How To Understand Your Commercial Roof Material Choices

How to Understand Your Commercial Roof Choices

Commercial roofs vary in many ways from residential roofs. When looking for the right material to cover your commercial building, consider the cost, durability, and flexibility of your top options. Most commercial roofs are also either flat or almost flat, making it critical for you to make the right choices when it comes to material.

The good news is you can work with a quality roofing contractor to ensure you receive a durable roof for your property. But which is the best roofing material to use? Consider the following commercial roof material types.

Thermoplastics (PVC and TPO)

Thermoplastic roofs are an excellent option for commercial premises such as restaurants, kitchens, culinary centers, and food production industries. This is because thermoplastic is a durable material that resists UV damage, chemical damage, and bacterial growth.

Thermoplastic roofs mainly come in the form of TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) and PVC (PolyVinyl Chloride). Both options provide your roof with excellent resistance to oils, fats, and other materials which may be released via your ventilation system. This is why many food preparation and service locations tend to prefer PVC as their material of choice. Because PVC is also cost-effective and weather-resistant, it can be used in many other commercial premises.  


Metal roofs are a useful choice for many commercial buildings. If you’re looking for a roof that will last for many years, withstand strong rains/heavy winds, and provide excellent insulation, then metal roofs could be your best choice.

Metal roofs are made from galvanized steel, copper, or aluminum shingles. You may recognize commercial metal roofs from ancient Roman structures, but they’ve evolved over time to fit onto low-sloping commercial roofs.

Modified Bitumen

Also referred to as “mod bit”, modified bitumen consists of fabricated asphalt which has been infused with rubber for additional strength and flexibility. Bitumen exists as a sticky, viscous liquid with thermoplastic qualities. When applied to your commercial roof it adds strength, durability, and resistance to foot traffic.

Modified bitumen is an excellent choice for flat roofs where you expect people to walk on, park cars, or otherwise use on a frequent basis.


Thermoset roofs are easy to install, repair, and maintain over time. They’re also commonly referred to as EPDM roofs and are made from single-ply rubber. You may prefer EDPM if your commercial roof is flat, exposed to harsh weather conditions, and undergoes heavy use. EPDM roofs are known for their resistance to UV light, acidity, and temperature fluctuations.   

If you need guidance with choosing commercial roof material types, RoofTek® Roofing Solutions can help. We specialize in many different materials, including TPO, EPDM, PVC, and MB.

Whether your Utah roof is flat, slightly sloping, or steep, you can count on RoofTek® to install the best option for your premises. Contact us today.

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