Learning All About Roofing Materials

Learning All About Roofing Materials

Unique Architectural Features On Commercial Roofs And How To Get Them

Beverley Hall

If you were to research "roofs," you would find that there are twenty basic types. Any and all other kinds of roofs beyond these twenty are typically combinations of some of the basic twenty types. Yet, you have probably seen some very unique architectural roofs, either in the area in which you live, or in pictures of such buildings and their roofs from around the world. 

How on earth are some of these commercial roofs created? Could you get something similar, or perhaps equally as unique for your commercial building? It is highly possible, but the steps to acquiring a very unique commercial roof are greater in number and take longer to complete. Investigate further with the information that follows.

Strange but Iconic Roofs

The Crain Communications building in Chicago is one such building with a very unique architectural roof. The building itself is a diamond shape, which you would not be able to tell after walking inside it. You would think that its diamond shape was enough of an architectural wonder, but it is the roof that everyone recognizes and remembers. That is because the entire roof is glass, cut off at a sharp angle, as though someone chopped the top off of the building at around forty-five degrees. To really set it apart, there is a large slit in the middle from the top point down to the middle of the diamond shaped roof. 

Not to be outdone, the TWA terminal at JFK Airport in New York, New York is pretty spectacular. It appears to be a cross between domes and gull wings. The entire roof looks as though it is going to take off and soar away.

These examples show that unique roofs for commercial buildings are entirely possible. However, these roofs took some pretty ingenious moves to come to life. If you want a roof as fantastic as these, you have to start with a good architect and an incredible structural engineer.

The Architect

Your architect that you hire for this commercial roofing project will design your roof. He/she will present you with some concepts that you can either approve, deny, or request alterations for. The architect continues the design work until you get a design you really love. Then the architect has to meet with your structural engineer, or an in-house structural engineer within the architect's firm, to make sure such a design is structurally possible. 

The Structural Engineer

The structural engineer examines the design, loads it into his/her CAD computer, does multiple calculations, and then determines whether or not the roof can be built. If the roof can be built, it is up to the structural engineer to determine which materials will effectively support the design. Then the structural engineer creates the materials list and the building instructions that your commercial roofing contractor will need.

Hiring Your Roofing Contractor

Until the architect and structural engineer have made a fantastical design a reality, you cannot really hire a roofing contractor. Once they have done their jobs, you can request and receive bids from commercial roofing contractors for the project. Your requests for bids should include a mini-plan of the roof you want, as well as a supply list so that the roofing contractors can effectively create a bid for the job. 

You choose the bid that comes in at or below the expected construction and project costs. Depending on the level of difficulty of the roof, it may take a few months to several years to finish. If you want the roof faster and sooner than that, be sure to include this requirement in your requests for bids so that the contractors know that they are on a tight schedule to complete your unique commercial roof.

For more information, contact companies like Foam Experts Co.


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Hi, I'm Dwight Eberstark. I am crazy about all of the different types of roofing materials available today. While upgrading the roof on my home, I looked into the material options in great detail. I studied all of the different metal materials used to create modern shingles. I also looked into switching to asphalt, wood or tile shingles. I eventually settled on bronze shingles designed to last for decades. Instead of aging, the bronze finish just continues to improve. I also switched to metal gutters that make a beautiful sound when the rain falls onto the surface. I would like to share my passion for roofing materials through this site. Thank you for coming by. Visit again soon.