Common Commercial Roofing Materials and Roof Types

January 7, 2021

There are many different types of kinds of roofs that you will come across from a roofing contractor. The type of roof and roofing materials you have will determine the health of the building as a whole. Which is chosen depends on the preference and budget of the building owner. The longevity of the roof is also dependent on the materials being used. 

Of course, outside factors such as the weather of the area, foliage, animals, and the typical environment all play a part in how well the roof is able to hold up. This is why choosing a roofing material and type is so important. Having something that provides protection is essential.

Many commercial roofs usually have flat or low slopes on them, which is different from some of the higher or steeper roofs that you’d find on residential homes. There are six more common roof classifications that are used in commercial roofing. Here is more information on them.

Green Roofing

The most versatile roofing material around, green roofs are gaining more popularity. They protect and are sustainable, while also providing a beautiful look and maintaining the water that comes down. 

Built-Up Roofing Membrane

This is a tar and gravel roofing top that is built using multiple layers of this mix. This is the most cost-effective and you can choose the number of layers that work the best for your needs, while also fitting your budget. It is durable and protective. 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a popular roofing material for both residential and commercial structures. It comes in many metal types such as aluminum, copper, tin, lead, and others. They are one of the strongest methods of roofing. You can use multiple layers, but they can cost a bit more than other options. 

Thermoset Membrane

These provide long-lasting durability on top of the structures. They are also versatile and resistant to UV ray lighting that might heat up the materials. This roofing material has also been shown to lower electricity costs, as well.

Thermoplastic Membrane

These are lightweight roof types that are reflective, allowing the UV rays to bounce off the top and reduce heating and cooling costs. It has excellent weathering technology and the ability to resist a lot of rips, tears, and breaks that might otherwise happen. It is also resistant to high winds and fire.

Modified Bitumen

These are two-ply systems of bitumen and membranes. They work together to provide a protective layer on the structure. Maintenance is simple and they allow for a lot of foot traffic when this is something that might happen on your rooftop.

Speak with professional contractors who can provide more information on the roof and roofing materials that might be the best option for you to use. Visit to learn more about what is available. It is important to choose the best roofing material that works for you, your budget, and your structure. A professional can help with this.

Bourdeau Contracting LLC 

2902 N St Peters Pkwy 

St. Peters MO 63303 

(855) 570-4930

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