Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Commercial Building

Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Commercial Building

The roof of your commercial building plays a critical role not just in its aesthetic appeal, but more importantly, in its functionality and durability. Making the right choice in roofing materials is paramount in ensuring your property can withstand the elements and the test of time. At Dutton & Garfield, Inc., we leverage over 50 years of industry experience to guide our clients towards making informed decisions that align with their needs, budget, and long-term goals.

Understanding the Options

The market is flooded with a variety of roofing materials, each offering unique benefits. Here’s a rundown of some popular choices for commercial buildings:

  • Metal Roofing: Known for its durability, longevity, and energy efficiency, metal roofing is an excellent choice for businesses looking for a long-term investment. It’s resistant to extreme weather conditions and can significantly lower heating and cooling costs.
  • Membrane Roofing: This category includes TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) roofing systems. Membrane roofs are celebrated for their leak resistance and are particularly suited for flat or low-slope structures.
  • Asphalt Shingles: While more common in residential construction, asphalt shingles can also be used for commercial properties seeking a traditional aesthetic. They provide a cost-effective solution with a variety of style and color options.
  • Green Roofs: Increasingly popular in urban settings, green roofs not only offer excellent insulation and help in managing stormwater but also create a visually appealing and environmentally friendly space.

Factors to Consider

Selecting the right roofing material for your commercial building involves considering several key factors:

  • Climate: The local weather patterns should heavily influence your choice. Materials like metal and membrane are better suited for areas prone to severe weather events.
  • Building Design: The architectural style and structural design of your building will determine the most suitable roofing options. Weight, slope, and aesthetic goals all play into this decision.
  • Energy Efficiency: For businesses aiming to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs, materials like metal and green roofs offer superior insulation and reflectivity.
  • Maintenance Requirements: Consider the long-term maintenance effort and cost associated with the roofing material. Some materials may require more frequent upkeep to maintain their integrity and appearance.

Why Partner with Dutton & Garfield, Inc.?

Choosing Dutton & Garfield, Inc. as your construction partner means leveraging our extensive experience and expertise in commercial roofing. We not only help our clients select the ideal roofing material but also ensure its professional installation and maintenance. Here’s why countless businesses trust us for their roofing needs:

  • Comprehensive Consultation: We begin every project with a detailed consultation to understand your specific needs and preferences, ensuring the chosen roofing material aligns perfectly with your business objectives.
  • Quality Installation: Our team of skilled professionals is equipped with the knowledge and tools to install your chosen roofing material efficiently, adhering to the highest industry standards.
  • Unmatched Expertise: With over five decades in the industry, we bring a depth of knowledge to every project, advising on the best materials and techniques for longevity and performance.


Your commercial building’s roof is a significant investment, and choosing the right material is crucial for its success. With a myriad of options available, it's important to consider factors like climate, building design, energy efficiency, and maintenance requirements in your decision-making process. At Dutton & Garfield, Inc., we’re committed to guiding you through every step of this journey, ensuring your commercial roof meets your aesthetic, functional, and budgetary needs.

Ready to explore the best roofing options for your commercial property? Contact us today and let’s build something great together.