Not every commercial building is a warehouse. Many Main Street businesses seek to reproduce the homey charm of a Dutch Colonial, Tudor, or Victorian house. For these styles of a commercial building, only shingles will do.
Commercial Grade Shingles
A competent facilities manager knows that shingles require more maintenance than just about any other commercial roofing material. Your company will select shingles for their appearance, the character they lend to your company’s image, and the colors available. Still, you want to shop for shingles that will require a minimum of fuss after installation.
When selecting shingles for commercial use, think long-term. You are investing in a product that will not only protect your company, but it will also convey a message. This means spending a bit more on commercial-grade shingles, avoiding the budget lines of “three-tab” shingles.
Consider architectural shingles. These dramatically change the look of any roof, and in commercial applications can provide depth, dimensionality, and shadow to draw eyes to your business.
Selecting For Leverage
You can select a shingle roof for the commercial application so that the roof performs double or triple duty. First, of course, it must protect your business while costing as little as possible. Second, it must be a way to help your business stand out from the crowd. Here you might select a bright color like Owens Corning’s Harbor Blue or Shasta White. Customers begin to use your business as a landmark: “Drive until you see the building with the blue shingles out front.”
Another way to invest in a commercial shingle roof, and get it to work for you, is with an eye toward energy efficiency.
One way to increase the work a shingle roof can perform for your business is to select cool roofing. Owens Corning, for example, has a complete line of Duration Premium Cool shingles that help lower energy costs. All carry the federal Energy Star designation.
As we mentioned, upkeep on a shingle roof is necessarily more than for a low-slope or metal roof. Clear gutters frequently (as granules wash away), and consider twice-yearly cleanings to inhibit algae.
Yellowhammer Roofing is your local, trustworthy contractor for commercial roofs of all types. We have vast experience in installing complete shingle roof systems for both residential and commercial customers. Contact us today to see how the right shingle in the right color can be the right move for your business.