Which Commercial Roofing Material Does My Business Need?

Commercial Roofing Material

We know how important decision-making is to business owners. One of the best decisions you can make is deciding on the type of commercial roofing material that is best for the exterior of your facility. Aside from the foundation, the roof is what helps protect against damaging weather elements and save energy on your electricity bill. Listed below are some recommended roofing materials that you can choose from!

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)

If you are a small business owner or beginning a start-up company, you might have a tight budget to work with when it comes to making repairs or installations. EPDM, also known as rubber roofing, is an inexpensive roofing material that is easy to install while still being durable and lightweight. This type of material is sure to give your roof long-lasting protection against harsh weather conditions. Mostly seen in roof decks, EDPM is also waterproof and UV resistant. 

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

PVC has two layers, including polyester, which acts as a reinforcement against the layers while still maintaining a lightweight and long-lasting warranty. Although it is more expensive, it is resistant to fire, wind and moisture elements. PVC is best for flat or low-sloped roofs and is installed with reinforced welding. There are two types of PVC installation: fully adhered or mechanically fastened, both of which offer easy installation and maintenance. Most business owners like to go the safer route and choose a mechanically fastened installation to prevent possible leaks. 

Asphalt Rolls

Another affordable roofing material is asphalt rolls which are similar to shingles. They are easier and cheaper to install, plus, come in a variety of colors. Although it is fairly easy to install, the thin material does not last as long as asphalt shingles do. 

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO)

For an inexpensive and lightweight commercial roofing material like EPDM, TPO is as close as it gets. The difference between the two is that a heat-welded seam is used to apply and secure the vinyl membrane surface. While heat-welding seams are more secure than glueing the material itself, it is important that a professional roofer ensures that the seams do not separate, especially with cold or wind conditions which could also cause shrinking. Perfect for flat roofs, it has ultraviolet resistance if welded correctly.   

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF)

SPF is a type of commercial roofing material with a unique formula turning from a liquid form to a protective foam in seconds. It is effective for all climate types and can last up to fifty years! SPF is often used as an insulation for roofs and has many advantages. It is not only energy efficient and durable, but it also is known to prevent water from seeping in or causing leaks since the foam covers all cracks in-between. 

Built-Up Roof (BUR) 

Built-up roofs or “gravel roofs”, are made up of different layers of material that help protect against UV rays and hail. It works great on commercial low slope roofs as the asphalt and tar make for a sturdy surface. Choose from smooth, gravel or mineral surfaces for any deck as well. 

Which commercial roofing caught your eye? We can help repair or replace your roof with a roofing system installed by experts. At Azalea City Roofing, we offer residential and commercial roofing services in the surrounding Mobile and Baldwin County. Contact us today for a free estimate by calling (251) 250-0212 or by visiting our website https://azaleacityroofing.com/about-us/ and filling the request form. We have financing options available!

Comparing Residential Roofing Materials

Residential Roofing Materials

With any residential roof, the materials can vary based on your home’s specific needs. Some homeowners may choose a type of trendy roofing material for cosmetic purposes, while others who live in flood zone areas might opt for a material that is strong enough to withstand hail or wind. By comparing residential roofing materials, one can better decide which material is best for your home based on performance, cost, durability and more.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are among the most affordable and most used roofing materials. They can be seen in most new construction builds, on garages and on sheds. Though its durability can last up to twenty years, it has not become the first choice for buyers since there are other roofing materials on the market that can provide better protection from sun exposure. The process of creating asphalt shingles includes the coating from fiberglass and covering of small rocks. Unless you live in a shaded area, asphalt is not recommended for warmer climate states where sun exposure can deteriorate the material. Otherwise, asphalt is great for residents looking for a low cost and easy labor. 

Composite shingles 

Composite shingles are very similar to asphalt as far as their shape. While they do contain asphalt material and fiberglass, they also contain recycled paper. Composite shingles are considered suitable for all-around climates and are fire-resistant. The lifespan will range from 20 to 40 years depending on the manufacturer. It is highly recommended to work with a licensed and bonded roofer who will not only provide you with information on a good manufacturer who makes composite shingles, but can also make the proper installation due to understanding of newer material and workmanship. 

Metal roofing

For the utmost residential roof protection, metal roofing is the preferred choice by both roofers and satisfied customers. The corrugated sheet can be used as an extra layer overtop pre-existing flat roof materials or as a whole new roof by itself. It is lightweight and can last up to 50 years. It has many advantages such as fire resistance, reflects heat from the sun which helps reduce energy consumption, is affordable and best of all, requires little to no maintenance. As homeowners get ready for hurricane season on the coast, a metal roof reinstates the power to provide protection against hurricane elements. 


The uniqueness of slate roofing material is that it is usually made by hand unlike the others. Made of metamorphic rock, the composite material is thick and can resist harsh UV rays, rotting, cracking, pests and more. Slate tiles come in various colors and make for a stylish look on any residence. It is not recommended for homes susceptible to hail or falling trees as this can impact the material severely.