Commercial roofing comes in many forms. Some commercial properties might be located in an older building or a downtown area and have shingles similar to a residential home. Other commercial roofs are flat and require a specific type of roofing product. We will cover the more common types of commercial applications below.
There are several types of commercial roofs, each with their own unique characteristics and benefits. Some common types of commercial roofs include:
- Flat Roofs: This is the most common type of commercial roof, and is typically made of asphalt, tar, or rubber. Flat roofs are easy to install and maintain, and can be used on a wide range of commercial buildings.
- Built-Up Roofs (BUR): This type of roof is made up of multiple layers of asphalt and roofing felt, and is often used on flat or low-sloped commercial roofs. Built-up roofs are durable and long-lasting, but can be heavy and may require additional structural support.
- Modified Bitumen Roofs: Similar to built-up roofs, modified bitumen roofs are made of multiple layers of asphalt and roofing felt. However, modified bitumen roofs are typically reinforced with a layer of polyester or fiberglass, which makes them more flexible and resistant to damage from the sun and weather.
- Single-Ply Roofs: This type of roof is made of a single layer of material, such as PVC or TPO, and is typically used on flat or low-sloped commercial roofs. Single-ply roofs are lightweight, easy to install, and resistant to damage from the sun and weather.
- Metal Roofs: This type of roof is made of metal, such as steel or aluminum, and is often used on commercial buildings that require a durable and long-lasting roof. Metal roofs are resistant to fire, wind, and weather, and can also be reflective to help reduce energy costs.
- Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Roofs: This type of roof is made of a foam insulation that is sprayed onto the roof deck. SPF roofs are durable and energy-efficient, and can also be used to create a flat roof.