Commercial Roofing

Commercial flat roofs can be significantly more cost effective to build than pitched roofs or steep slope roofs because they require less material due to the fewer square feet to be covered.

If you own business or commercial properties, you already know how important it is to protect your investment. The roof is a major part of that investment and we guarantee our work to be the best. Whether it’s a major roof repair or a new installation, we will get the job done properly and quickly. It’s a standard we are passionate about upholding!

If you need a roofing company, let us show you why we’re the best in the business. Our commitment to excellence shines through in every job we do! Our commercial roofing services include:

  • New Building Construction
  • All Types of Roofing Repairs
  • Waterproofing
  • Preventative Treatment with Polyurethane Foam Spray
  • Tile Roofs
  • Metal Retrofits
  • Re-Roofing
  • Coatings

For more information about our commercial roofing services, call us today!

When we meet with future clients, they are usually comparing several types of roofing systems. We are always asked: What are the most popular types of commercial roofing? Which is better? Which is more reasonably priced? In this article, we will cover 5 types of commercial roofing.

At Valor Roofing & Restoration, we have been helping customers for a decade to choose the right roof for their building and their budget. We want everyone to feel empowered when they start getting quotes from their contractors.

5 Types Of Commercial Roofing

Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing

Commercial Roofing Cleveland

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is an eco-friendly roofing option for commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities.   Spray Polyurethane Foam, more commonly referred to as SPF, is a material that is sprayed as a liquid so it can expand into a foam, creating a solid layer across an existing roof.

While SPF roofing is not the most known type of roofing material, the technology has been around since the early 1960s for industrial, commercial, and residential facilities. An SPF roofing system can be used in any climate, and when correctly installed and maintained, can last over 50 years.

Spray Polyurethane Roofing Advantages

There are quite a few benefits of SPF roofing systems:

  • Energy Efficient – SPF delivers thermal, air, and moisture barriers to provide the highest R-value per inch.
  • Durable – The foam material can expand and contract with the building, decreasing the likelihood of cracks and splitting.
  • Seamless and Waterproof – The continuous solid surface does not require joints or seams, removing the most vulnerable area for leaking.
  • Environmentally Friendly – In most cases, there is minimal stripping of the original roof – eliminating the need for costly roof tear-offs and waste. The materials that are used for SPF roofing systems are also environmentally friendly: Zero Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP), Low in the Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Free from Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Ultra-Low Global Warming Potential (GWP).

Single-Ply Membrane Roofing

Single-Ply Membrane EPDM Installation

Single-Ply Membrane EPDM Installation

Single-Ply Membrane is a time-tested roofing option for commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities.   Single-Ply Membranes are sheets of rubber and other synthetics that can be ballasted, mechanically fastened or chemically adhered to insulation creating a layer of protection on your commercial facility.

While Single-Ply Membrane Roofing is one of the most well-known types of commercial roofing material, there are several types to fit your budget and facility needs.

Single-Ply Membrane Advantages

If properly installed and maintained, a commercial single-ply membrane roof can last 30 years. There are quite a few other benefits of single-ply membrane roofing systems:

  • Proven Track Record – EPDM roofing has been used for commercial flat roofing for over years. This amount of time on the market has allowed various laboratory and field studies to be performed and tracked.
  • Customer Choice of Insulation – Since single-ply membrane roofing does not include the insulation factor, as a customer you have more options to choose from to insulate your facility’s roof.
  • Class A Fire-Rated – TPO membranes and EPDM can achieve Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class A fire resistance listings by adding fire retardant chemicals during the manufacturing process.
  • Reflective or Retentive – TPO is generally white and highly reflective. On the other side of the spectrum, EPDM is often described as “Black Roofs,” due to the natural dark color of the membrane.

Metal Roofing

Metal Roof Restoration

Metal Roofing is one of the oldest commercial roofing systems on the market. Most metal roofing systems use corrugated galvanized steel, although other materials such as aluminum or tin can also be used.

Since metal roofing material is rather light in weight, it can be installed right on top of the existing roof. After a metal roofing system is installed, a coating can be added for waterproofing, rust protection, and UV protection.

Metal Roofing Advantages

If properly installed and maintained, a commercial metal roof can last 40 years. There are quite a few other benefits of metal roofing systems:

  • Design – Variety of material and color choices.
  • Stability – Ability to hold up to high winds and snow.
  • Energy Efficient – Sheet metal can be made from recycled material.
  • Fire Resistance – Metal panels are less prone to fire damage and do not promulgate fire events.

Shingle Roofing

Commercial Roofing on Church

Shingle roofing is mostly known for homes and residential roofing, but shingles are very often used for steep slope commercial roofing applications.   Shingles can be made out of a few different materials, including wood, slate, metal, plastic, ceramic and composite material such as asphalt. There are two main types of shingles: Asphalt and Architectural.

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

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

Shingle Roofing Advantages

Some benefits of commercial shingle roofing include:

  • Design – Wide variety of colors and designs
  • Durable – Some types of shingles are class IV hail rated
  • Easy Repair – Easy to spot and repair small areas of damage

Built-Up Roofing

Tar and Gravel Roofing

Tar and Gravel Roofing

Built-Up Roofing Systems have been in use in the U.S. for over 100 years.   These roof systems are commonly referred to as “tar and gravel” roofs. Built-up systems are installed by alternating layers of asphalt or tar and supporting fabrics directly onto the roof.   You can choose the number of layers (or plies) that are installed. The final layer of a built-up roofing system consists of stone or gravel.

Built-Up Roofing Advantages

If properly installed and maintained, a commercial built-up roof can last 40 years. There are a few other benefits of built-up roofing systems:

  • Seamless and Waterproof – The continuous solid surface does not require joints or seams, removing the most vulnerable area for leaking.
  • UV Rays – provides ultra-violet protection.
  • Low- maintenance – Minimal upkeep needed after installation.

As you can see, there are a lot of choices when looking into a new commercial roof. Each of the 5 types of commercial roofing has their benefits and drawbacks, choosing which one is best comes down to a customer-by-customer basis.


Valor Roofing & Restoration installs sustainable and efficient roofing systems for commercial, industrial, manufacturing and municipal buildings. In over 40 years, we have installed over 60,000,000 square feet of commercial roofing, and our expert team is ready to help you.

If you are looking for maintenance, repair or replacement of your facilities roof, fill out our quote form for your free no-obligation commercial roof quote from our team of experts.

*Reported costs are not quotes, they are approximate costs. Please contact Valor Roofing & Restoration to request a quote and proposal for your roof.