Roofing materials for municipal roofing projects are varied and can include slate, ceramic, single-ply roofing, composite materials, sheet metal, or even green roofing systems.
Common roofing materials such as composite (also referred to as asphalt), sheet metal, and single-ply are great materials for functional municipal buildings and are a very cost-effective approach to constructing your new building. In particular, sheet metal is a very durable material with a service life approaching 100 years, meaning that it is an excellent material for buildings that need lasting protection from the elements without a need for a roof replacement any time soon.
On the other hand, roofing materials such as slate and ceramic tiles have a long and storied history in municipal buildings in the United States and abroad. Slate, in particular, has long been used for historically significant buildings in the Northeastern portion of the United States, such as the Rockefeller Mansion in Tarrytown, NY and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. This material is popular for municipal buildings designed to leave a lasting impact on visitors and residents alike.
Lastly, green roofing systems have become increasingly popular in municipal roofing design. These roofs are topped with a thin layer of soil upon which vegetation is planted. Additionally, these types of roofs usually have room for people to walk through and recreate. These are a great way to add outdoor green space, help your environment, and produce locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Steep-Slope vs. Flat Roofing
When it comes to municipal roof design, one of the most important questions to ask is what is most important: form or function? When designing busy, industrial buildings such as government warehouses, post offices, and other practical buildings that require a great deal of infrastructure and machines, the best option may be to go with a flat roof. A flat roof is allows a greater degree of flexibility in the future and can easily be modified if future fixtures such as air conditioning units, ventilation, or other electronics need to be installed.
On the other hand, steep-slope roofs are more commonly found on residential homes. However, a steep-slope roof with a striking material such as slate or ceramic may provide the sort of elegant look that a statehouse or courthouse demands. If your next construction project is going to be the sort of building that is designed to make a statement and serve as a symbol for your town or city, a steep-slope roof with a rare roofing material may be your best bet.
Century Roofing has decades of experience in the municipal roofing industry and is one of the most trusted contractors in the Chicago area. Reach out to a Century Roofing specialist today to learn more about successful municipal roofing projects completed in your area and to receive a free personalized quote.