Choosing the right roof for a commercial property can be extremely challenging, especially if you’re new to the task. There are a wide variety of things to consider, such as cost, advantages, and ROI.

Typically, you will find a flat roof in most commercial establishments. There are various types of flat roofs that accommodate commercial properties. Ultimately, it’s up to you to make the best decision for your property.

Here are the most popular and ideal commercial roofing types you can choose from to eventually make your decision.

Metal Roofing

For any building with a roof slope that is larger than at least two inches, a commercial standing seam metal roof is a great choice. However, metal is quite different from most roofing materials for obvious reasons.

Metal roofs are normally difficult to install and can be pricey depending on the size of the building, ranging from $7 to $13 per square foot. Though, metal roofs can drive ROI, as they can last between 20 to 30 years.

Metal roofs are also extremely durable but are very vulnerable to leaks near the roof edges and seams.

TPO Roof

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a single-ply membrane that composes most commercial roofing systems across the United States. TPO roofs are relatively inexpensive, costing somewhere between $5.50 and $6.00 per square foot. These roofs can also last 10 to 20 years.

The white coating on these roofs can contribute to energy-efficiency that can result in lower energy bills. TPO roofs also require low maintenance and are welded with high heat to prevent leaks.

Modified Bitumen Roof

Compared to other roofing materials, this option is considered to be affordable for most consumers. Using an asphalt membrane as its base, this roof is vulnerable to blistering and cracking over time.

The lifespan for a typical modified bitumen roof is about 10 to 15 years. While the lifespan can be a disadvantage, the price can be attractive, ranging from $3-$6 per square foot.

PVC Roof

PVC is a very popular choice for most commercial buildings. PVC roofing is generally more expensive than its competitors and can cost $6.50 to $12.50 per square foot. Though, the structure is not prone to cracking and blistering like TPO roofs.

PVC roofs are also low maintenance and have a reflective white color that can lower your energy bills. Over time, PVC roofs can become worth the initial cost of installation.

Have You Made a Selection?

Do you need help making the right choice for your property? Have you made your choice and need a professional roofing company for the installation. Give us a call today at (864) 574-7638 to speak to a member of our team. You can also click here to learn more about our commercial roofing services.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you want to learn more about commercial roofs? If so, please refer to the following frequently asked questions for more information.


How do I choose a good commercial roofing contractor?


  • Checking online reviews, references, and asking for personal recommendations are all great ways to select the right commercial roofing contractor.


What are the different types of commercial roofs?


  • Metal, built-up roofing (BUR), garden green, PVC, TPO, thermoset (EPDM, modified bitumen are all of the different types of commercial roofing.


Why are commercial building roofs flat?


  • Commercial buildings have flat roofs because they are inexpensive to install. Roofers can easily mount flat roofs and walk around, which results in lower maintenance costs.


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