If you have a flat roof on your commercial building, it's time to consider an additional layer of protection. Placing a thin layer of gravel over your flat roof will provide you with much-needed benefits. Here are just four of the reasons why your commercial roofing needs a layer of gravel.
Prevent Heat Absorption
When you have a flat roof, you need to take steps to prevent heat absorption, especially during those hot summer months. Excess heat absorption can reduce energy efficiency and can cause considerable damage to your building. In fact, excessive heat absorption can damage your electrical wiring. If your commercial building is wood-framed, excessive heat absorption can undermine the structural integrity of your entire building. Applying a thin layer of gravel over the surface of your flat roof will prevent heat absorption.
Reduce Ice Formations
When you have a flat roof on your commercial building, you must take steps to avoid ice formations. Ice formations cause dangerous freeze/thaw cycles to occur. Unfortunately, those freeze/thaw cycles will destroy your flat roof over time. However, applying a thin layer of gravel over your flat roof will reduce the occurrence of ice formations and insulate your roof against those damaging freeze/thaw cycles that happen each winter.
Protect Against Foot Traffic
If you have a flat roof on your commercial building, you need to take steps to prevent damage associated with foot traffic. Without the protection that gravel can provide, each footstep across your roof is a potential risk for damage. Gravel provides a protective layer between your roof and the shoes that are walking across the surface. As a result, your roof will experience fewer damages associated with foot traffic.
Prevents Drain Clogs
If you have a flat roof, you need to be concerned about potential drain clogs. If your drains and gutters become clogged, your flat roof will develop damaging puddles during seasonal rainstorms. Unfortunately, if the puddles become too much of a problem, your roof may leak or collapse. One way to keep your drains clear is to place a layer of gravel over the entire surface of your flat roof. The gravel will prevent leaves and other debris from flowing freely to the drains when water is present.
Don't risk roofing problems. If your commercial building is designed with a flat roof, talk to your contractor about applying gravel to the surface. The addition of gravel will protect your roof against damage and increase the energy efficiency of your building.