Most Popular Commercial Roofing Industry Trends For 2020

In 2019, roof replacements were on the mind of businesses over repairs, but will the trend hold? If you have started thinking about your building plans for 2020, it’s not too early to research the most popular commercial roofing industry trends for the upcoming year. By January, builders are also busy exploring factors that will affect business decisions, which is why you will need to be ahead of them when it comes to materials, roof structures, and commercial building techniques.

Popular Commercial Roofing Materials

The commercial roofing material market is on-trend because of industry heavy hitters like GAF, CertainTeed Corporation, Firestone Building Products Company, Owens Corning Corporation, or TAMKO Building Products. These companies are showing much profitability because of roofing materials like single-ply, built-up, modified bitumen, spray polyurethane foam, and metal. While the largest roofing material producers are globally located in the USA, Europe, China, and Japan, the biggest consumers are located in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Commercial Building Techniques

There are two types of roofing systems that builders and roofers use, which are low-slope and steep-slope roof structures. Low-slope generally includes materials that are fire-resistant, waterproof, and UV blockers. Steep-slopes roofs typically use materials that shed rain or snow. The difference between the two is if the slope measures higher or lower than fourteen degrees.

  • Low-Slope Roofing

There are primarily five low-slope roofing system classifications that are built on angles measuring at 3:12, or fourteen degrees or below grades. The material is typically are waterproof because of local climate conditions, reinforced, and have fire-resistant protectant layer surfacing.

  • Built-Up Roofs (BUR)
  • Metal
  • Polymer-Modified Bitumen
  • Single-Ply (EPDM, TPO, or PVC)
  • SPF


  • Steep-Slope Roofing

There are six material classifications for steep slope roofs, which are built at a 3:12 or higher grade. Steep-slope roofing materials are installed as pieces, such as tiles or shingles, which add fashionable elements to homes. Sleep-slope roofs also have three components: the roofing deck structure, an underlying protectant barrier, and a rooftop covering to shed rainwater.

  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Concrete Or Clay Tiles
  • Metal
  • Slate
  • Synthetics
  • Wood Shingles


Commercial Roofing Trends

The most common industrial roofing material used on commercial property is EPDM, PVC, TPO, and metal. The most common roofing trends are flat roofs and low-sloped roofing.

  • Flat-Roofs


Flat-roofs are less inexpensive than pitched or steep-sloped roofs simply because we use fewer materials and have fewer square feet to cover. There is also an abundance of materials we can use on a flat roof, including PVC, EPDM, modified bitumen, and TPO. You can also pick and choose your colors and styles, which makes it a popular trend that will continue into 2020. Your workers will also have easier access to clean and perform maintenance.


  • Low Sloped-Roofs


If you are building a large residential building, a factory, or an industrial warehouse, a flow-sloped roof structure allows for more natural watershed activities, and it is also less expensive because of square-footage. Because of its structure, it is less likely to need lots of water-removal maintenance thanks to sound waterproofing materials like TPO, EPDM, and modified bitumen.

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