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Here's What You Need To Know About Commercial Roofing Systems

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

In the following article, we’ll look at the difference between non-commercial styles and commercial roofing systems and explain the various types of commercial roofing systems that are available from qualified commercial roofing contractors like Cooper Roofing.

It’s easy to think that all roofs are pretty much made the same way using the same materials. Though all roofs serve the same overall purpose, there are different roofing systems for various buildings and purposes. The types of roofing systems that work for most structures will not necessarily work for a commercial property’s roofing needs.

Differences Between Common and Commercial Roofing Systems

Before you hire a qualified roofing contractor to repair your existing roof or install a new roofing system, it’s important to understand the difference between common and commercial roofing systems.

The primary distinction between these two roof styles is their different roof designs. Non-commercial roofs are typically smaller with more angles, slopes, pitches, and peaks than a commercial property’s roof. Apart from vents and chimneys, common roofs have minimal openings and, except for those fitted with solar panels, do not have anything directly sitting or installed on the surface.

Unlike non-commercial roofs, the designs for commercial roofs are usually much larger and flatter. Their surfaces need to be stronger than the common styles in order to withstand the weight of large commercial-grade HVAC units and industrial pipes and multiple openings are needed to accommodate any vents, blowers, or smoke stacks that correspond to the businesses’ needs.

The next major difference between these two types of roofing systems is their materials. Non-commercial roof construction begins with a plywood base that’s nailed to the home’s rafters. Then the plywood is covered with asphalt shingles, ceramic tiles, or wooden shakes to finish the job.

Although that system works for other structures, it’s not viable for commercial properties. The materials needed for commercial roofing systems must be extra tough and even more durable. Here are three of the best types of commercial roofing systems:

Thermoplastic Polyolefin Commercial Roofing System

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) commercial roofing systems are the most popular choice for various commercial, industrial, and manufacturing property needs because they’re extremely durable and cost-effective. Directly attached to the building’s insulation, this system’s single-ply rubber or synthetic membrane is not only strong, it's also more energy efficient than many systems.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Commercial Roofing System

Another popular option is the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) commercial roofing system. Its sturdy single-ply membrane is not only incredibly resistant to fire, chemicals, UV light and destructive winds, it’s also more energy efficient than other roofing systems.

Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM) Commercial Roofing System

Not only is this commercial roofing system extremely sturdy, it can also withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures. Its extra durable and flexible synthetic rubber membrane and availability in both black and white, has made EPDM commercial roofing systems a go-to choice for over 40 years.

Now that you know the differences between non-commercial and commercial roofs, you can see why your commercial property needs the best roofing system available installed by a qualified roofing contractor. Contact us today for a free quote on a TPO, PVC, and EPDM commercial roofing system for your property!

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