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Choosing the Right Commercial Roof

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

Need Help Finding the Right Type of Commercial Roof?

When it comes time to repair or replace your commercial roof, you may find yourself confused regarding the different types of roof designs and materials available. Here’s some information to bring you up to date on the different choices today’s consumers can choose from when installing a new commercial roof.

Your roof is your first line of defense to protect your building and business from the outside environment, so it’s important to keep it in top shape. An investment now on needed repairs or even a new roof can prevent damage to your building and equipment further down the road.

Commercial Roofing Options

Not every option is suitable for every roof. A reputable commercial roofing contractor will provide you with the options that are best for your building and budget. Your contractor is your best source of information and advice to ensure you get the best roof for your application.

Modified Bitumen Roof

Designed for low-slope and flat roofs, modified bitumen roofing systems use an asphalt-based material installed in multiple layers. These durable roofs withstand harsh conditions and extreme environments.


  • Wide range of applications

  • Superior waterproofing

  • Excellent life-cycle

  • “Cool roofing” options available

Single Ply Roof

Used on low-sloping and flat roofs. Single ply roofs use a prefabricated single-ply membrane that comes in a variety of materials and thicknesses.


  • High strength

  • Weather resistant

  • Flexible

  • Highly durable

Built Up Roof

Suitable for many low-slope roofing applications. Consists of multiple layers of sheeting material with hot asphalt, or bitumen, between layers to bond them together and provide waterproofing. The top of the roof is covered with a durable material such as gravel.


  • Low maintenance

  • Durable, with long-service life

  • Excellent waterproofing and insulation

  • Easy to repair

  • Fire resistant

Metal Roof

Suitable for a wide range of applications, from industrial, educational and agricultural roofs to recreational, healthcare and government buildings. Used on both sloped and flat roofs, metal roofing is available in a range of thicknesses. Metal roofs can be installed as single-skinned or insulated panels.


  • Cost effective

  • Long service life

  • Energy saving technology

  • Excellent weather resistance

We Work with You

If you need a new commercial roof or roof repairs, United Materials will work with you to get you a roof that meets your application and budget.

Contact us today. We can inspect your roof and provide you with a detailed repair or replacement plan and create a schedule that meets your needs.

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