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Commercial Roof Repairs and Maintenance in Augusta, Ga

May , 2023 | 22 min. read

By Nicole Corson

RoofCrafters team performing commercial roof replacement

Welcome to Augusta, Georgia - the heart of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and the proud host of the iconic Masters' tournament. Much like the impeccable greens that put us on the global golfing map. Maintaining the integrity of your commercial property requires ongoing care and attention. The roof, being one of the most crucial parts of your establishment, is no exception.

In a city rich in history, your commercial roof should stand tall and unyielding against Georgia's crazy weather patterns. At RoofCrafters, we understand that your commercial property isn't just a building; it's an investment. A testament to the business you've built, the staff you house, and the customers you serve.

commercial roofing company tearing off a flat roof with the text teamwork on the image

Roof maintenance and repair might not be as exciting as sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at the Augusta National. But we're here to make it just as seamless. With 30 years of experience in Georgia, and the surrounding CSRA region. We are your experts in commercial roof repairs and maintenance. 

In this article, we'll cover:

  • The 3 different types of commercial roof structures
  • The 5 common types of commercial roof systems
  • The maintenance recommendations for each of the 5 roof types

Through this article, we aim to educate you about commercial roofing. By the end, you'll have a better understanding commercial roof systems. You'll also know the repairs and maintenance available for those systems. . Hopefully, we can help in preserving your commercial roof's lifespan.

Just as every hole at the Masters requires a unique strategy, every commercial roof is unique. Let's dive in and guide you toward a hole-in-one approach for your commercial roofing needs in Augusta, Georgia.


The 3 Types of Commercial Roof Construction


There are 3 main types of roof designs used in building a commercial roof structure. Each has its unique advantages and disadvantages.

  1. Commercial flat roof construction
  2. Low slope commercial construction
  3. Steep slope commercial construction

Commercial Flat Roof Construction in Augusta Ga


Commercial flat roof designs allows an engineer or an architect options. Mounting rooftop mechanical equipment and HVAC units are the most common. Also, it helps reduce the structural requirements that comes with steep-sloped construction. 

tapered insulation on a flat roof replacement

The newer roof systems require a commercial roofing contractor to slope the roof using tapered insulation. This helps to eliminate ponding water on the roof. Tapered insulation also provides the building with a higher R-value. Higher r-value will help make your building more energy-efficient. This tapered insulation is more expensive and will impact the cost of the roofing construction.

Low Slope Commercial Construction in Augusta


This is a roof the architect has designed the building so the roof has a slope built into the construction.. This slope creates positive drainage and allows the water to run off the rooftop. 

 Insulation being installed on a flat metal roof i

The downside to low slope construction is it's not always a good fit for some commercial roofing materials. For example, a low slope roof that has metal installed has rooftop equipment such as HVAC units or skylights, this is not the best option. Choosing an inferior roofing material will result in early roof leaks. A better roof system would not have as many maintenance issues. 

Steep Slope Commercial Construction in Augusta


This construction is identical to residential construction in Augusta. The popular construction types on steep slope commercial roofs are gable roofs or hip roofs. Gable and hip roofs on commercial buildings are constructed with metal or wood trusses. They can also be custom framed with wood framing material.

Here are popular roofing materials that get installed on commercial steep slope roofs: metal roofing types

  • Standing seam metal roofing
  • Screw-down metal roof systems 
  • Metal shingles
  • Spanish tile
  • Asphalt shingles


Now that you know the different types of commercial roof construction, let's go over the 5 top types of commercial roofing products.

Top 5 Commercial Roof Materials Installed in Augusta Georgia

  1. Single-ply roofing (TPO, PVC & EPDM roofing)
  2. Modified Bitumen (rubber roofing)
  3. Built-up roof (hot tar roofing)
  4. Metal Roofing (standing seam & screw-down panels)
  5. Asphalt shingles (upgraded & designer shingles)

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Single-Ply RoofS:  TPO, PVC & EPDM Roofing


Single-ply roofing is the most popular roofing materials used on commercial flat or low-sloped roofs in the CSRA. Single-ply roofing is available in different thicknesses. This helps provide options to help us meet your budget and roof lifespan needs.


With single-ply roofs, the higher the number, the thicker the product. The thicker the product the longer the manufacturer warranties their single-ply roofing.

