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When hiring commercial roofers in MN, there are different types of roofs to take into consideration. Depending on which one you choose, you will receive a different cost and time estimate for the project. Each different type of commercial roofing has a different process for installation. Some types of roofing require additional steps that add on time for the project, and therefore cost, but also help the roof last longer.

The 5 Different Types of Commercial Roofing are:

Metal
Rubber
Asphalt
Thermoplastic
PVC

Let’s discuss the differences, so you feel prepared and comfortable discussing commercial roofing options with your commercial roofing company in MN.

Metal
Metal roofing is the most common type of commercial roofing. Usually, aluminum, metal, or tin are used as the primary material for metal roofing. The installation is fairly simple. The metal roof is installed over the existing roof, and in order to ensure that it can be considered an all-weather roof, a coating is typically applied to make it waterproof and rust-resistant.

Rubber
If a commercial roofer is talking about ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), they’re talking about rubber roofing. When cost is a factor, the rubber may be the best fit for you. Rubber is inexpensive and therefore will keep your costs low. It also lasts relatively long, about 20 years.

What makes rubber roofing less appealing is the look as well as durability. While rubber may be cheap, easy to install, and lasts a long time; it only lasts a long time if there is no extreme weather. Rubber can be easily punctured, so if your building is in an area close to trees or where there are a lot of storms, this may not be the best option for you.

Asphalt
Asphalt roofing is another option for keeping costs down. It’s an ideal option for low-slope roofs. A con for asphalt roofing is that it isn’t known for its durability. You can expect an asphalt roof to last about 10 years, not much longer. It’s also prone to needing repair often and isn’t known to be very environmentally conscious.

Thermoplastic
Thermoplastic, also known as TPO, is inexpensive, reflects back heat so it keeps your building cool, is easy to maintain, doesn’t need much maintenance, and is almost completely leak-proof. Thermoplastic is, unfortunately, a product that can vary greatly in terms of quality. Fire is also a hazard for TPO roofing, which shouldn’t be taken lightly.

PVC
You’ve probably heard of PVC before, and it’s quite a common type of commercial roofing. It’s a perfect option for flat or low-slope roofs. It’s durable and long-lasting and is great if you’re looking for a weather-resistant roofing option. However, it’s also more expensive than the options mentioned above and isn’t easy to repair.

Allweather Roof
Whether you’re looking to keep costs down or just want to find an extremely durable roofing option for your commercial building in MN, the biggest and most important decision you have to make is who you will hire as your roofing company. With Allweather Roof you can be assured that you will receive quality materials with professional service, as to be expected from a multi-awarded company. With Allweather Roof, you and your commercial roof are in good hands!