Six Materials to Consider For Your Next Roof

Six Materials to Consider For Your Next Roof

Of all the aspects of your business, the one most neglected is the roof, yet it is one of the most important. So if the time has come to replace that roof to continue protecting your business, keep in mind the age of the building, weather throughout the year, energy efficiency, and your budget. With this in mind here are some popular options to examine.

  1. Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing (SPF):

SPF is an eco-friendly option not just for commercial but industrial buildings as well. SPF is a material that is sprayed on the roof as a liquid, expands into a foam, thus hardening into a solid layer over an existing roof. SPF has been around since the 1960s and if installed correctly, can be used in any climate and will last around 50 years. Advantages include:

  • Durability
  • Energy efficient
  • Seamless and waterproof

  1. Single Ply Membrane:

Single-Ply Membrane ethylene propylene diene terpolymer or EPDM is a durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane. Derived from oil and natural gas, it is a time tested affordable roofing option. One of the more commonly known commercial roofing, there are different types to meet your buildings' needs and your budget. Benefits:

  • Customer chooses insulation
  • Class A fire-rated
  • Reflective or retentive
  • Proven track record. 

  1. Metal Roofs:

Metal roofing is one of the oldest commercial roofing systems but has only come into its own again in the last decade. Most metal roofing is light in weight because it uses corrugated galvanized steel, but can also be aluminum or tin. One benefit is that it can be installed right on top of an existing roof saving you having to pay for roof removal. Others include



  • UV protection
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Energy efficient
  • Can last up to 70 years. 
  • Fire resistant
  1. Shingles:

While shingle roofs are normally found on homes and residential buildings, they can be advantageous on commercial buildings with a steep slope. There are many different types of singles including wood, ceramic, asphalt, and slate. It is also very cost-effective. Reasons to consider shingle include

  • Large selection of colors and designs
  • Durable
  • Easy to repair
  • Versatile
  • Energy efficient
  1. Tar and Gravel

Also known as built-up roofing, they are installed by alternating layers of asphalt or tar and supporting fabrics. It is your choice as to how many layers you want and then the final layer is stone or gravel. If installed correctly and maintained it can last up to 40 years. Other benefits include:

  • Budget-friendly
  • UV protection 
  • No seams to leak
  • Minimal upkeep
  1. Green Roof

The newest roof or the oldest if you consider thatch, a green roof can last from 30 to 50 years. A tough waterproof membrane is applied to the roof and then it is completely covered with green plants. Not only a beautifying addition to your commercial property it improves air quality. If there is access to your roof it can be a nice spot of green to take a break-in. In some states, you can also get utility or government incentives. Other advantages include:

  • Protection from the elements
  • Eco friendly 
  • Attractive

With so many choices and only a certain amount of money allotted by the business budget, it is important you meet with a roofing professional. The experts at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services can not only examine your roof, but also determine your best options. You deserve to get the best that fits your budget. It will be protecting your business for years to come. Give us a call today to get started!