What Are the Most Common Commercial Roofing Materials?

September 3, 2021

There are certainly plenty of roofing materials to choose from if you're a business owner looking at repair or replacement. The available options, as well as the importance of roofing to the physical location of a business, largely drives this $20 billion per year industry.

In the following article, we look at five of the most common roofing types. Consider them carefully, and decide which is right for your business.

Foam Roofing

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF), or a type of foam commercial roofing, is an excellent energy saver. At the same time, it's durable and can hold up well for decades of protection.

That said, the quality of foam roofing relies heavily on the team you have installing it. Its strengths are based on a careful reaction of chemicals. An unskilled application can result in quicker degradation over time.

Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofing is the easy way of saying ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM). Of the types of roofing available commercially, this one is inexpensive and can last as long as 20 years with proper care.

EPDM is limited in the types of colors available. This makes it somewhat dull to use if outside aesthetics are a must-have for your business. Furthermore, they are more prone to damages from weather events and trap heat more easily.

This might not be such a bad thing in cold environments. If you live in more temperate climates, however, it can tax your energy costs during the spring and summer.


Asphalt roofing options are often preferred by small businesses that like to control costs or even DIY. That's because asphalt is so easy to install. It can also last 10-15 years with proper care.

It's one of the less expensive options as well. If you're a startup looking for an external location, this can be a pretty great selling point to help you control costs more effectively.

Acrylic Coatings

Installing a roof using acrylic coatings could be preferable if you want your roof to last a long time and don't mind doing repairs as needed. In fact, acrylic is often a choice of businesses because it is so easy to repair.

That keeps you from having to do a full-scale replacement every 10-20 years. If you know what you're doing, it can even last for 50 years or more. Of course, those won't be maintenance-free years, so you'll want to speak to your roofing installation team ahead of time to weigh the costs of installation and maintenance versus replacement for other roofing types.


PVC roofs (polyvinyl chloride) are resistant to chemicals and last for decades. That's particularly true when it comes to low-slope and flat-roof designs. They do well in warmer weather conditions and offer a great deal of resistance to UV rays.

PVC seams are stronger than most, thanks to heat-welding in place of glues and other adhesives. These will deteriorate over time and create vulnerabilities for your roof as a whole in other roofing types. Not so with PVC!

These Commercial Roofing Materials Are Among the Most Popular

We hope this quick look at the five most common types of commercial roofing materials will give you a clearer idea as to which is best for your business. Weigh your options and budget before making a final decision, and make sure you hire a knowledgeable installation team before proceeding.

For more business and construction tips, check out some of our additional posts!


Carlos Diaz
I believe in making the impossible possible because there’s no fun in giving up. Travel, design, fashion and current trends in the field of industrial construction are topics that I enjoy writing about.

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