Single-ply TPO and PVC roof is made up of 3 layers. A base layer, the scrim layer(reinforced woven fiber layer), and thickness over the scrim layer, which is the top layer. This top layer protects the scrim layer from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

EPDM commercial flat roof


An EPDM roof comes in a 45 or 60-mil thick membrane. The difference is the laps and flashings are glued or seam taped together instead of hot air welded like the TPO or PVC single-ply materials.


Advantages of Single-Ply Roofing


roofing crew installing TPO on a commercial building

The advantage of single-ply roofing is they come in white. Which makes them heat-reflective and energy-star rated. They’re also lightweight, fire-resistant, provide a high wind rating, and are resistant to chemicals. Which can be important in commercial and industrial roof applications. Single-ply roofs are easy to keep maintained and repairable.

Disadvantages of Single-Ply Roofs


roofer installing a roof drain on a flat roof

The disadvantages of single-ply roofs are they're not the most aesthetically pleasing roofing to look at. High foot traffic could pose a threat. If other contractors are not mindful when performing work on the roof. Dropping hand tools or screws and walking on them could puncture these roof systems.

Modified Bitumen Roofing


We'd say a modified bitumen roof is the second generation of commercial flat roofing. Built-up or hot tar is the 'old school' of the flat roofing world. We'll discuss that in the next section. Modified bitumen became popular because unlike the hot tar roof that requires setting up a hot tar kettle. Mod-bit does not. Heating asphalt onsite to over 500 degrees in a kettle next to your building is a full-time and extremely dangerous job. 

The roofing industry has slowly been moving away from hot tar roofing. Modified bitumen roofs can be installed with hot tar but the most popular installation methods are without the hot tar.  

torching mod-bit flat roof roll

Here are 4 main installation methods.

1. Hot tar applied

2. Cold tar applied

3. Torch applied

4. Self-adhered

Self-adhered has made installing modified bitumen roofs more popular for commercial buildings. Thus, the rise in Mod-Bit popularity has steadily increased.

Advantaged of Modified Bitumen Roofing


The advantages of Mod-bit roofs are they have multiple layers and having multiple layers can make them more durable. This increased durability can make the mod-bit a better choice for commercial roofs with high foot traffic.

Disadvantaged of Modified Bitumen Roofs


The disadvantages of Mod-bit with these multiple layers are the cost of the materials and the labor to install multiple layers is more expensive. Also performing repairs and maintenance on mod-bit roof systems can be more difficult, increasing the cost.

Built-Up Roof 


hot tar being mopped on a flat roof

A built-up roof can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. There are many variations or layers of fiberglass roofing materials that make up a built-up roof system.

Layering the materials is how it got its name. The roof is built-up by layering plies of fiberglass roofing. With hot tar mopped between each layer.  This is the short explanation of how it gets installed. The "basics" of a hot tar roof. 

It’s asphalt heated up to 500 degrees. Then we mop it directly on the roof deck or insulation. Yep, just like you'd mop a kitchen floor. And in-between mopping we roll out layers of fiberglass roofing while it's still hot. Many built-up roofs are done with 4, 5, or 6 layers of roofing.

roofer doing a repair to vents on a hot tar roof with rocks

The top layer is the most important layer when it comes to maintenance. It's what determines if it can be maintained or repaired successfully. Oftentimes the top layer is a flood coat of hot asphalt with rocks. The rocks are put in the tar while it is still 450 to 500 degrees. A hot tar roof with a rock finish makes for a challenging repair. Even for a very experienced roofer. But it can be done. If there's useful life left in the flat roof system.

modified bitumen flat roofing

It's more manageable to maintain or repair if it has a granule surface cap sheet or an asphalt flood coat as a top layer.  Either way, the existing materials on your roof in Augusta that requires maintenance will need some useful lifespan. That is for us to make any repairs that'll last any significant length of time.

Commercial Metal Roofing: Standing Seam & Screw-Down


Metal roofing is another popular roof for commercial buildings in Richmond County. There are 3 main types of metal roof systems:

  1. Standing seam
  2. Screw-down
  3. Metal shingles

Standing Seam Metal Roofing


Concealed Fastener being installed on standing seam metal roof

Standing seam is a concealed fastener metal roof system. Its provides the highest protection from extreme weather conditions. It also is the longest lasting commercial roofing and needs the least roof maintenance.

