Commercial roofing is one of the most important aspects of building development and maintenance. Your commercial property needs a sturdy, long-lasting roof that will stand the test of time. Read more about the different types of roofs to suit your needs below.

Single-ply Membrane

As its name implies, single-ply membrane is created from a single layer of material, either EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), or TPO (Thermoplastic Polyoefin). This type of roofing has a lower slope, is less expensive to build, performs well under a variety of weather conditions, is easy to install, and is lightweight. Since it is generally thinner than other roof types, it can be easily punctured, has a shorter lifespan, and can cause issues with water retention in the future. These types of roofs generally last 20-30 years.

Built-up Roof Systems

These types of roofs consist of alternating layers of bitumen and supporting fabrics directly onto the roof to create a finished membrane. It sounds complex, but this is one of the most common roofing types and has been around for ~100 years. Built up roofs are better for waterproofing, provide UV light protection, last a long time, and are low cost to maintain. They can be more expensive to build, though, and can still be susceptible to wind and water damage.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is one of the oldest types of roofs. Metal roofs are usually made from galvanized steel, tin, or aluminum. This roof type is still widely popular today, thanks to its durability, sturdiness, and low environmental impact. Cons include noisiness and high cost.

Shingle Roofing

This is more often used for residential roofing, but can be used for commercial roofing as well. Shingles are most well-known for being made of asphalt, but can also be made from wood, slate, metal, plastic, and ceramic. These are quite inexpensive to build and are easy to install and replace, but are not as durable as other roof types and are more vulnerable to weather conditions.

Architectural Metal

Architectural metal roofing is designed to work with the architecture of the building and shed water efficiently. It is highly energy efficient thanks to solar reflectivity and emittance, is lightweight, easy to install, and highly durable. It also comes in a variety of colors and seam profiles, allowing for a highly customizable appearance for your building. Depending on the material, these may not be as long-lasting and could be more expensive than other roofing options.

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