Flat or Low-Slope Roofing Material Options for Industrial Buildings

industrial rubber roofing

Industrial buildings are among the highest revenue earners in the commercial sector. Unlike other buildings, a significant percentage of the buildings is dedicated to manufacturing. They consequently produce substantial humidity and heat that can significantly lower your roof’s service.

To minimize the frequency of your need for commercial roof repair here in Salt Lake City, you need to carefully choose the roofing system for your industrial building and its installation. The typical choice for a durable industrial roof is a low slope or flat design.

Here are the materials you can choose for your industry’s flat or low-slope roof.


EPDM {ethylene propylene diene monomer} is commonly called rubber roofing. It is an inexpensive, easy to install and lightweight material. EPDM roofs last for an average of twenty years. The roof was only available in black in the past and thus increased an industry’s cooling costs since it absorbed solar heat.

Thankfully, there are now lighter EPDM roofing colors which mitigate this issue.


SPF {spray polyurethane foam} consists of a type of plastic which changes from liquid to solid when applied and expands on drying. A multi-layered SPF roof has a considerable tensile strength, and its reflective coating reduces your industry’s cooling costs.

It lasts for at least 40 years with proper maintenance. SPF roofing is, however, expensive and difficult to remove when being replaced.


BUR {built up roofing}, hybrid and modified bitumen roofs are the primary categories of asphalt roofs. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Asphalt roofing systems, however, only last for approximately ten years and are not as energy-efficient as other materials.

Cost-saving measures are an integral part of a thriving industry’s operation. The above roofing systems will significantly lower the money you spend on cooling and repair, maintenance and replacement of your industry’s roof.

Routine quarterly inspections are vital since industrial operations and equipment might discharge elements which accumulate on the roof and shorten its lifespan or damage it.