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If you have a commercial building that either has a sloped roof (non-flat) or you’re having a commercial building built that will have a sloped roof, you might be considering commercial roofing shingles. That is, regular asphalt shingles but for your commercial building.

Can you use shingles on your commercial building

That depends. If you don’t have a flat roof, yes, you can use asphalt shingles.
If you’re not venting oils, fats, and greases, yes. Asphalt shingles are fine.

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When to use commercial roofing shingles

  • If the roof pitch on your commercial building is greater than 3/12 or 14º. (Roof pitch is; how much does the roof rise vertically for every 12″ of horizontal distance. A 3/12 pitch roof is a roof that rises 3″ at 12″ of horizontal distance.)
  • If other commercial buildings around yours have or will use shingles.
  • If you want or need a roofing material that initially costs less.

Asphalt shingles cost the least, initially. If money is your primary, upfront concern, choose regular, everyday asphalt shingles. If spending the least over the long haul, a metal roof should be considered. Although a metal roof cost twice as much as an asphalt shingle roof, it can last twice as long, however. Therefore, a metal roof for your commercial building is worth considering. Keep in mind, there are metal roofing products that resemble asphalt shingles, as well as slate or tile.

When to not use commercial roofing shingles

  • When your roof is less than 3/12 pitch/14º
  • If you will be venting oils, greases, fats, or other flammable substances to the roof, such as a restaurant might do, shingles are not for you. Instead, choose PVC since it is fire resistant and doesn’t break-down nearly as fast as asphalt shingles do when exposed to grease, oil, and fats.

What type of asphalt shingles are best for my commercial building

Most business or commercial building owners don’t want to spend a fortune, yet want a product or material to last long. With those two factors in mind, the asphalt shingles we recommend for commercial buildings are impact resistant and high wind resistant, such as Owens Corning’s TruDefinition Duration series. CertainTeed also makes great asphalt shingles for commercial use. We recommend these roofing products because, although they cost more initially, they last longer than your basic 3-tab roofing shingles, and they have longer warranties. See Are Impact Resistant Shingles Worth the Additional Cost.

What are the benefits of asphalt shingles for a commercial building

Cost

The primary benefit of asphalt shingles, whether for commercial or residential use, is cost. They are the least expensive roofing product.

Repair

Another benefit to asphalt shingles is that, if a section of your asphalt shingle roof has been damaged, depending upon the severity, it can be repaired. If only a section has been blow-off, those shingles can likely be replaced.

Versatile

Lastly, asphalt shingles are versatile.

Because asphalt shingles are relatively small, at roughly 1′ x 3′ per shingle, a small area can be covered. Additionally, since they are made of fiberglass, a shingle can easily be cut, to accommodate any shape of roof. What’s more, they are flexible, so a shingle can be bent, for example, over a round roof deck.

Summary

Shingles aren’t for every commercial building’s roof. They’re great for small buildings, such as a doctor’s office. If you’re wondering if an asphalt shingle roof is right for you but are unsure, contact us.