Roofing Material Comparisons

Are you looking to repair your roofing or potentially replace it this summer? If so, MaintenX can help you choose the right materials for a seamless installation experience. We specialize in roofing installation and repair and are familiar with many types of commercial roofing materials for all facility types. Choosing the right materials is the first step for a successful roofing replacement. 


Commercial roofing materials are built for different purposes. Some are made to withstand hurricane-force winds, which is important for waterfront or coastal properties. However, others are made for energy savings, which can be beneficial if you run a large facility and want to reduce costs. The MaintenX team will listen to your needs and help you choose the right roofing based on your specific criteria. 


Below are some of the most popular materials for commercial roofing along with their pros and cons: 


Asphalt roofing

Asphalt is a very common roofing material. It can be rolled or installed in shingles and is one of the most affordable options for commercial facilities. While shingles can be easily replaced, rolled asphalt can be more tricky to install and maintain. This is also not the most durable roofing option — you can expect to replace commercial asphalt roofing every 10-15 years or sooner if you do not maintain it properly. 


EPDM Rubber

Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) is a rubber roofing material that is very popular for flat commercial roofing. It is typically black to reduce UV damage and is highly durable roofing material. EPDM is also a favorable roofing option because it is low-cost and lightweight, making installation faster and more affordable. 


While EPDM rubber is a highly affordable option, it is not the most aesthetically pleasing. Because of its black color, it can also increase cooling costs in the summer. 


TPO roofing

Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing is another affordable roofing option for commercial buildings. It is typically white which helps reduce heat transfer and is a lightweight, durable roofing material similar to EPDM. However, TPO is not as weather-resistant as EPDM rubber. It is prone to shrinking, cracking, and water penetration. Unfortunately TOP is also not fireproof on its own. It can be dangerous without the proper fire retardant treatments. If you choose this roofing material, it’s important to choose a reputable installation specialist to ensure safety. 


Modified bitumen roofing

Modified bitumen is used for roofing that is expected to withstand heavy foot traffic. The bitumen is layered with roof fabric to create strong, durable roofing that can withstand the elements. The double-layer also prevents water permeation. However, this type of roofing can require more maintenance than other types and is a more expensive option. 


Metal roofing

Metal roofing is a familiar and popular option for many reasons. It is one of the most durable and has a higher aesthetic appeal than other types of commercial roofing. Though some types of metal roofing carry the risk of rust, they can be coated with a protective layer to keep them looking new for years. The different types of metal roofing include: 


  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Tin
  • Stainless steel
  • Stone-coated steel
  • Aggregates of aluminum, zinc, and silicon-coated steel


No matter what type of roofing you choose, MaintenX is here to help! We offer full-service installation and will help you maintain your roofing with preventative care. Contact us today to learn more!

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