Top Three Commercial Roofing Trends

February 15, 2021 | By: Molly Looman

While the roof may not be the most viewed portion of a building from a tenant’s perspective, however, the large spaces are filled with potential and opportunity. In this article, we will talk about three trending topics in the commercial roof world and what they can add to your property. 

Flat Roofs

Flat roofs have been gaining popularity in the commercial real estate world in the past few years. While not truly flat, these roofs have proven cost-effective and fitting with a modern design aesthetic. The extremely minimal slope gives ample opportunity for design, storage, and creative uses for the roof.

Flat roofing also allows more access for vendors and engineers to perform cleaning or repairs. This can increase the lifespan of a roof and create a smoother workflow. While these roofs have already proven to be a popular choice, they could see even more increases in use in the next year. 

Environmentally Conscious Roofing

Property teams are always looking for ways to maximize energy efficiency and introduce environmentally friendly options into their property. Solar roofing has become an attractive option for those looking to make use of often under-utilized space. Flat roofs especially give properties the perfect location for installing solar panels. Not only can solar panels help decrease the carbon footprint of a property, but they can also help with the energy bill. 

Green roofs don’t stop at solar panels. Some properties have begun using the space for vegetation, gardens, or honey bee habitats. This provides an amenity for tenants and contributes to a positive environmental impact. 

Cool roofs have also risen in popularity. Cool roofs absorb less heat which decreases energy expenses by lowering the internal temperature of the building. The roofs do this because they are typically painted a lighter color such as white, grey, or beige.  

Drone Usage

Roofs are typically a difficult part of a property to show off without a long elevator ride or some steps. Drones, however, are an innovation that allows for high-quality images of roofs. From an operations standpoint, drone footage can help engineers view and identify problems or repairs on the roof. From a marketing standpoint, drone footage can be used to take high-quality footage of an area previously difficult to photograph. 

The use of drones can also be a safety precaution as it can allow engineers and technicians to view an issue in a way to keeps them out of harm’s way. It is also is much faster than sending a physical inspector up there before identifying the issue.