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Best Flat Roof Types on the Market

When your business is concerned, you do your research before you make any type of investment. The new roof on your building is no exception. The different flat roof materials each offer distinct advantages, including the price of install, lifespan, level of maintenance, and even how they affect your energy bills.

At Pequea Valley Exteriors, we’re a commercial roofing company that installs and restores a huge variety of commercial roofing materials. In today’s blog, we’re highlighting the most common and best flat roof types to help you make this decision. However, if you want to skip the reading and talk to a real person — feel free to give us a call or send us an email!

3 Main Commercial Roofing Materials

Any new roof you build today will offer you reliability and leak-free performance. However, choosing the right roof is still an important decision as each option comes with a variety of pros and cons. Learn about the main commercial roofing materials right here:

1. TPO
 tpo commercial roofing material

One of the most common and most popular commercial roofing materials, TPO roofs offer an energy-efficient white surface at a very affordable intro price. You can reasonably expect a TPO roof to last between 10 and 20 years before needing re-roofing or replacement. Compared to EPDM roofs, which are the other budget-friendly option, TPO roofs require less maintenance since they don’t have individual seams that can leak.


  • Great price
  • Less maintenance than EPDM
  • White surface cuts energy bills


  • Shorter lifespan compared to other options

2. PVC

pvc commercial roofing material

PVC is a newer single ply roofing material to hit the market. As a Conklin contractor, we proudly use Conklin’s signature PVC roofing. PVC stands out because it offers a longer lifespan than other single ply materials, such as TPO and EPDM, and is less resistant to cracking. However, this makes PVC a slightly more expensive option to install up front. In addition, this flat roof type is also white and reflects the sunlight, thus cutting your energy costs.


  • Resistant to cracking
  • Longest single ply lifespan
  • White surface cuts energy bills


  • More expensive up front

3. Standing Seam Metal

standing seam metal commercial roofing material

While PVC and TPO are both single ply membranes, metal roofs are a bit different. Since they require a highly skilled installation process, they are more expensive than the other two options — but they make up for it in numerous ways. Metal roofs have extremely long lifespans, often reaching the 30-year mark without needing major work. In addition to being resistant to leaks, this commercial roofing material is also impervious to surface cuts that can damage thinner roofs.


  • Longest lifespan
  • Low maintenance
  • Resistant to leaks and surface damage


  • Most expensive up-front option
  • Does not come standard with a reflective coating

Pro-tip: If you restore a metal roof it will have a white surface, but if you build it new, it’ll be red or black. However, you always have the option to add the reflective white coating to a new metal roof.

Roof Restoration: A New Roof Alternative

While any of these flat roof types would prove to be an excellent upgrade over an old and leaky roof, upgrading isn’t the only option. Increasingly, business owners are looking to roof restoration as a way to get all of the performance of a new roof without spending the full price.

Our roof restoration system transforms leaking roofs into roofs that are stronger than when they were new — for approximately 50% of the cost of a full tear off and new installation. We back all of our restoration work with a no-hassle warranty that equals what you’d get with a new roof. If your roof is a candidate for restoration, it is the most cost-effective option on the market.

Learn more about what restoration savings can look like.

Learn More about the Best Flat Roof Types on the Market

Now you have a basic look at what to expect from the best flat roof types on the market today. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to discuss your options further and find out if your roof is a candidate for our restoration services, contact us today.

One of the other things that sets Pequea Valley Exteriors apart is that we offer free roof inspections to all new potential clients. Reach out today to request your inspection and to learn the status of your roof!

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