Need A New Commercial Roof? Learn About These Three Commercial Roofing Trends

Traditionally, there have not been many options for flat commercial roofs. Rubber, asphalt bitumen and metal have been the go-to materials used for these types of roofs. However, in the past decade that has started to change. New products have come out which help increase the functionality of the roof, while also adding some style and charm to these often boring roofs. If you are in the market for a new commercial roof, you may be interested in learning about some of the trends that are influencing these new roofing options. 

Environmentally Friendly Roofs

One of the biggest trends in both commercial and residential roofing right now is environmentally friendly roofs. This is because more people are becoming aware of what impact they have on the environment. If you are looking for ways to decrease your carbon footprint, one of these roof types may be perfect for you. Some of the most environmentally friendly commercial roof types include:

  • Green or living roofs
  • Metal roofs made from recycled metal
  • Roofs that incorporate solar energy features

Environmentally friendly materials are always evolving and changing. If you are interested in a product that is environmentally friendly, ask a roofer what products they have available and why they may be a great material for you. 

Energy Efficient Roofs

Another popular trend for commercial roofing is roofs that help you make your commercial building more energy efficient. There are many features being incorporated into roofing materials that can help you do just that. 

One material that is helping to make commercial roofs more energy efficient is insulation. Adding a layer of insulation to the roof, or insulating the roofing materials themselves, helps to lower your energy bill and reduce your energy usage. A lot of heated or cooled air can escape through a non-insulated roof, while a lot of outdoor air can enter. Minimizing  the amount of air that can seep out through the roof or enter through the roof reduces the amount of electricity or gas you use heating or cooling your building. 

Another trick that roofers and roof manufacturers are using to increase the energy efficiency of your commercial building is making roofing materials lighter in color. For example, white roofing is popular for commercial roofs right now, because white roofing reflects the sun's ultraviolet rays. This helps decrease your building's indoor temperatures when it is warm out. In turn, this reduces your energy usage. 

Roofs Made From Composite Materials

The last trend that is currently popular for commercial roofs is roofing made from composite materials. You may see composite sheets or composite shingles on commercial roofs. 

There are many reasons why a composite roof is preferable to a roof made from traditional materials, such as asphalt or wood. Some of the reasons are:

  • Composite material is fire resistant. 
  • Composite roofs last longer than asphalt, wood or rubber roofs. 
  • Composite roofs hold up better to outdoor weather conditions, such as strong winds, hail and ice.
  • Composite materials are stronger, which helps prevent a roof from caving in if there are large amounts of snow or ice placed atop them. 

If you are considering a composite roof, you have to do your homework. Not all composite roofs offer the same benefits. Generally speaking, the thicker the composite roofing material, the stronger and more durable it will be. A roofer can help you decide which thickness will best suit your needs, based on the environmental factors you face yearly where you live. 

If you are in the market for a new commercial roof, there are more options available to you than were likely available the last time you shopped for a new roof. If you find the options overwhelming, learning about trends may help you decide what materials other people find interesting and why. This may help you make a decision about what type of roofing you want to place on your commercial building.