Comparisons of Materials for Roofs

If your building needs a new roof, it can be hard to decide which material is the best kind to use, since there are so many out there. At ABR Construction, we can take a look at your existing roof and the needs of your business and help you find the perfect material for your new roof. Read on to see some comparisons of materials for roofs.


Metal roofing is probably one of the most popular types for commercial roofs because of the many different types. Metal roofs offer a finished, attractive, and polished look which many businesses can benefit from. In addition, they have great fire-resistance, which is great for a wide variety of industries. However, because metal roofs are susceptible to rusting, it’s important to add protective layers to help the roof resist sun damage and other environmental factors.

Built-Up Roofing Membrane

Built-up roofing, which is often referred to as BUR, is a common commercial roof that’s made from tar and gravel. This type of roof is very flexible based on needs and costs, and it can have a varying number of layers to suit the business’s needs. This is one of the most cost-effective and durable materials available.

Modified Bitumen

Modified bitumen roofing is cut and installed in layers similar to BUR. Maintenance on these types of roofs are exceedingly simple and can usually be handled within our scheduled preventative maintenance program. If your roof is going to be experiencing a lot of foot traffic, this material is a perfect option.


Thermoplastic roofing systems provide excellent resistance to most chemicals, including oils, animal fats, and bacteria, as well as punctures, tears, and UV light. These roofs are also very lightweight and reflective. Because their ventilation systems often emit oil and fats, restaurants often benefit greatly from these types of roofs.

If you’re still not sure which material is right for your business’s roof, we’re here to help! With almost 40 years of experience, we can help you find the roof that perfectly matches the needs of your business. We are conveniently located in Nicholasville, Kentucky and proudly serve the surrounding areas, including Lexington, Danville, Richmond, Mount Sterling, Georgetown, Hazard, Pikeville, Somerset, Liberty, and London, KY. Call us today for all of your commercial roofing needs!