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Why consider commercial flat roof vs. commercial steel roofing?

In construction, a few things set commercial architecture apart from residential in very dramatic ways.  For one, commercial designs are much more utilitarian.  When building an office building or a commercial compound, form is secondary to function.  When it comes to putting a roof and four walls around some rooms, what is inside usually counts more than how a building looks.  A big reason for this is the importance of the cost per square foot of usable space.  In order to squeeze the most use out of a building, the size and shape of a building often determine how much real-estate there is to offer businesses.

A solution to this problem has often been to create the most utilitarian shape for building around: the rectangle.  Rectangles apply mathematics to a usable area in such a way that space is optimized in the best way possible in order to break up an area the most efficiently and effectively.  As a result, large commercial buildings use every square foot they possibly can, and that means the form of the building lends itself to using commercial flat roof architecture.

Commercial flat roofs

Flat roofs mean that the size and shape of nearly all floors is somewhat uniform, from the ground floor to the top.  With the right materials, flat roofs get the job done.  They are strong, durable, and relatively inexpensive to build.  With the creation of newer materials, flat roof construction has advanced since the last century where tarpaper, gravel, and barrels of gooey tar was king.  Flat roofs are very effective at protecting a building from sunlight (solar radiation), water (rain, snow, hail and everything in-between), and other factors associated with climate.  Strength, a long life, and relatively inexpensive materials are all part of selecting a flat roof.

Commercial steel roofing

Not all commercial building is designed the same.  In some designs, aesthetics have a more important role.  Architects design buildings that catch the eye, becoming a way for an industry to get attention.  Skyscrapers are a prime example of this.  Skylines often make up the character of a major metropolitan area, and if your skyscraper can stand out from the rest, this can get the companies within this commercial space lots of attention.

Another example is something as basic and ubiquitous as the cineplex.  Sharper angled roofs are often a significant part of architecture of this kind, giving character to real estate as well as making it easily recognizable.  Steel roofs give architects variety in what they can accomplish, based on materials and how these materials will perform.

Steel roofs withstand harsher weather conditions–such as snow and hail–better than flat roofs.  Especially if there is the possibility of increased load bearing situations such as blizzards or heavy rain.  It isn’t uncommon for a business to upgrade their flat roof to a steel roof design depending on need.

We’re the Experts

Hammersmith, LLC is an expert in both commercial flat roof construction and commercial steel roof construction and repair.

Your Steel Roofing Expert, Hammersmith.

When you are looking for a trusted roofing contractor in Minneapolis and Wisconsin area, look no further than Hammersmith Company. We know how to take care of all your steel roofing needs with efficiency, professionalism and at affordable rates.

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