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The 10 Most Common Commercial Roof Systems And Materials

1-14-2021 | Josh Steinrock
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The 10 Most Common Commercial Roof Systems And Materials

There are many different commercial roof types for you to choose for your building, and each has its own benefits. Every commercial roofing application requires expert planning and material consideration but this article outlines the most common roofing types and what they are good for.


Metal Wall Panels

Wall panels provide a modern look, insulation and are maintenance free. From universities to hotels, religious institutions to office buildings, metal wall panel systems help meet a variety of building design and performance needs.

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BUR & Modified Bitumen

Built-up roofing and modified bitumen roofing systems are some of the most durable, dependable and proven low-sloped commercial roofing systems that exist. If you are looking for tough and dependable roof, one of these roofing systems is for you.

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A well-done coating will protect your investment, but coatings should not be used in place of a new commercial roofing system. It's important to look at the cost of a coating over a 20 year period to determine if it's worth it.

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EPDM (Rubber)

EPDM is tough, durable, waterproof, and easy to repair if the membrane is punctured. Commercial EPDM roofing systems are one of the most popular roofs for both new and reroofing applications, and have a proven track record.

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Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are an excellent choice for commercial applications. Not only are they energy efficient and environmentally friendly, but maintenance is very affordable.

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When used in the right type of commercial application, shingles can provide a long-term barrier from the weather while enhancing the curb appeal of a commercial building. They're also very economical.

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Slate is a tried-and-true roofing solution. Not only does it come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, it has a proven track record of standing the test of time.

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Spray Polyurethane Foam

Spray roofing at the surface seems great – a quick roofing job that insulates well. However, there are several other factors to consider before choosing this type of roof.

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Single ply roofing systems such as TPO and PVC membranes are a great option if you want an economical and reflective commercial roofing system. TPO and PVC roofing membranes offer a wide variety of applications and roofing system configurations.

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Tile roofing beautifies a commercial building in a way that no other product can. With modern innovations, concrete and clay roof tile manufacturers can produce tiles to suit any architectural style, from authentic Spanish and Mediterranean to New England Colonial, historic, or contemporary designs.

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Commercial Green and Vegetative Roofing

Vegetative roofs go above and beyond the duties of a traditional roof, absorbing rainwater, creating a habitat for wildlife, increasing benevolence, decreasing stress of the people around the roof and lowering urban air temperatures.

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Still not sure what commercial roof type is right for your building? Not a problem. We are here to help! Please contact us and we will help guide you to the roof type that is right for your building or facility.

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Josh Steinrock

Josh Steinrock | Vice President

At the age of twelve Josh Steinrock started working in his grandfather's sheet metal shop learning the craftsmanship of roofing and sheet metal work. Being groomed to become the leader of a fourth generation company--a company founded on basic principles of hard work and high quality craftsmanship--Josh has aspired with his father to growing American Roofing into one of the largest roofing companies in the state.