Commercial Roofing

Commercial Roofing Solutions

When comparing different types of Commercial Roofing Systems people often ask their roofing contractors, what is available for my situation? What types of commercial roofing are best for me? How do the different types compare on pricing? 


At America’s Choice, our experts will help you decide the best roofing option, the right roofing installation and over all the roofing solutions that work best for you and your budget. 


Let’s take a look at the 5 types of commercial roofing solutions, their advantages, short falls, and costs. 


Single-Ply Membrane Roofing


Single-Ply Roof Membranes, EPDM or TPO, are the most common and well-known types of commercial roofing materials. This roofing material has stood the test of time for industrial and commercial installations. Typically the membrane is fastened to foam or other insulation underlayment. 

Property Managers can expect to invest between $4.50 and $6.50 per foot. A properly installed EPDM or TPO Roof should last up to 30 years. 

Other advantages and benefits include:

·        EPDM Roofing is a dark colored roof while TPO is white. 

·        Class A Fire Rating by Underwriters Laboratories is achieved by adding fire retardants in the manufacturing processes. A class A rating is the best for fire resistance.

·        Insulation is an option with membrane roofing to add a layer of protection. 


Built-Up Roofing


A built-up roofing system is most commonly called “tar and gravel, or asphalt and gravel.” This type of roofing is layered with the final layer being the stone coating or the gravel. With a Built-up roofing system several layers can be applied. 

Cost can vary with a built-up system depending on the number of layers installed and the material used. With the average commercial roof a property owner can spend as much as $9 per square foot and can expect a life span of 40 years. 

Some other Advantages 

·        Low-maintenance, There is very little to maintain or upkeep after the roof is installed. 

·        Waterproof, the solid surface is one piece, eliminating the seams, joints or otherwise areas prone to leaking. 

·        Reflective, built-up roofing systems are reflective, providing excellent protection against sun damage. 


Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing


Or SPF is a roofing material or technology that is perfectly suited to large commercial and residential properties. Spray Polyurethane Foam is literally just that. It is foam that is sprayed onto the existing roof in its liquid form forming a solid layer over the roof. It can either be covered with a membrane or left the way it is with an expected life span of over 50 years. 

The cost range of an average foam thickness and building structure is $6 to $7 per square foot. 

The advantages of Spray Foam Roofing Systems are: 

·        Energy Efficient – Optional insulation barriers to provide the highest R-value per inch.

·        Durable – The foam material reduces the likelihood of roof leaks.

·        Waterproof – Solid foam surface protects the most vulnerable areas from leaking. 


Metal Roofing


Metal Roofing is a standard for roofing companies in in the commercial roofing market. Most metal roofing systems use corrugated galvanized steel. Metal Roofing can be installed right over the top of the existing roof. With a metal roofing system installed, foam or SPF can be added for waterproofing, rust protection, and UV protection.

For an average commercial roof, a building owner or property manager will invest up to $10 per square foot in materials and labor. Your commercial metal roof will last 40 years. 


Shingle Roofing


There are two main types of shingles: Architectural an Asphalt 

Architectural Shingles: multi-layered and heavier to add durability and weatherproofing to the building. Often comes with “lifetime” warranties.

Asphalt Shingles: most common, cost-effective shingle on the market used for residential and commercial roofing applications. These roof systems often come with 15 – 30-year warranties on average.

5 types of commercial roofing systems
5 types of commercial roofing systems

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