Three Considerations When Insulating Your Commercial Property's Roof

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With modern businesses striving to become ever more eco-friendly, it's important that you stay up to date with the trends. Whilst modern technology can play a major part in this, it's important you get the basics right first. One of the easiest (and most efficient) ways of keeping your energy costs down is to install proper insulation on your commercial roof. Below are three considerations to remember when planning your insulation works:

Type of Roof

The first thing you have to consider when considering insulating your commercial roof is the shape of the structure itself. Typically, pitched roofs are much easier to insulate than flats roofs as there are a wide number of options available to the contractor. Additionally, if you don't plan on using your property's natural attic space for storage, you can make some huge savings when installing insulation.

Flat roofs are usually more troublesome when it comes to insulation and are usually fairly pricey when compared with pitched roofs. Although flat roofs offer great access for contractors, they usually restrict the options available to insulate the structure. If you choose to insulate the roof internally, you are effectively reducing the height of your rooms which may affect your business' equipment. With that said, insulating externally is generally more expensive and requires much more labor, so you should weigh up the pros and cons of each before proceeding.

Age of Structure

If your commercial property was constructed within the last 10-15 years, you shouldn't have to worry about installing insulation. Most province's building codes will have regulations covering insulating new structures, so it's worthwhile checking this prior to planning any works.

If the roof was built prior to this however, or if the roof is significantly damaged, then you'll likely have to install a layer of insulation. The thickness of insulation required will vary depending on your province's building regulations – a qualified roofing contractor will be able to offer guidance on this.

Navigating Restricted Attic Space

Attic space can be both your best friend and worst enemy when it comes to insulating your commercial roof. If your attic is left untouched, then the space available will make it extremely easy for contractors to install a good level on insulation on the structure. However, if your attic is used for pipework, boilers and equipment storage, then your contractor's job will be made that much more difficult.

As such, you should always consider the space available when planning your insulation works. Rather than simply planning the outline of the insulation, think about how easy it is for a tradesmen to access each space. Additionally, difficult insulation jobs can have an effect on your daily running of the business, so make sure you have considered the possibility of complications before work begins. Discuss all of these with a professional roofing company, such as Evo Roofing.

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