Commercial Roofing Types Installed in Haymarket, Manassas, & Nearby

Different types of roofing systems in VA


Which roof is right? Because there are many different materials available for commercial roofing, it’s important to deal with a knowledgeable roofing contractor who can explain the pros and cons of different materials.

Which roof is right? Because there are many different materials available for commercial roofing, it’s important to deal with a knowledgeable roofing contractor who can explain the pros and cons of different materials.

There’s good news and bad news about commercial roofing. First, the good: Today there’s an amazing selection of commercial roofing materials and techniques available, providing building owners with excellent options for commercial roof replacement, reroofing and new roof installation.

The bad news is that this variety of commercial roofing options can make it very difficult to select the right roofing treatment for your commercial building. Adding to the confusion are the different acronyms used to describe various roofing types: SPF, TPO, EPDM, etc. However, there’s no need to worry. If you want to make sure you’ve got the right type of commercial roofing, you’ve come to the right place. CCI will help you select a roofing or reroofing treatment that suits your building and your budget.

If you are in need of commercial roof repair, replacement or new roof installation, contact us to schedule a free inspection today! We provide quality services for commercial roofing systems in Chantilly, Haymarket, Manassas, and throughout the surrounding area.

Commercial Roof Design Types

There are many different types of commercial roof designs to choose from. What commercial roof design is best for you will depend on your individual needs, what type of building you have, and how much money you want to spend.

Here are the most common types of commercial roofing system designs:

Flat Roofs

commercial flat roof 

Typically made of concrete, asphalt, or tile. They are often used for buildings that do not need a lot of additional storage space and are more cost-effective than other roof types. A flat roof is an excellent choice if you want to install solar panels.

Some cons of a flat roof are that it may be more susceptible to leaks, rainwater accumulation, and snow damage.

Shallow Pitch Roofs

slow sloped roofs

A shallow pitch allows for larger interior areas and greater lighting possibilities but requires some additional maintenance than other types of commercial roof designs. Flat or shallow-pitched roofs can have ventilation systems and skylights built-in to keep the roof cool and minimize rainwater-related problems.

Pitched Roofs

high pitched roof

Pitched roofs are the most common type of commercial roof design. Pitched roofs have an angled slope and offer more living space for your building’s occupants.

They are also the sturdiest roof option, which makes them a good choice if you need to support extra weight on your building’s roof (such as solar panels or heavy machinery).

The downside to pitched roofs is that they require more upkeep than other commercial roof designs, such as re-shingling or replacing leaky components.


We’re Expert In Different Types of Roofing Materials 

Commercial roofing is sometimes described by the type of roof on the building: flat, low slope, shed and steep slope, for example. In other cases, roofing is described by the installation technique – such as built-up roofing, standing-seam roofing, single-membrane roofing and torch-down roofing. More frequently, roofing is described simply by the material that’s being installed. Here are brief descriptions of the main commercial roofing materials being used today:

Metal roofing 

Most metal roofing systems use corrugated galvanized steel, although other materials such as aluminum or tin can also be used. It includes factory-made panels and flashing profiles, as well as roofing panels that are cut and formed at the building site. When installed on a sloped roof, metal roofing systems offer the benefits of energy efficiency (lower heat gain during warm, sunny weather) and low maintenance.

Metal Roof Advantages:

  • Energy efficiency: Metal roofing solutions reflect heat thus acting as a source of saving on cooling costs. The heat reflected goes back into the night air allowing the temperature to stay cool during the day.
  • Heat-resistant: Metal roofs are naturally cool because of their ability to reflect heat. The reflecting power of a metal roof allows for the temperature to be cooler on a hot summer day and warmer during a cold winter night.
  • Metal roofs are also more fire-resistant than other materials. If the roof catches on fire, it will not be as likely to spread or cause damage to your home.

Metal Roof Disadvantages:

  • Cost: Metal roofing can have a high initial cost. The average cost per square foot is more than asphalt shingle and slate roofing. However, the overall cost of maintenance is much lower than most roofing materials.
  • Metal roofs are more likely to have leaks than other roofing materials due to their seams and fasteners. Water-proofing metal roofs are very difficult because joints can crack when they are expanding or shrinking due to changes in temperature.
  • Metal roofs are susceptible to rust if they are located in coastal areas where rainwater penetrates easily. While most roofing systems use galvanized steel for their products, they may still deteriorate faster than other roofing materials.

SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam) roofing

SPF is a popular roofing option for flat and low-slope roofs. Applied with spray equipment, an SPF roof provides a seamless roof covering that can go over an existing roof or over new construction. SPF roofing is popular because it eliminates the need for most types of roof flashing and it also functions as roof insulation, lowering the building’s heating and cooling costs.

