Best Roofing Materials for Commercial Roofs


Commercial roofing has some significant differences from residential roofing. Most businesses are by nature much larger than single-family homes, so a commercial roof protects much more square footage. Most commercial roofs tend to either have a low slope or be completely flat, so the design is much different.

Your business might also plan to house equipment or heating and cooling units on the roof, and that changes the amount of weight your roof needs to support. As a business owner, you have a duty of care to your customers, so your roofing material choice impacts liability.

Your commercial roofing choice is a big investment. Let’s look at some of the best options for commercial roofing material.

Thermoplastic Roof Membrane

A Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) or PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) commercial roof is lightweight, reflects UV rays and resists weathering and punctures. This type of roofing can be applied as a second-generation application. Roofing contractors fasten it directly to your roof deck or use adhesives to attach.

Thermoplastic roofing can be an excellent choice, but only if you choose it from a reputable manufacturer. Some makers sell poor quality materials. Advantage Roofing only installs the highest quality products from nationally respected providers.

Rubber Roofing/EPDM

Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofing is one of the most inexpensive choices available, so it’s a popular choice. EPDM roofing is also known as a Thermoset roof membrane. It’s lightweight and lasts up to 20 years when properly installed. They’re black, so they do absorb heat, which can be a drawback during Texas summers. You can install them in lighter colors, but that will impact cost. They also can be punctured by hail, foot traffic or falling branches.

Built-Up Roofing Membrane

Many businesses in Dallas, Longview and Tyler Texas have built-up roofing or BUR. They’re made from multiple layers of tar and gravel. For low-slope roofs, they can be one of the most affordable and durable types of roofing.

Metal Roofing

This is a popular choice for commercial roofing for it’s durability and looks. Metal roofing for commercial buildings comes in corrugated galvanized steel, metal tile sheets and aluminum. It can look pretty much any way you want it to, with options that mimic other roofing materials. Metal roofs have a strong fire resistance rating, but they’re also more expensive than other choices.

Free Commercial Roof Analysis

If you’re considering your options, it often helps to talk to a professional. Advantage Roofing provides free roof evaluations, then we can sit down and talk about your goals and budget. Schedule an appointment online or call us at (866)454-7882.