Attracting customers to your business requires experience and finesse. Not only should your product or service stand out and be prime, but so should your building. To do that, you need a facade and a good roof that looks appealing and stays strong amidst weather fluctuations. There are multiple roof types to accommodate your building’s structure and your personal preferences, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.


The cheapest option on this list, asphalt still manages to be one of the most popular choices for commercial use. Instead of the asphalt shingles used in residential homes, asphalt rolls are placed along low-slope commercial roofs, helping to make them waterproof. Unfortunately, they’re not the most durable, nor are they the easiest to maintain. Luckily, asphalt installation will only set you back about $1,500 to $5,000.


While sometimes not the most visually appealing, metal roofs protect against inclement weather, fire, and rust. They can be made from tin, aluminum, stainless steel, or other metals. The standing seam variety is the most popular since it hides unsightly fasteners. Metal is durable and long-lasting, making it costlier than asphalt. Installations can range from $2,000 to $15,000.

Rubber (EPDM)

Ethylene propylene diene monomer (otherwise known as rubber roofing) is another solid option for your commercial roof. Able to withstand UV rays due to its black coloring, rubber also insulates well, drains efficiently, and is less vulnerable to cracking. Like metal, however, it’s sometimes not the best-looking material. Costs can vary in the mid-range of $6,000 to $12,000.


Of the four choices listed here, slate is one of the most aesthetically pleasing. Available in multiple colors, it also lasts longer than its competitors. Slate is easy to maintain and incredibly water-resistant. Due to its many benefits, it’s also the most expensive to install, totaling $5,000 to $23,000 at the higher end. Repair costs can also add up quickly since slate requires special installation knowledge and expertise.

Choosing the best roof for your business takes time, effort, and plenty of research. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each type will help make your decision a lot easier. Midwest Roofing can help with your decision on your next commercial roof. We have expert knowledge and offer a variety of roofing options with competitive prices. To learn more, contact us today!