EPDM roofing

EPDM roofs are also referred to as Thermoset roofs, sometimes Is also referred to as rubber roofing because this roofing membrane material (technically known as ethylene propylene diene monomer) is black and flexible like a rubber inner tube. EPDM roofing can be installed on flat and low-slope commercial roofs. Seams between adjacent EPDM sheets and metal flashing elements are typically sealed with special adhesive.

EPDM roofing advantages:

  • EPDM roofs are very flexible and move with the wind, which means that they can withstand strong winds. EPDM is also waterproof, so it resists stains from rain or ice dams.
  • EPDM roofing is a good option if you live in an area that sees hail storms. EPDM roofs can withstand stone damage better than other roofing materials.
  • Because EPDM is made of rubber, it does not crack or peel even after years of exposure to the sun and heat. EPDM will last for 30 to 50 years if it’s properly installed.

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) roofing

Is a single-membrane roofing system, just like EPDM roofing. Installed in large rolls, TPO can be installed with mechanical fasteners or by fusing seams with heat. The white TPO material used most often does a good job of reflecting solar radiation, which helps to reduce the demand for air conditioning in hot weather.

TPO roofing Advantages:

  • TPO roofs are easy to install and require low maintenance over the life of the roof.
  • TPO is extremely durable and resists cracking, peeling, or blistering – even when exposed to UV rays. TPO is a good option if you live in an area that sees a lot of hail or other natural damage from storms.
  • TPO roofing is a good option because it’s waterproof, offers fire resistance and durability that can withstand harsh temperatures.

TPO Roofing Disadvantages:

  • TPO roofs are not designed for areas with extreme weather conditions. This means that the material will likely wear down faster in extreme summer and winter temperatures or areas with heavy winds and high rainfall amounts.
  • TPO roofs can be very noisy because they are so lightweight that wind blows through them easily. Wind blowing on a TPO roof sounds like rushing water or leaves falling from trees.
  • One more Disadvantage is that they cost about $5 to $10 per square foot, which can be higher than traditional asphalt shingles or clay tile roofs.

Modified bitumen roofing

A modified bitumen roof has all the advantages of a BUR roof, but with a much slicker finish. This type of commercial roofing material is applied in rolls that are usually heated with a torch to seal seams and adhere the asphaltic material to the substrate and to flashing details. The popularity of more modern single-membrane roof systems (EPDM & TPO) has reduced the demand for modified bitumen roofing.

Modified bitumen roofing advantages:

  • Modified bitumen is an inexpensive roofing material that offers durability in extreme climates. It’s also waterproof and resistant to rust.
  • Modified bitumen roofing is a good option if you live in an area that sees hail storms because it can resist stone damage better than other roofing materials. Modified bitumen resists leaks, wrinkles, or cracks even after years of exposure to the sun and heat. 

Modified bitumen disadvantages:

  • Modified bitumen does not work well on flat roof surfaces because it requires a solid base to install properly. This may mean you’ll need to install sand, gravel or other material as a base for the rubber membrane before installing the modified bitumen roofing material.
  • Modified bitumen is heavier than other types of roofing materials, so it can be harder to transport and install.

Asphalt shingle roofing 

will always be popular. Plenty of commercial buildings with sloped commercial roofs depend on asphalt shingles for weather protection. This roofing option is among the most affordable, and gives building owners many shingle styles and colors to choose from.

Asphalt shingle roofing advantages:

  • Asphalt shingles are very affordable (about $1 to $2 per square foot) and easy to install.
  • Asphalt shingle roofs last about 20 years before they start showing signs of wear, which is average for most types of roofing materials.

Asphalt shingle roofing disadvantages:

  • Asphalt shingles do not hold up in extreme temperatures because they get brittle when exposed to heat or cold for a long time, which makes them more susceptible to cracking or shrinking.
  • Asphalt shingles are not as durable as other types of roofing materials. They don’t work well under heavy snow conditions and can occasionally leak at the seams.

Contact CCI For All Your Commercial Roofing Needs

The commercial roofing contractors at CCI are trained and certified to work with many different types of commercial roofing systems in Ashburn, Leesburg, Sterling, Centreville, Reston, Gainesville, Bristow, Haymarket, Chantilly, Manassas, and nearby. We provide commercial roofing services like roof repair, maintenance and roof replacement to ensure that your commercial building is properly protected.

Call us at 703-754-9551 or send us an email to schedule an appointment today!


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