The 5 Best Types of Commercial Roofing

Commercial roofs present different challenges than residential roofs. We, at 21st Century Painting and Roofing, know how to do both types well. In this article, we’ll go over the 5 best types of commercial proofing and you can make a choice as to what kind you need.

In choosing the correct commercial roofing system for your business, it’s wise to consider two main factors. They are:

  • Building design – this tells you what sorts of materials your roof’s understructure can hold and at what weights.
  • Durability – how long will the materials you choose last?

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) gives building codes and standards for you to look over. That way you know what you can get away with in your area, building wise.

So, now that you have the basics. Let’s get down to the 5 best types of commercial roofing so you can choose which one you want for your commercial roof.


Almost any type of metal can be used in commercial roofing. Aluminum, steel and copper are among the more popular choices. Metal roofs are extremely durable, lasting up to 50 years in some cases. However, they do require a lot of maintenance. They can fade or crack or peel and need to be painted fairly regularly. New compounds are making this less likely to occur. Some manufacturers have come up with a granulated metal material that doesn’t get harmed during a hail storm. Metal roofing is also cheaper than slate or tile roofing if money is an object.


Asphalt is the most common form of shingles used on both homes and businesses. It’s reinforced with organic material such as wood fibers or fiber glass. The shingles are built to last from about 20 – 30 years. There are laminated shingles that are also comprised of asphalt. They come in a variety of colors and textures. This creates a different look almost like shake or slate tiles, which are more expensive. These types of shingles last longer too – up to about 50 years.

Wood Shakes

These are manufactured from cedar, cypress, pine or redwood. The shakes are split from logs and reshaped by the manufacturers. This makes them perfect for commercial use. They are thicker than shingles and part of the surface is split to create a textured effect. Cedar shakes are treated with a fire retardant material to make them safer. They also help to prevent premature decay and rot. They are expensive to install.

Tile Roofing

It’s usually made of clay. However, tile can be comprised of more durable materials like concrete or rubber. Tile roofing has a wide array of colors and styles. Clay tiles are more expensive than their concrete counterparts. The durability of each type of tile is about the same so you may want to stick with the concrete unless you’re hooked on clay. They are very heavy and may require that you get extra support for your roof; however, they can last up to 50 years so they are very durable.

Slate Shingles

They are heavier and perhaps harder to install than wood or tile roofing. They are also easily breakable which means they require a lot of maintenance. Despite that, the overall roof can last between 40 – 70 years so they may be a good value for the money spent. They cost more than other materials so they’re not the most common choice for commercial roofs.

There you have it – the 5 best types of commercial roofing. Regardless of which material you choose, 21st Century Painting & Roofing can help you install it for your commercial property. Please feel free to give us a call to set up an appointment today. Our phone number is 512-219-0342.