Pros And Cons Of Different Commercial Roofing Systems

Jan 30, 2021 | Blog, Commercial Roofing Systems

This article will explore three different types of commercial roofing systems. Learning about the pros and cons of each type of roof will help you decide the best fit for your building and budget.


Built-up-roofing has been in use for many decades. Going with this roof system means you will have a base layer consisting of asphalt, tar, and a few other materials with a layer at the top made of stone and gravel.


  • As compared to other roofing systems, built-up roofs have lower installation costs. It’s easy to install and maintain them and the materials are also cheaper.
  • Maintenance is easy with these types of roofs. After the installation, it needs just a little attention and service hours. If your roof requires repairs, they are easy to do on the top layers, as leaks below can be challenging to find.
  • These roofs have a long life span, and with proper installation and maintenance, they can last up to 30 years.


  • These built-in roofing systems can give you trouble during the cold season. They only perform well during a warm climate.
  • During the installation, tar and asphalt are heated, producing toxic odors that can be harmful to you.
  • If your business requires lavishing appearance, BUR systems are not a good choice.


Among other roofing systems, metal roofs last the longest, and with proper installation and maintenance, they can stay for more than 50 years.


  • These roofs can provide the required aesthetics, and you can paint them with the color of your choice or what best suits the company’s profile.
  • Metal roofs are weather and fire-resistant. They can defend your commercial building against heavy snow, rain, UV, and mold.


  • Metal roofing systems demand high installation costs because of expensive materials and the required labor.
  • If the roof isn’t properly installed, you can experience heavy noise from rain and hail.
  • Metal roofs aren’t dent-proof. And when technicians go up for servicing HVAC systems, you are likely to experience denting with foot traffic.


These roofs are the most common types, and you will find them everywhere. They can vary in thickness and price ranges.


  • These roofs weigh less, so they put less burden on the structure of the building.
  • The color of single-ply systems can be black, white, or gray. This way, you can adjust the roof’s reflective or heat-absorbing capabilities and reduce the utility bills.


  • The seams can easily leak, and you may witness significant wear and tear within a few years.
  • Single-ply roofs are more prone to damage and puncture by debris and foot traffic.
  • If your building’s roof has many penetrations, you will have to bear more installation expenses, and there are higher chances of the roof leaking around those penetrations.

If you wish to learn more about commercial roofing systems and decide which will be best for your business and budget, get help from the experts at Advanced Construction and Development. To get in touch, call 936.521.2446.


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