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Choosing the best roofing material for your small business requires a balance between managing budgets and enhancing the appearance of your building. Appearance is a particular concern if your business building has a hipped roof, which features four slightly sloping sides that rise up to a modest peak. The roof looks a bit like a raised, folding in box and creates a lot of visible surface area on the roof.
If your business needs a new roof or roof repairs, there are a few roofing materials that work well or badly on a hipped roof that you can keep in mind while talking with commercial roofing contractors.
Best: Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles have a low price, which can help keep your budget in check. The hipped roof has a lot of surface area to cover, which can become quite expensive with some other roofing materials. Asphalt shingles also look attractive with a range of color, textures, and detailing available that can make the shingles resemble wood, slate, or other high-end materials.
The hipped roof doesn't have steeply sloped sides like the gable roof, which can speed up winds and damage the lightweight shingles, so there's little danger of wind damage to your roofing. Asphalt shingles in general are durable and low maintenance, which should keep your upkeep work and costs fairly low.
Best: Slate Tiles
Do you want to spring for an elegant look and don't need to keep to a tight budget? Slate tiles look beautiful and sophisticated, have impressive durability and no maintenance requirements, and work well on a hipped-style roof. The tiles do cost quite a bit but you might consider the upfront costs worth the longevity and ease of this roofing material.
Slate tiles only come in the natural color of the stone but can be installed in brickwork patterns to add some more visual appeal. The brickwork installations such as herringbone and cobblestone can work particularly well if your business also has masonry siding or walkways.
Worst: Wood Shakes or Shingles
There's no structural reason wood shakes or shingles couldn't work on a hipped roof so if you love the look of wood, you're welcome to go this route. But wood shingles cost more than asphalt but have much higher maintenance requirements, and damage risks, than either asphalt or slate. So this isn't a great roofing material choice if you don't want to have to repair or maintain the roof on a more frequent basis.
For more information, contact a business like Danny Odom & Son Roofing.Share
14 September 2016