Advantages of Standing Seam Roofing


Standing seam metal on a commercial building

The advantages of the standing seam are their longevity. Installed correct they'll easily last for 50+ years. They provide the highest wind rating. They don't blow off or leak in severe wind storms. Standing seam metal looks great and adds value to most any commercial property. 


Disadvantages of Standing Seam Metal


close up of a standing seam metal roof

The disadvantages of standing seam are they cost more.  Because of the attachment method it takes longer to install, which increases the labor cost. Standing seam also requires a higher skill level to install the metal flashings correct.


Commercial Screw-Down Roofs in Augusta


screw down metal

A screw-down is a metal roof with an exposed fastener. Instead of the seam being connected together these roofs overlap each other. Because of this type of installation, all the fasteners are exposed. 


Advantages of Screw-Down Roofs


Commercial multi-family building with a galvalume screw-down metal roof

The advantages of the screw-down roofs are it's budget-friendly because it doesn't require the skill set of the standing seam system. It also will still boost curb appeal. Commercial investors in Augusta will often defer to this because it's more cost-effective in the short term.


Disadvantages of Screw-Down Roofing


Screws backing out a metal roof

The disadvantage is they require maintenance around the 5-8 year mark. All metal roofs expand and contract a lot. The thermal movement causes the exposed screws to come loose. The Georgia heat doesn't help! Also the rubber washers on the screws will dry rot over time and the screws will need to be replaced. 

Metal shingles

Metal Shingle Roofs 


blue-gray metal shingles on a 2-story hip and gable-style roof up close


Metal shingles are popular. They can be made to look like real wood shakes, real slate, and real Spanish tile roofing. All of the natural products require more maintenance than the metal shingles do. It's a popular choice for owners in Tampa Bay looking for longevity and to boost curb appeal.


3 Types of Metal Roofing Installed in Augusta GA


There are 3 types of metal roofing  materials that are commonly installed on businesses in the CSRA region. There are other metal options, but the 3 types listed below are all cost-effective. They offer a wide range of aesthetic looks, longevity, and budget-friendly price ranges.

Here are the 3 types:

  • Aluminum 
  • Steel
  • Galvalume

These metals are available in a standing seam or a screw-down profile.  They're also available in shingle, slate, wood, and tile metal profiles.

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Aluminum Metal Roof


Aluminum is one of our most energy-efficient metal roof materials. Aluminum metal comes in different thicknesses. For commercial roofing the .032 or .040 is most common. In some cases the .050 thickness is specified by an architect The higher the number the thicker the aluminum roof will be. 

standing seam 5

Aluminum comes in a mill finish or with a paint finish. Mill finish provides a raw metal look and it'll oxidize into a naturally raw metal finish. Aluminum comes in a wide variety of paint finishes. The paint finishes come with a 40-year paint warranty.  Some manufacturers even offer a 45-year paint finish warranty.

Steel Metal Roof 


Steel roofing is the most popular metal roofing used for commercial buildings. Steel metal is galvanized steel that's hot dipped or coated in a zinc coating. Steel is less costly and is efficient and as durable as any metal roofing materials. 

Commercial roofers installing a blue standing seam metal roof

The steel material is very popular for roofing and comes in 24 gauge, 26 gauge, and 29 gauge. Don't get fooled, unlike aluminum, the lower the number the thicker and stronger the steel roofing will be. 

4 of the most common steel roofing profile that is used on commercial properties:

  1. Standing seam metal panels (12”-18” wide panels, concealed fasteners)
  2. Interlocking steel shingles (slate or shake look, concealed fasteners)
  3. A 5-V crimp metal roof (2-foot wide panels, exposed fasteners)
  4. R-panels or multi-rib panels (3-foot wide panels, exposed fasteners)

up close photo of a red standing seam roof with a chimney and 2 sun-tunnel skylights

Steel is a corrosive metal and it requires a painted finish. Paint finish warranties range from 20 years to 45 years depending on the thickness, type of panel, and the manufacturer of the metal.

Steel metal roofing is very cost-effective and offers a wider range of prices depending on which profile you choose, the thickness of the metal, and the paint warranty available. 

Galvalume Metal Roofing


Galvalume metal roofing is also a metal that has a steel core and is coated with aluminum to prevent corrosion. Galvalume roofing is much like steel roofing and comes in the same thicknesses, 24 gauge, 26 gauge, or 29 gauge. It's also available in all 4 of the different panel profiles. 

long commercial trapezoid metal roof on a commercial building

The main difference, it comes as a mill finish metal. If you desire a paint finish, you'd go with steel. Being un-painted makes it slightly less expensive. It's also easier to work with because metal with a paint finish can get scratched during installation if not handled carefully. 

