Frequently Asked Questions About Cold Roofing Systems

If you live in a part of the country that has freezing cold winters, a commercial roofing contractor may recommend a cold roofing system when your roof needs to be replaced. Cold roofing systems are becoming more and more popular with commercial building owners as they offer many benefits, especially for buildings with flat roofs. Unfortunately, not everyone has heard of them. Getting answers to the questions you have can help you determine if a cold roof system is ideal for your commercial roof. 

What is a Cold Roofing System? 

When a commercial roofing contractor installs a cold roofing system, they place insulation below the attic or crawlspace in a commercial building, rather than directly beneath the roof below the roof sheathing. Vents are then placed on the roof which helps the roof to breathe, while also ensuring that that attic or crawlspace stays cold in the winter. The idea behind a cold roofing system is that if the roof stays cold, snow on the roof will not melt. If snow does not melt, it will not turn into a liquid that can freeze and become an ice dam. 

What Are the Benefits of a Cold Roofing System? 

The number one benefit associated with a cold roofing system is that it helps to keep snow on a roof cold. This helps to prevent the snow from melting, which in turn helps to prevent that liquid from freezing on your roof. Ice on a commercial roof can cause a lot of damage and is one of the top reasons why a commercial roofing service may have to perform roof repairs. 

Can Cold Roofing Systems Be Used With Any Commercial Roofing Material? 

A cold roofing system refers to the roofing insulation layout. It does not refer to the exterior roofing materials on your roofs, such as membranes, metal sheeting, BUR, or spray-on silicone. Most roofing materials can be used in conjunction with a cold roofing system. A commercial roofing contractor can help you determine which roofing materials will work best given the slope of your commercial roof, the size of your commercial roof, and specific weather elements that are common where you live. 

Cold roofing systems need to be installed at the time a new roof is installed. They can be beneficial, particularly on flat roofs, like those commonly found on commercial buildings. If you are in need of a new commercial roof and are wondering if a cold roofing system is right for you, talk to a commercial roofing contractor like Commercial Solutions, Inc. They can help determine if your roof can benefit from a cold roofing system.