There is no monolithic roofing material. Some materials are more resilient, others are more cost effective, while some still carve a path between the two. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about some of the most common roofing constructs for both residential and commercial roofs.

Composite Roofing

Composite roofing consists of a variety of different materials that are constructed into a product that makes for a solid, common form of roofing. Composite roofing often comes in tile form and is placed on top of an asphalt base. Although composite roofing is often times somewhat expensive, its ease of installation and resilience against extreme weather conditions make it a great choice for commercial buildings.


Shingles are perhaps the most well known out of all roofing materials. Shingles look like flat, small, rectangular "bricks" that are laid atop one of other in a staggered manner. Depending on what sort of roofing job you're going to use them for, shingles are made from a variety of different materials.

Modified Bituman

Modified bituman is often referred to as a "membrane" because it is thin, and covers the top of construct material much like a membrane protects a cell. Modified bituman is popular among commercial building constructs, due to the fact that it is incredibly resilient and can cover a large amount of space and it is incredibly easy to install. The installation of modified bituman can be compared to that of installing astroturf, as one unfurls it and lays it down along a surface in order to install it. It adheres to structures via a specialized adhesive.

Thermoplastic Polyofelin

Thermoplastic polyofelin, or TPO as it is commonly called, is somewhat similar to modified bituman in that it is a membrane-like construct and it is more often than not used during commercial roofing projects. TPO is useful on buildings that have a flat roof, as its membrane structure lends itself to it simply "laying down." TPO is both light and heat reflective, which means that these roofs do not heat up like many other roof constructs do. They are great for commercial, flat roofs that need to remain cool throughout the entirety of the year.

Hopefully, this brief guide has given you some idea of common roofing materials that are used during the construct of both residential and commercial buildings. If you have further questions, it is recommended that you contact a local and trusted roofing contractor.

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