What Type of Flat Roofing Materials is Best for a Commercial Building

Flat Roofing Materials

Flat roofing materials generally fit into the following categories. TPO, EPDM, Metal, Solar, and Green.

1. Commercial TPO roofing

TPO roofing, which stands for thermoplastic roofing, is one of if not the most common commercial roofing solutions. The material its made from is exceptionally durable and resistant to most hazards that cause roof damage in the first place. Its installation is also relatively easy. For these reasons, it’s an extremely common and popular option for commercial roof applications.

2. Commercial EPDM Roofing

EPDM roofing is the technical term for a rubber roof. EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer which is a rubber composite made from the combination of all those plastics into an extremely durable rubber. This roofing system is said to be one if the most durable with the longest lifespan and requires the least amount of maintenance from all of the other flat roofing materials.

3. Flat Metal Commercial Roofing

Flat metal roofs are especially popular in parts of the country with harsh winters. The reason for this is that of all the commercial roofing solutions metal roofs are generally built to support the heaviest weights. When your business is located in a place that can get hundreds if not thousands of pounds of snowfall each winter, being able to bear that load will be of utmost importance to your flat commercial roof.

4. Solar Paneled Flat Roofing

One of the less common flat roofing materials that are still seen often enough to make this list are solar paneled flat roofs. Solar paneled flat roofs are exactly what they sound like, a roof made from solar panels. Which as you can imagine is a little less resistant to harsh weather as solar panels are more sensitive than the previously mentioned commercial flat roof materials.

5. Green Flat Roofing

Green roofs are when actual vegetation like grass, small shrubs, and trees are planted over the waterproof membrane of a TPO, EPDM, or metal roofing system. This dramatically increases the insulation of the building, the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY has deployed a green roofing solution as it is located in a residential area and it was important to the stadium to reduce their level of noise pollution in the neighborhood. A green roof will surprisingly increase the lifespan of a roof by two and sometimes even three times the forecasted lifespan of the roofing system on its own.

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