Three Kinds Of Commercial Roofs You Can Use For Your Business

Posted on: 8 December 2020

If you are planning to open a physical storefront or another business facility, or need a new roof for an existing storefront, then you need commercial roofs (and commercial roofers to go with). Commercial buildings have more options than residential ones, and while you can use non-flat, slanted options for your roof, you can also choose a flat sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) roof as well as tar and gravel roofs.

SPF Roofs

Sprayed polyurethane foam roofs are a type of roof where a mixture is sprayed on top of a roof, which then expands and adheres to the roof, creating a foam exterior. This allows the building to be protected from the elements and rainwater while also providing a level of insulation. This type of commercial roofing is flat, so if your area experiences a lot of rain and snow, then it may not be the best option. Otherwise, this type of roof can be a great option for commercial buildings that need to look more aesthetically pleasing than what other flat roofs offer, such as tar and gravel roofs.

Tar And Gravel Roofs

Another option for those wanting flat roofs for their commercial building but want a more practical, less aesthetic option is a tar and gravel roof. These roofs are made up of a flat tar substrate, and gravel is layered on top of the roof for protection, weight, and insulation. This option is one of many "built-up roof" options that commercial building owners and managers have, and it's generally easy to maintain. Tar and gravel roofs can have the lower layers patched to prevent or stop any leakage that occurs. As a flat roof, this option may not work well for buildings in wet areas, but it's a practical solution for many commercial buildings.

Non-Flat Options

Finally, commercial buildings can always use the same slanted options available to most residential homeowners for their roofs if needed. For example, business owners that live in wet areas and do not want to install a drainage system can invest in asphalt or clay tiles, metal roofs, or even plastic roofs made to look like non-plastic materials. Asphalt and clay tiles are generally the least expensive option, while metal roofs are typically more expensive but last the longest. These roofs may still require a commercial roofer or roofing contractor, especially if there are any complicating elements such as the roof being particularly large or having a strange shape.

There are many options that a business owner or property manager can choose from when picking a roof. Commercial options are frequently flat and include SPF roofs and built-up roofs such as tar and gravel. Finally, asphalt tile and other typically slanted options are still available. Make sure to contact a commercial roofing team near you to discuss the best roofing material for your needs.