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Resilient Roofs: What They Are and Why They Are Important

FiberTite Resilient Roofs
January 29, 2020

By Steve Kuhel, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Roofing Systems, FiberTite.

Resiliency. It’s a term you’re likely to hear more and more these days as it pertains to buildings and building envelopes. But now it’s time to ask some key questions.

What Is Resiliency?

For roofing systems, resiliency means protecting a building’s ability to remain fully operational despite severe weather events, environmental contamination, and man-made wear and tear.

There are critical businesses where a failure in their roof system is not an option.

  • Florida hospitals and critical care facilities must stay secure during the next hurricane threat.

  • Food processing facilities cannot have contamination from outside their plants.

  • Data centers cannot have water near their electronic data storage towers.

What Does a Resilient Roof Protect Against?

Durability has always been an essential aspect of roofing; however, extreme weather events are becoming more and more common: severe hail storms, hurricanes, and fast-moving wildfires.

In addition, the ambient environment often adds contaminants on a daily basis that building owners may not even be aware of. Think fuel emissions, food processing byproducts, exposure from UV rays, and more. For these reasons, a resilient roof system protects in the following ways:

  • UV Protection

  • Puncture Resistance

  • Chemical Resistance

  • Wind Uplift Protection

What Is the Value of a Resilient Roofing System?

An FM Global survey asked business leaders about the effects of critical equipment failure with their company. 75% of those surveyed said it would take months to recover from a critical equipment failure, and 14% said it would take years to recover.

A building or equipment recovery does not only apply to the cost of repairs, but it also includes a detrimental decline in:

  • Revenue/Earnings

  • Share Value

  • Brand Reputation

  • Shareholder Confidence

  • Employee Retention

Do you trust your building to endure what nature throws at your roof? You can read more about Roof Resiliency, including detailed explanations of resilient roof protection, at FiberTite.com/blog.



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