AAA Roofing is the leading commercial and industrial roofer in the Western U.S. We have a wide range of experience with all commercial roofing types. We would be happy to sit down with your team to discuss the type of commercial roofing materials that would be best for your project.

Here is an overview of the types of industrial roofs that industrial roofers usually offer. However, this article will just scratch the surface of the subject. Allow us to analyze your unique situation, so we can suggest roof systems types that would work best for your property.

Commercial Roofing Materials Types

There are many different industrial roofing types available. Here’s an overview of what a commercial roofing company typically offers:

Single Ply

At the top of our list of different types of roofing systems is the single-ply system. This single “layer” roof membrane can be further categorized into two kinds: TPO and PVC.

These types of commercial roofing materials are designed to be used on low slope and flat roofs and have been used for decades. Both systems are light-colored, which helps reduce AC usage on hot, sunny days. Single-ply roofs are also designed to be flexible, which means they conform to the shape and movement of your commercial roof. And they have watertight seams.

TPO tends to be more flexible, reflective, environmentally friendly, and weather-resistant between the two options. However, PVC holds up better under exposure to chemicals, oil, and grease.

The initial cost of a single-ply system may be more expensive than different types of commercial roofing.


Another type of industrial roofing material is built-up or BUR. It is one of the oldest commercial roofing systems and can be described as installing alternate layers of roofing felt and asphalt.

One of the benefits of a BUR system is that the multiple layers provide resistance to mechanical damage to the roof. It has often been considered one of the least expensive of the different roofing systems. However, the white BURs (required now in California) may be more costly than some single-ply membrane options.

Additionally, a built-up roof system is not always watertight, which means the roof requires more maintenance.

Modified Bitumen

Modified bitumen is similar to a built-up system, except the asphalt used in the modified systems includes synthetic rubberized polymers.

The benefit of using a modified bitumen (asphalt) system is that the addition of the polymers gives increased resistance to brittleness during cold months and improved sheet elasticity.


Although shingle or tile systems are typically used by residential roofers, this type of material is sometimes used on commercial properties as well. Sometimes shingles are used to create a certain aesthetic, or other times they are used on areas of the roof with a steep slope.

Metal Roofing Systems

Metal roofing systems offer a large selection of styles and colors and can last a long time. However, they sometimes require a structural supporting deck underneath the metal with a watertight underlayment.

Recent improvements to metal roofing systems utilize hidden fasteners, which avoids the problem of rust forming at the screw holes, which causes leaks.

Reach Out to AAA Roofing To Learn More About the Types of Roofing Systems

AAA Roofing is the leading commercial roofing company in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Washington. We know you have questions about the right type of commercial roofing system for your property, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Contact AAA Roofing today to learn more about industrial roofing systems and schedule your free roof inspection!