4 Different Commercial Roofing Options

4 Different Commercial Roofing Options

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to commercial roofs. There are various roofing options for different needs and weather demands. It’s important to understand the pros and cons of each option to identify which would work best for your location.

4 Different Commercial Roofing Options

Single-Ply Membrane

There are two kinds of a single-ply membrane for commercial roofs: EPDM and PVC/TPO. The former is the acronym for the material’s key component, ethylene propylene diene monomer. This rubber-based product is known for its durability and easy application on any roof surface. PVC/TPO is composed of both polyvinyl and thermoplastic. These materials effectively reflect solar heat, which results in enhanced energy efficiency.

Modified Bitumen

Modified bitumen is made from combined hot asphalt with plastic and rubber additives layered in sheets of fiberglass or polyester. This membrane is known for its resistance to weather puncturing and tears.

Built-Up Roofing or BUR

A built-up roofing system is composed of multiple layers of fiberglass membrane with hot asphalt to form a strong protective barrier against UV, water and mechanical damage. It is an economical choice for flat commercial roofing because of its easy installation and low-maintenance nature.


Metal roofing is also an excellent choice for commercial properties. While more expensive, it’s an excellent long-term investment as it can last over 50 years with regular preventative maintenance from a trusted roofing contractor.

Northern Pacific Roofing can supply quality services for your commercial or residential roofing systems. You can call us at (888) 919-8539 for more information or fill out our contact form to request a free project estimate. We serve residents in San Francisco, San Rafael and Petaluma, CA.