Businesses on the Florida coast have to consider their roofing material much more carefully than other commercial facilities. Florida businesses are subject to salt spray, hurricanes, scorching sun, and extended summer heat that can all damage the roofing and make the interior more costly to cool. Therefore, it’s important to choose a material that will serve both the practical and aesthetic needs of your business.
Below are the top four roofing options for Florida businesses that we often install at MaintenX. While there are plenty of options, these are the most common and most durable for Florida buildings:
Concrete is a popular option for facilities across America. Not only is it an excellent choice for flat roofing (which is advantageous for the installation of solar panels and rooftop HVAC systems), but it will hold up to wind, sea salt, and heavy rain. With correct flashing, you can prevent leaks in your concrete and create a strong boundary between your business and the elements. The only downside to concrete is that it can be more expensive than shingles or other types of roofing common for small commercial facilities.
Cedar shakes are common in South Florida, both in the residential districts and for beachside commercial buildings. This is because cedar shakes are stylish, saltwater-resistant, and can withstand high wind speeds in the event of a hurricane. While they are considerably more expensive than asphalt shingles, they have shown to hold up better to Florida’s unpredictable weather and can make an aesthetic statement that impresses guests.
Metal roofing is becoming more popular for commercial facilities because of its long-term durability and aesthetic appeal. Options like aluminum are resistant to corrosion from water and salt, and will provide protection from strong winds and rain as well as excellent drainage. Metal roofing also comes in a variety of colors and styles to customize your building’s look. Drawbacks to metal include its price and noise level during storms, but overall, it is an excellent choice for Florida businesses.
Rubber is an option that is often overlooked by businesses, but it shouldn’t be. Rubber is durable, cost-effective, and eco-friendly as it is often made from recycled materials. THe only drawback to materials like EPDM rubber is that it comes in a limited color palette. However, with the right paint, there is no reason not to install rubber roofing for a practical and affordable installation.