What Types Of Roofs Are Installed On An Industrial Building?

It's essential that your facility have adequate industrial roofing to protect the rest of the structure from moisture that can leak into your building from up above. Otherwise, the lower floors, walls, and equipment will become damaged by moisture. There are several types of industrial roofs you can choose from. 

Modified Bitumen

Modified bitumen is used for many commercial roofs. It is often referred to as an asphalt or tar roof. The material can be created by combining bitumen with other chemicals. It is then applied on an industrial roof in several layers. This material is known for being able to resist very high and very low temperatures. It's also known for being very waterproof. It's durable but is also considered more expensive than other roofing options. 

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is an affordable type of rubber roof. This type of material is ideal for industrial roofs because it is resistant to many forces that are highly destructive to other types of roofs such as UV rays, rain, snow, and heat. It's also a material that's considered to be a great insulator. However, it's a material that's not very durable and shouldn't be walked on.


One of the most common types of materials used for industrial roofs is metal. This is a highly durable material. While a metal roof can rust, you can also have a protective coating applied to your metal roof to protect it.


PVC is a light and durable material and is the same material that windows are made from. It can also be used to create industrial roofs. Because this type of material is so lightweight, it's easy to install. It's also a material that's usually widely available regardless of where you live. 

Green Roofs

Your business might find it more practical to install a green roof. This is a roof that is designed to have plants installed on top of it. Green roofs can reduce energy costs and can also increase the life expectancy of the roof.

How to Choose the Right One

While there are many types of roofs you can install on your building, you'll need to make sure that the type of roof you are installing will fit into your company's budget, will make sense for the weather and climate that your building is located in, and that is recommended by experienced commercial roofing contractors. 

Reach out to an industrial roofing contractor to learn more.