Commercial Roof Types

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Commercial Roof Types

It’s not usually the first thing you notice, but your roof says a lot about you and your business. How does your roof reflect your business and your appearance?


Commercial roofs come in various shapes and sizes, all unique to the business they cover. We offer some types of roofs that are more common among residential properties, but also a variety of common commercial types of roofs.

We have included a few of the most common types of commercial roofs and roofing materials – both natural and synthetic – to fit your business budget and style.

Roof Materials

Below are some of the roof types and detailed descriptions for it.

To protect all that’s under your business’s roof, metal roofing is one of your longest lasting options. On Top Roofing can extend its life even more with our periodic application of an elastomeric coating that prevents rusting and galvanization. Life expectancy is 50 plus years.

A great option for a long-lasting roof, our single-ply membrane is cost effective and easy to maintain. Installation is torch-free and it performs great under the elements. With high reflectivity in our white and tan options, it qualifies for energy star approval. Other standard color options include black and grey. Life expectancy is 20-35 years.

In the single-ply family, this thermoplastic roofing is ideal for flat roofs. TPO sheets are heat-welded to one another to become one impenetrable unit that protects your building from all the elements. TPO is also resistant to most chemicals. Life expectancy is 20-30 years.

This synthetic rubber is highly resistant to heat and water though it is not heat-welded. EPDM is a great option for flat roofs that have positive pitch so that water does not collect on its surface. Life expectancy is 25-35 years.

Thermoplastic PVC roofing is extremely strong as its heat-welded seams form a permanent, watertight bond that is stronger than the membrane itself. PVC membranes are sometimes referred to as the “Alfa Romeo” of single-ply membranes. Lifespan of PVC is roughly 25-35 years.

Commercial Roof Styles

A shed roof is similar to a flat roof, but with just a little more pitch. Great for warehouses and additions to smaller business buildings.

A gable roof is very common among residential properties. A gable refers to the triangular portion of the wall between the edges of intersecting roof pitches. It looks like an upside-down V. This type of style is what you generally see in neighborhoods. It’s one of the simpler styles, however gable roofs are not ideal for high wind areas like Fort Collins, Greeley or along the Front Range, because they easily can catch wind much like a sail or a plane’s wing would.

A hip roof style has four sloping sides with no vertical roof lines or walls. Hip roofs are both square and rectangular. They have a more complicated truss and rafter structure. They are most common with residential properties, but are seen on some commercial properties as well.

An A-frame roof has sides with very steep angles (roofline) that usually begin at or near the foundation line, and meet at the top in the shape of the letter ‘A.’ This roof style is mostly seen with churches, German-style cottages and other structures of the like. This style of roof is mostly associated with barns and residential homes with lots of attic space, so much that there’s room to turn them into bedrooms or extra spaces.

Think of a folded plate roof style like a series of gable roofs placed side by side to each other, almost like an accordion (or folded plate). These are very common among commercial buildings such as warehouses and public buildings like libraries or convention centers.

There are many other styles of commercial roofing, which we’d be glad to go over with you in person, to make the best possible decision for you, your family and your home.

Commercial Roof Pitch

Knowing the pitch or angle of your roof is helpful when you’re thinking of additions or remodels, roof repairs or roof replacements for your business.

Your business’s roof pitch is calculated by the number of inches the roof rises vertically for every 12 inches that the roof extends horizontally. If your roof rises 8 inches for every 12 inches of horizontal run, your roof has a 8-in-12 pitch.

  • Flat Roof—Anything under 2-in-12 pitch.
  • Low Slope Roof—Anything from 2-in-12 to 4-in-12 pitch.
  • Steep Slope Roof—Anything above 4-in-12 pitch (usually up to 21-in-12 pitch).
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Do About My Roof? We get that you’re not always keeping tabs on your roof, so when you finally have to deal with it you have a lot of questions that need to be addressed, which is why we are providing a few answers to frequently asked questions:

If you ignore repairing or replacing your roof when there are signs that its integrity has been compromised, it will lead to damaging the entire structure of your home as it becomes more exposed to the elements, which will deteriorate the siding, interior and foundation.

If you’re noticing leaks, your roof has already been compromised. It is recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) that you get your home’s roof inspected at least twice a year – preferably every spring and fall season. Inspecting the roof for certain signs will help prevent total roof damage, signs like:

  • Missing or cracked shingles
  • Blistering or peeling paint
  • Soggy, damp shingles
  • Leakage in the attic
  • Chimney leaks

There are many other signs that your home’s roof needs replacement. We can help find and point them out (if any). You can get your roof inspected for FREE by Parker Roofing Contractors.

A roof has an average lifespan of about 20 years. It may vary depending on the roof material and roof type, as some materials have a longer lifespan and some roof types and materials don’t last as long. We will gladly help you choose the best roof material and type for your home.

It’s always best when replacing a roof to TEAR OFF the existing one rather than ROOF OVER the old one. Most of the time we recommend your old roof be completely removed, as we need to address the root of the problem before covering it up again. Unless the initial roof is a single, problem-free layer (which we check for), it’s best to avoid having more problems in the future by removing the old roof. We will inspect your roof for FREE to see whether your old roof is worth keeping on or not.

It’s hard to give an exact answer without looking at your roof, as the time it will take depends on the type of roof. With most residential properties, we are able to replace a roof anywhere from one day to a week. The best way to know is to get a FREE estimate on your roof.

We STRONGLY recommend you don’t do this, as the labor and logistics are sometimes overwhelming for the untrained and inexperienced. It’s also very unsafe to be up on your roof without proper equipment and training. We can give you estimates and options to choose from before replacing or repairing your roof.

What is the best car? As this is a subjective question, we wish we had a simple answer for this – what may be best for your neighbor’s roof might not be best for your roof. It depends on your roof’s pitch, shape and style. We can give you a better answer to what is the best roof for you after inspecting it for FREE.

Great question. We supply plenty of certifications, credentials, references and awards to help you feel comfortable that Force 5 Roofing is a Colorado local and that we’re here to protect our community as best as we can. It’s best that you as a homeowner do your research and homework to find out that Force 5 Roofing has the best of intentions. See what we mean.

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