Commercial Flat Roof Types and Materials - Showalter Roofing

Commercial Flat Roof Types and Materials

Whether it’s for new construction or replacing an old commercial rooftop, there are many types of commercial roofing systems to know. It’s a bit overwhelming to find the right one for your needs and budget, given the numerous options available.

Fortunately, Showalter Roofing makes it easier for you to decide. Check out some of the many commercial roof types below, and then call us to schedule a service appointment!

Commercial Roof Types

There are many different types of commercial roofing materials used today. Each material offers its benefits for your commercial building. Check out some of the most popular choices around. Then call Showalter Roofing for professional roofing installation and replacement.

Single-Ply Roofing
Single-ply roofing utilizes different materials, including TPO, PVC, and EPDM. They are flexible, resilient, and durable – often lasting at least 30 years. The single-layer thermoplastic roofing membrane resists cracking, peeling, and weathering.

EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer. The chemical property allows for durability and elasticity. Additionally, EPDM roofing has high resistance to UV light. It is one of the most popular commercial flat roof materials because of its low cost and high strength.

An EPDM roof on a commercial building.

Polyvinyl chloride is another common choice due to its easy installation. Typically, PVC roofs incorporate two layers. The top layer protects against UV radiation, while the bottom is water-resistant, fire-resistant, and resilient.

PVC membranes are one of the best customizable roofing materials on the market because of their seamless integration. They can create seams for durability and longevity. Best of all, you can recycle them for reuse later on.

TPO roofs, or thermoplastic polyolefin, are single-ply membranes used on low-sloped roofs. They often feature highly reflective, heat-resistant seams. It comes in various colors, making it a popular choice for customization.

Silicone Coatings
Silicone coatings are another material gaining popularity in commercial roofing. This rolled or sprayed-on roofing system can be applied more quickly than other types and creates a water-resistant, energy-efficient membrane with exceptional heat absorption and UV reflection, which can also be used to restore or lengthen the service life of some aging roofs.

Metal Roofs
Known for their durability, longevity, and curb appeal, metal roofs offer more puncture resistance against natural elements. There are also fewer chances for cracking, warping, or peeling than rubber membranes or asphalt shingles.

Green Roofing
Lastly, consider green roofing as an eco-friendly alternative. Green roofing provides natural insulation, drainage, and aesthetics to any commercial property. Green roofs also provide natural protection against rainwater, UV radiation, and weathering while lowering energy costs.

Showalter Roofing is Here for You!

Showalter Roofing is your go-to commercial flat roof company! We serve across the Midwest and Southeast United States. We have helped thousands of businesses with roofing repairs, installation, replacements, and maintenance for almost 50 years.

Customer satisfaction remains our top priority. You can always trust our professional roofing contractors to finish the job.

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Call us today at 630-499-7700 for a free estimate! We’re happy to answer your questions or concerns regarding our roofing materials and services. From patchwork to complete restorations, we properly install your commercial roof whenever you call.

Makes Us

We know you have a choice.
Here’s how Showalter Roofing stands
out from the crowd by providing excellent work for our clients.


Our work speaks for itself. Our teams of commercial roofing contractors consist of highly trained roof maintenance specialists and our partnerships with leading manufacturers means that we install the best roofing systems available.

Customer Service

Our employees are committed to customer service, from our teams on the roof to executive management and everyone in-between. We are listening to our customers, driving our commitment to best in class customer service to ensure your commercial buildings remain in excellent condition.

Project Management

From pre-planning and project kick-off to completed job and project close out-our team works with yours on every detail. Working together is critical for mutual success, especially during a commercial roof replacement.


We maintain a database of our maintenance customers’ roofs and associated condition reports, that has us alert them when service life may be a risk or coming to an end.


We take safety seriously, from our crew training, to our on-site practices and team huddles.

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When the time comes to repair or replace your roof, you can never be too cautious about the company you entrust with the job.
Choose a roofing contractor who can provide professional satisfaction and true peace of mind.