What is the best material for commercial roofing?

Posted on by Protech Roofing Team

When building a roof for a commercial property, it is vital that the material chosen is something which will allow for the roof to be both low-maintenance and highly durable. With this in mind, we recommend some of the best roofing materials for commercial builds and what it is that makes them so suitable for a number of different commercial premises.


Metal roofing is an extremely durable solution, offering a high level of resistance against all elements and conditions. Metal not only has the benefit of durability, but is also extremely eco-friendly, being recycled when it is replaced. The only downfall of metal is its price, which compared to other materials comes out more expensive. For steel or copper materials on your roof, the prices can be particularly high, so it is always important to consider the potential price of the metal you have chosen before going ahead with a project.


One of the oldest materials available, slate is easily recognisable on a variety of properties due to its distinctive look. An extremely versatile roofing material, slate can be laid out in a number of ways to create different patterns, a real benefit for those wanting to achieve a certain look at their property. Slate is also durable, although it is a fairly breakable material which makes maintenance work such as gutter cleaning and painting difficult for anyone without considerable expertise in roofing practice.

Clay tile

Clay tiles are an extremely popular choice for a variety of commercial projects thanks to their durability and the low maintenance required to keep them in great condition year-round. Not only do they hold these benefits, but they also provide a great aesthetic. Their downfall is only their weight, which due to being so great often requires that roofs have an extra support beneath them; something which bumps up the overall cost of having a new roof put in at your commercial property.

Concrete tile

Often chosen over clay, concrete tiles are cheaper and lighter than clay tiles but still have their beneficial properties of high levels of durability and ease of maintenance. Concrete tiles have even been adapted in recent times to avoid their previous issues of discolouration and material curling, which used to be the downfall of this particular material for use on commercial roofs.

Asphalt shingles

Probably the most commonly used material for residential roofing, asphalt shingles are made from organic paper fiber matt or fibreglass, both of which offer resistance to the elements at an inexpensive price. The material is not, however, particularly durable, making it a lesser choice for a number of commercial buildings which the owners do not wish to tend to on a regular basis.

Wood shingles and shakes

Wooden roofing has the benefit of creating huge savings on energy bills thanks to its insulating properties as well as its ability to allow properties to breathe. However, wood requires high levels of maintenance, as it is prone to rot and decay, making it a less preferable option for commercial builds.


Here at Protech Roofing, we are proud to provide a number of high quality commercial roofing materials to suit your premises’ individual requirements as well as your own. For more information on any of our products or services, or for any other enquiry, get in touch with our friendly team of experts today. We’ll be happy to help answer any questions you may have, and will do what we can to provide you with the roofing solution you need at a great price for your property in Leeds.

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