Choosing A Commercial Roof Style

Posted on: 29 July 2015


Being a business owner comes along with a significant amount of responsibility. Not only do you have to make decisions when it comes to who you hire and what types of products you use, but you are also responsible for choosing a roofing style for your establishment. Whether you are in the market for a new roof or looking to install a roof on a new commercial structure, here are some tips that can assist you with choosing a roof style.

Building Design

The first thing you want to consider is the design of the building.  While many commercial establishments choose a flat roof design, this isn't the only option you have. You can also choose a pitched roof. The design of your building can offer you some assistance when it comes to determining which roof style will look better.

If your building is very small or it has several stories, you probably want to stick with a flat roof. However, if your building is a single story and on the larger side, you can choose a pitched roof. Pitched roofs can add character and dimension to the exterior appearance of your business.


The next thing you want to consider is the type of material that you will choose for the installation. Tile and slate are among some of the popular options for commercial roofs. Tile roofs are often reminiscent of a Spanish style and they are more on the stylish side. However, if you've chosen a flat roof, the tiles won't really be visible from street level.

Slate roofs are popular among commercial owners because they are highly durable and they last a long time without much need for maintenance. However, they can be very heavy. In order to install this type of roof style you need to ensure the structure of the building can support its weight.

Engineered Systems

You also want to consider whether or not you want to install an engineered roof system. These types of roofs can be especially helpful for structures that are near coastal areas or that are exposed to high winds frequently. Engineered roof systems come with a fastening design that helps increase how much wind the roof can withstand without causing any damage.

In terms of minimizing maintenance to your roof after a storm, this style of roof can be very helpful. While engineered roofs aren't necessarily hurricane proof, they can add a level of protection to your building.

Although a roofing contractor, like those at Bell Roof Co, will assist you with your decision, having your own general knowledge can make the decision making process easier.