A guide to four commercial roofing types

Posted By  rcc_admin  |  August 16, 2022

Commercial roofs come in many different types and materials. While there are many considerations in choosing the roofing material type, such as the durability of the material, your budget, and weather conditions, the most important factor is how it will help to contribute to the overall health of the commercial building.

In this article, we will break down some of the most common commercial roof types to help you determine which roofing is best so that your building will enjoy years of protection.


Metal roofing is the oldest commercial roofing type and one of the most common as well. Most modern metal roofing types utilize corrugated galvanized steel, although other popular metals include aluminum or tin. There are many different types of metal coating for business owners to choose from such as copper and stone-coated steel.

Moreover, most metal roofings have multiple protective layers to protect them from prolonged sunlight exposure and other environmental conditions. Some of the benefits of metal roofing include a durable and strong roof compared to traditional materials, along with a more sustainable design and an attractive look. Most metal roofings have a lifespan of 40 to 60 years.

Built-Up Roofing

Built-up roofings are another popular roofing type with a lifespan of 20 years or more if cared for properly. The roofing is made by alternating and building up layers of gravel and tar. The number of layers also affects the durability of the roofing, with more layers contributing to the durability of the roofing but also more expensive. Built-up roofing is inexpensive, easy to repair, UV-resistant, and can be coated to reflect heat.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing

Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing (SPF), is environmentally friendly and a common roofing type for industrial, commercial, or manufacturing facilities. It starts as a liquid spray which when sprayed, expands into a foam that gradually hardens into a solid. An SPF roofing can add an insulating factor when sprayed on top of another roofing material, and also waterproof it.

It is suitable for use in any environmental condition or climate and has a lifespan of up to 50 years when maintained properly. It is also energy efficient and the roofing can easily be recoated upon expiry of the warranty.

Thermoplastic Roof Membrane

Thermoplastic commercial roofs are highly reflective, lightweight, and excellent for most weather conditions. They are also resistant to UV light, punctures, tears, and most chemicals.

They can also reflect heat and have a high-temperature tolerance, making them common as a roofing material for restaurants and industries which emits fat and oil from the ventilation system. Other benefits include fire and wind resistance.

Commercial Roofing Contractor

Reynolds Construction Company is a highly experienced roof contractor which provides commercial roof installation services and has a proven performance and quality record. We have various roofing materials and products such as metal retrofits, Duro-Tuff membrane, Duro-Fleece membrane, and many more.


Why choose Roof Core Cut

Core cut analysis is a critical step in helping to determine and recommend a new roof system. Without accurate information, a professional roofing contractor cannot offer accurate pricing.

Basing price on assumptions without confirming accurate information leaves the contractor and customer open to a project where a contractor may cut corners to remain whole on the project or change order the customer for the difference.

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