Commercial Roof Types
Learn about the different types of roof systems available for commercial and industrial buildings in Florida.
Flat roofs are commonly seen on most commercial buildings because of their efficiency and cost-effective pricing. The variety of flat roofing options has grown substantially over the years. With so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming and confusing to determine which works best for your building’s needs. Here we’ll compare the different features and benefits of the most common flat roofing options and see how they handle Florida’s rainy season, Hurricane Season, and everything in between.
- Built Up Roofing (BUR) Systems
- Modified Bitumen Systems
- Single-Ply Membrane Systems
- Roof Coatings
- Metal Roofing Systems
- Solar Panels
- TPO – TPO roofing systems are the ideal choice for Florida commercial roofs, providing savings when it comes to energy costs and maintenance. Made of a durable material that provides a lifespan of 20 or more years, their white color provides heat reflection and added protection against the sun’s UV rays. TPO’s heat-welded seams also provide a reliable bond that protects against water and high winds.
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride) – PVC roofing is a lightweight system made of two layers of PVC roof material with reinforcing polyester placed between the layers. PVC is more expensive than TPO but provides similar durability and protection against the elements.
Metal roofing is a more expensive option than the flat roofing options mentioned above but provides considerable longevity, durability, and heat resistance. Offering a variety of aesthetically pleasing options including standing seam, batten, flat, Bermuda and shingled, metal panels are the preferred option for Florida’s low slope commercial roofs as they provide protection against wind and allow rain to drain from the surface of the roof, preventing leaks and keeping occupants dry.