What Is The Most Durable Commercial Roof?

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There are various types of roofing materialsthat can be used for your commercial property. Clients often have an image in mind of what they want, which may not align with their needs and budget. Your local roofing contractor about the different types of durable commercial roofing materials that can be used.

To help narrow down your choices, we’ve compared a few different types of roofing materials.

Single-Ply Membrane

Single-ply membrane roofing is sheeting meant for low slope or flat roofs. It’s made up of synthetic materials which can be assembled in a variety of ways. These include ballasting, mechanically fastening, or utilizing chemicals to adhere it to the insulating layer. The materials and processes used will depend on your specific needs and budget. With regular maintenance, it can last between 25–40 years.


Also known as Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF), it’s not as lightweight as it first sounds. SPF is an environmentally friendly roofing material used on commercial properties. In essence, it’s a liquid that is sprayed which expands to more than twenty times the original size. Once dry, it will create a solid layer on your roof. It has a longer than average lifespan when well maintained and can be a cost-effective option if you’re on a budget.

Foam is durable, energy-efficient, and acts as an insulating layer for your property. Unlike other roofing material alternatives, spray polyurethane foam is also completely seamless. This reduces the risks of leaking and water damage.

Built-Up (BUR)

Also known as tar and gravel roofing, built-up roofing (BUR) has been used for decades. The installation process requires licensed roofing contractors to alternate layers of asphalt and materials, such as felt, onto the roof. This is then finished with a stone or gravel as the final layer. The pricing varies depending on the materials used as well as the number of layers you wish to have installed. The average life span of built-up roofing is approximately 40 years. It’s another seamless and waterproof roofing material that’s also very low maintenance.


One of the oldest roofing materials for commercial properties is metal. It can also be installed directly over an existing roof. If you choose to install your metal roof over an existing one, it’s recommended to have a licensed roofing contractor check it first. This is to ensure that the existing roof is solid and has no issues, which would impact the integrity of the building and the safety of its occupants. Pricing depends on the colors and materials chosen. The average lifespan of a metal roof is approximately 40 years, and it fares well in the event of a fire.


Used for residential property roofing, shingles can also be a very durable commercial roofing material. Pricing for shingle roofing depends on the materials and the type of shingle roofing: asphalt or architectural. These can be made from slate, metal, plastics, wood, or even asphalt, in varying colors and styles. The average lifespan of shingle roofing is between 15-20 years, but it does depend on the type of material used as well as the type of shingle. It’s also a lot easier to repair than its counterparts, as it’s easy to spot where shingles are broken.

Durable Commercial Roofing In South Florida

The most durable commercial roof will be one that’s installed by a licensed and professional commercial roofing contractor such as the team at ABC Roofing. We’re one of South Florida’s leading roofing companies and we have you covered on all fronts. Contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members and learn more about our incredible services at 954-344-4622.

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