website regularly.

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