4 Great Types Of Roofing Material To Consider

Getting a new roof for your commercial building is never an easy (or cheap) project. Whether you are constructing a commercial building from scratch or giving an updated roof to an existing building, there are four main options to choose from. Let’s take a look at the 4 best types of roofing materials for commercial construction projects.

EPDM Roofing

This has grown to be the most commonly used roofing material. EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer. It is made from two primary ingredients which are ethylene and propylene. These compounds are derived from natural gas and oil.


What has made EPDM so popular is that it’s essentially synthetic rubber. This makes the product resilient, especially in rainy and snowy conditions. EPDM materials are generally used in low-slope buildings and tend to last a very long time.

TPO Roofing

Thermoplastic (TPO) roofing is starting to catch up to EPDM as the standard-bearer for commercial roofing materials. The reason for the rapid growth of TPO is that it helps save on energy costs.


This commercial roofing material is made from a polymerized rubber that consists of both polypropylene and ethylene-propylene. It’s put down as a single-ply, with the white membrane exposed to the elements. This allows the material to reflect sun off of the house, helping with air conditioning bills (and drying out insulation) in the summertime.

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Photovoltaic Solar Panels

Solar energy seems to be the future. That’s why many commercial buildings are turning toward solar energy roofing systems such as photovoltaic solar panels. PV panels have a thick glass-like structure and are mounted on the rooftop like tile.


Sitting in direct sunlight all day, the glass absorbs the light. From there, the electrons from the sun is converted into energy that can power the entire building. This is an environmentally sustainable and cash-saving option for roofing materials. Additionally, some cities and energy companies may buy any extra energy your building creates, further generating revenue for your commercial building.

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Green Roofs

Speaking of sustainability, green roofs have gained a lot of momentum as a top roofing material for commercial construction projects. If your commercial building has a flat roof, start a garden.


First, you put down a waterproofing membrane. From there, you cover the seal with soil and plants. By growing plants on top of your building, the sun is absorbed by the leaves instead of roof. This helps with heating costs.


Additionally, you are growing food. This can do a lot for feeding yourself, employees, or the homeless in your community. If you are starting a business in a brand-new commercial building, having a green roof is a great way to start off community outreach.


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