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What is commercial roofing?


Commercial roofing is material that is used to seal roofs on commercial structures, so they’re well protected from storms and the elements. It’s also become popular with homeowners in recent years, thanks to its durability and versatility. And, it’s lightweight meaning it requires minimal maintenance and upkeep. 

Commercial roofing is also an economical option. It conserves energy in homes and commercial structures by keeping temperature low indoors, so HVAC systems experience less wear and tear. And, when built properly and well-maintained, commercial roofing will last decades.

Types of Commercial Roofing

Let’s take a look at the most common classifications of commercials roofs and the roofing materials used to create them.


Built-up roofing, or “BUR”, is your standard tar-and-gravel roof. This is a flexible roof type as the number of layers can be varied to help control costs. It’s a very old low-slope roof system, and is one of the most cost-effective, robust roofing types available.


Metal roofing is a very popular commercial roof type because there are so many different kinds of metal materials available for use in such a roofing system, including:

  • Corrugated galvanized steel

  • Aggregates of zinc, aluminum, and silicon-coated steel

  • Metal tile sheets

  • Copper

  • Aluminum

  • Stainless steel

  • Stone-coated steel

  • Tin

  • And lead


Since metal is susceptible to rusting, protective surface layers are added to manage damage from prolonged exposure to sunlight and other environmental dangers. It’s also aesthetically attractive and helps create a more sustainable design for your building.


Reinforced roof fabrics are applied to act as “carriers” for bitumen, which is later cut and installed in layers similar to BUR membranes. These roofing systems are generally fastened to commercial rooftops as two-ply systems, adhered to the roofing deck for maximum stability and protection.

Maintenance of modified bitumen roofs are simple and can typically be handled with annual inspections and cleaning.


Also known as EPDM roofing, Thermoset roof system offer long-lasting durability and versatility, paired with a simple installation and ease of maintenance/repair when compared to most other commercial roof types. EPDM boasts a strong resistance to ultraviolet light and ozone and is constructed from a single-ply rubber material.


Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing systems are lightweight, highly reflective, and provide excellent weathering and resistance to UV light, punctures/tears, and most chemicals, including oils, animal fats, and bacterial growth, making it popular with restaurants and other businesses that emit oils and fats from their ventilation systems.


Green roofs are the most versatile type of commercial roofing solution. They’re a truly sustainable option for commercial properties and businesses. Their key advantage is their ability to protect commercial buildings from the elements while simultaneously managing water, drainage, and improving energy efficiency.