The Service Life of Four Types of Commercial Roofing

Your roofing system is one of the most crucial elements of your building’s exterior. It is home to your rooftop HVAC system, ventilation, and can even be used for energy-efficient solar panels. Choosing the right roofing material is essential for the long-term upkeep of your facility. Below are some of the most common types of commercial roofing systems and the expected service life for each: 



Typical thermoplastic olefin (TPO) roofing is a synthetic roofing material commonly used for flat roofing systems. They are strong, simplistic in design and can last 15-20 years with regular maintenance. They will, however, last even longer if you implement a preventative maintenance plan with MaintenX.


Metal roofing

Metal is used for sloped commercial roofing and comes in a wide variety of options. Galvanized steel, aluminum, zinc, and copper are popular choices, and are usually coated to protect them from rusting and abrasion. These roofing systems can last up to 50 years depending on the quality of the metal, the angle of the slope, and the investment in proper maintenance. 


EPDM rubber

EPDM rubber is a sturdy, weather-resistant roofing material also common for flat roofing. It is shock resistant which is ideal when your area experiences hail, or if you have rooftop HVAC systems that need regular service. The rubber absorbs pressure and prevents the roof from taking long-term damage. EPDM is a highly durable roofing material that can last up to 30 years with proper care. 


Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable roofing options for commercial buildings. These roofs are layered strategically to reduce uplift from the wind. While they are simple to maintain and affordable to install, asphalt shingles will typically only last 10-25 years with proper maintenance. They are prone to falling off during bad weather and may crack when exposed to extreme heat and UV rays. 


No matter what roofing material you choose for your commercial building, MaintenX is here to help! We offer comprehensive roofing maintenance services for commercial facilities across the U.S. Contact us today to learn more!

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