Four Most Common Types Of Commercial Roofing

Four Most Common Types Of Commercial Roofing

22 October 2020
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When it comes to your business, every penny counts. Whether that's trying to make the most of inventory or making sure that your building lasts as long as possible, it's important to make decisions that not only will improve your business but make sense for your bottom line as well.

One of the decisions that you'll have to make in regards to your building is what type of commercial roofing to put on. Fortunately, there are a whole bunch of different types of materials in the market, each with their own unique sets of benefits. Below are some of the most common; if you have any more questions about what type of roof is perfect for you, contact your local roofer.

Built-Up Roofing

One of the most popular forms of commercial roofing on the market today is built-up roofing, or BUR. Instead of a single roof, BUR is sprayed over an under-structure in a series of layers to provide superior durability at an inexpensive price. Any time the roof is damaged, repairs are relatively quick because you can simply spray a new layer on top of it. You also have the added benefits of heat deflection, which will allow your building to not have spent so much on cooling costs during the summer.

Metal Roofing

For decades, commercial structures have relied on metal roofing to protect them against the elements. It's extremely durable, very easy to install, and lasts a long time, but the downside has always been the aesthetic appeal. Fortunately, newer technologies have allowed metal commercial roofing to be coated in different colors and textures, so you're able to achieve the look that you want at a modest price.


If you're wanting to truly "go green," you can now install an eco-friendly roof on your business. First, a thin membrane layer is sprayed down, and then plants and seeds are stationed around the roof to resemble a garden. While the look is interesting, it also allows for more usable space and better air quality, as well as improved drainage systems. Although these types of roofs require more maintenance than other commercial roofing materials, green roofs may also allow for your business to receive certain tax breaks as well.


Although spray-on roofing has been around for decades, it's only recently begun to become popular with businesses as they're thinking about ways to not only save money on energy costs but also last a long time as well. Spray-on foam is originally liquid which, when sprayed onto the roof, expands into a solid layer of commercial roofing that is not only waterproof but low maintenance too. 

For more information on commercial roofing materials, reach out to a local roofer.