If you are the senior manager or board member at a hospital or clinic, you know how important the safety and security of the building itself is to both the staff members and patients. Furthermore, you know that the types of events that are most dangerous to the hospital buildings, such as major thunderstorms, hailstorms, snowstorms, blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes, are also the times that your hospital is busiest and your resources are most strained. Your hospital and staff can hardly afford a major structural emergency when their resources are already stretched thin. This is why safe and secure hospital roofing is so vital.
Hospital Roofing Features
Hospital roofing differs significantly from other forms of commercial and even residential roofing. Hospitals often require extensive air conditioning and heating units for patients with severe medical conditions. In addition, the risk of airborne contagious diseases means that your facilities must have a fail-proof exhaust system.
Furthermore, your community’s medical needs are always changing and you cannot predict today what your hospital’s needs may be five or even ten years from now. For this reason, it is very important that your hospital roofing system is easily adaptable, allowing you to make quick and easy adjustments to the roof to accommodate new machinery or air circulation systems.
Lastly, many hospitals require a landing space for medical helicopters on their roof. This complicates the process quite a bit, requiring a large concrete pad and the type of strong support structures that are necessary to hold this pad up for decades.
Hospital Roofing Materials
There are several very popular roofing materials commonly used in hospital roofing systems. Asphalt, or composite, roofing is very popular on both residential and commercial roofs. This material is low cost, lightweight, and fairly durable, with an average service life of 30-50 years. In addition, sheet metal is a very common and economical roofing material used in the medical field. This material is waterproof, fireproof, and resistant to natural degradation. It is also lightweight, relatively inexpensive, and comes with an average warranty of 50 years.
In addition to the traditional materials mentioned above, relative newcomers such as PVC, EPMD, and thermoplastic membranes are becoming increasingly popular. While not environmentally friendly, these materials offer unparalleled protection against the elements and a very long lifespan.
If you are searching for a contractor to complete your hospital roofing construction or replacement, it is vital that you choose and experienced roofing company with references from the medical community. Hospital roofing requires a unique set of skills different from those needed in typical commercial applications, such as for industrial facilities, warehouses, office buildings, and even educational institutions. Contact Century Roofing today to hear more about our team’s experience working with the medical community to design safe and long-lasting roofs that will allow your administration to focus on what matters most: your patients.