Three Options For Your Commercial Roofing

If you are in the market for a new roof for your commercial or industrial building, then you should know some of the options you have before you talk with a commercial roofing contractor. These roofs are different than typical residential roofs and you will most likely have more options than just a shingle roof. Three options you have include a concrete roof, a tar and gravel roof, and a foam roof.


A popular way to protect your building from the elements is a roof made from concrete. These roofs are especially good if your building is in an area with strong winds, and concrete is uniquely inexpensive. However, if your building should be made mostly from concrete or another heavy-duty material stronger than wood so that the building does not collapse under the weight of the concrete. If your building is made from just wood and drywall, it will be harder to set up a concrete roof that's both thick and secure. 

Tar and Gravel

Tar and gravel roofs are those where the main part of the roof is made up of tar for the durability and the topmost layer is added gravel to repel heat. These roofs are typically less expensive than concrete and last for years without much maintenance. However, these roofs are also heavy, and not recommended for buildings with lightweight support. Additionally, areas with strong winds and rains are worse for tar and gravel roofs than concrete ones.


Foam roofs a popular lightweight option among those looking for commercial roofs that offer similar weather protection as concrete and gravel but without the weight. These roofs are made from sprayed polyurethane foam, or SPF, which is a type of liquid sprayed onto any surface and allowed to expand. This option is typically inexpensive even considering the cost of labor simply because it does not require much SPF liquid nor much labor in the first place. Additionally, roofs with uneven and irregular shapes can easily be catered for. However, these roofs, while waterproof are not as resistant to punctures and other damage and must be checked bi-annually.

There are many different options that a commercial building can have when it comes to their roof. These roofs are typically flat or level rather than slanted like residential roofs and can be concrete, tar and gravel, or foam roofs. These roofs have special considerations including weight and special installation, so if you are in the market for any type of commercial roof, you will need to hire a commercial roofing contractor.