 Asphalt Roofing: Upgraded & Designer Shingles


Yes, even though shingles are popular on residential houses, there are definitely on mine. Well, asphalt shingles are also installed on commercial buildings. Because asphalt shingles are economical. 
brick house with designer shingles
The shingles we install on commercial buildings are not basic builder-grade shingles. The reason for this is that builder-grade shingles provide the least wind protection. They need replacing as early as 10-12 years. Builder-grade shingles also provide the least curb appeal. We mostly see builder-grade shingles on new construction houses.
Upgraded shingles or designer shingles are more popular in commercial buildings. They provide you with a higher wind protection, enhanced curb appeal. And upgraded shingles can last 25-35 years.
The disadvantage of shingles is they won't last as long as the metal roofing. And when it is time to replace the roof, it can be messy for a building with commercial use.

Yes, even though shingles are mainly used on residential homes in Augusta, they're probably on your home and they are definitely on mine. Well, it's also not uncommon for asphalt shingles to be installed on commercial buildings.

The shingles we install on commercial buildings are not the basic builder-grade shingle that is used on new construction homes. The reason for this is that builder-grade shingles offers the least wind protection and they require replacing as early as 10 to 12 years. Builder-grade shingles also provide the least curb appeal.

Designer Shingles

Upgraded shingles and designer shingles are most popular in commercial buildings. They provide you with greater wind protection, enhanced curb appeal, and upgraded shingles that can last 25 to 35 years. 

The disadvantage of shingles is they don't last as long as metal roofing and when it is time to replace the roof, it can be messy for a building with commercial use. 

What is the Best Roof Maintenance Plan for a Commercial Building in Augusta Georgia?


You have now learned the different types of construction and materials that we use on commercial roofs.  The maintenance for each of these different types will vary depending on 3 main factors:

  1. Type of roof construction
  2. Type of roof material
  3. Condition of existing roofing materials

If you have a steep slope roof, performing maintenance one time a year is generally recommended. If the building has gutters or any other special condition it'll increase to 2 times per year.

Depending on the roofing materials, a flat or low slope roof, we generally recommend having maintenance performed 2 to 3 times per year. If the roof has a lot of drains, through-wall scuppers, or rooftop mechanical equipment, we'll recommend 3 to 4 times per year.

roofcrafters commercial roof replacement

Other things to consider are the age of the existing roofing materials, tree coverage, and foot traffic on the roof. The older a commercial roof gets the more it will expand and contract due to thermal climate changes. Older roofs often need just a little more TLC to get the most out of them.

debris on a flat and shingle roof

Tree coverage and high foot traffic can impact the performance of your roof.  We often see building owners neglect their commercial flat roofing because they don’t see the roof. Drains and through-wall scuppers get clogged causing all kinds of roofing issues. And unfortunately, workers that service rooftop mechanical equipment drop tools or screws and then step on them.  This is why high foot traffic has to be accounted for when creating a solid maintenance plan for your commercial building.

RoofCrafters crew installing fully adhered TPO roof system

Now that you know more about commercial roofing. Understanding the maintenance should be as easy as that putt on the 18th green! 

How Much Does Commercial Roof Maintenance Cost in Augusta Ga?


Well depends!  What type of commercial building do you need roof maintenance on?

Here some other questions for you to consider:

  • Is it a steep slope roof with shingles or a metal roof? 
  • Or is it a low slope or a flat roof with a single-ply or modified bitumen roof system? 
  • What is the square footage of the roof?
  • How many drains, penetrations, or mechanical units is on the roof? 
  • What condition is the existing roofing system in? 

On average commercial roof maintenance in the CSRA costs between .15 cents per square foot to .30 cents per square foot. Roof maintenance on a 20,000-square-foot building. Would run between $3,000 and $6,000 depending on the specific factors of the building and the existing condition of the roof system.

Our team at RoofCrafters has been providing commercial roofing services in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida for 30 years. We'd love to send one of our expert commercial estimators out to inspect your roof. They'll provide you with pictures and a solution for your commercial roof maintenance. Click the button below to get started. 

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Nicole Corson

At RoofCrafters, our mission is to provide job opportunities for others to thrive and grow while making a meaningful impact within our communities.