3 Reasons Why it’s Crucial to Have a Robust Roof on Data Centers

Dalton Ulm on Jan 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Data Centers Food processing and data center industries provide a huge demand for durable and reliable roofing systems. These industries face extensive threats when it comes to building maintenance, sanitation and safety—many of which can be prevented with the right roofing system and installment. In part two of this blog series, we discuss the Three Biggest Concerns for Food Processing Facilities When it Comes to Roofing. Today, we're talking about data centers and the importance of the right roof structure. With more than 35+ years of experience, FiberTite has proven that performance speaks for itself and has a reputation to back it up.

From Big Data to Small Ingredients:

Why Roofing is Relevant

1. Temperature and Humidity Sensitivity

Due to data center equipment’s high temperature and humidity sensitivity, it is important that the facilities invest in a roof that protects from moisture build up and harsh UV rays. Maintaining the temperature and humidity within these facilities can be difficult and costly.

Many data centers are seeking redundancy when it comes to their roofing specifications. FiberTite’s Hybrid Multi-Ply roofing systems utilize the FiberTite membrane as the cap sheet along with FiberTite SBS Modified Bitumen base sheets. This hybrid membrane provides superior protection from severe environmental conditions and penetration resistance.

2. Water Damage Prevention

From light rain to severe winter weather, roofing systems must be able to endure any adverse conditions—especially when they are covering hundreds to thousands of computer servers and other expensive technologies. Data centers in particular, require a roof system that prevents standing pools of water that ultimately cause water damage.

Pooling and standing water can be detrimental to a roof’s durability and longevity, but with FiberTite’s uniquely designed, high-fiber membranes, water damage is preventable and protected. FiberTite’s membranes are equipped with the industry’s heaviest base fabric layer that ensures superior puncture and tear resistance to prevent water damage.

3. Protecting the Equipment

Data centers house millions of dollars’ worth of servers, high-tech processors and cooling equipment. This machinery requires a considerable amount of upkeep and maintenance to make sure they are meeting efficiency standards and functioning properly. The average cost of data center downtime is nearly $9,000 per minute, which makes protecting this collateral imperative.

In order to protect these facilities’ equipment, many data centers rely on a multi-ply roofing system to ensure optimal strength and stability. FiberTite is the only four layer, monolithic membrane in the industry that includes an extra step adhesive, a high performance back coat and a face coat with a KEE Elvaloy membrane. Compared to traditional multi-layer laminated membranes, FiberTite’s unique combination of components provide the optimal formula for a long-lasting roof.

Do you have experience with industries that require quality roofing to ensure proper building maintenance, sanitation and safety? Tell us about it in the comments!

This blog post was written by a Seaman Corporation intern, Dalton Ulm. Dalton is a Public Relations and Strategic Communications major at Miami University. Learn more about Dalton and his work. 

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