Which Roof is Best for Your Building?

Roofs and the roofing materials that make them come in numerous types and makes. Each of these have a certain set of features, characteristics, and properties that best fit the particular needs of each individual building. Factors such as cost, service life, aesthetics, the building’s structural integrity, and prevailing weather conditions, among other things, need consideration in choosing which type of roof and roofing shingle will best fit your home and provide for your roofing needs as best at it can.

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The term flat roof is actually a misnomer, since they usually have a slight, hardly noticeable incline to help drain off water. Flat roofs are common in commercial buildings because of its many advantages. It provides room for equipment such as air conditioning units to be kept out of sight and out of the way. Slope roofs also make it easy to install additional roofing fixtures such as solar panels, even rooftop gardens. The relatively flat surface also makes it easy if ever you choose to build an additional story on your building.

Metal & Standing Seam

The different types of metal roofs provide different options which can work best is certain situations and the needs of specific types of buildings. They also help in keeping down the building’s heating costs by keeping it warm during cold days and cool during sunny weather. But perhaps the most attractive reason for a business to have a metal roof installed is its long service life, which can last up to 30 years and maybe more.

Metal Roofing


Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing systems are one of the common types used for flat at low slope roofs. Being one of the least expensive roofing options in the market, TPO is ideal for business owners on a budget. Even then, having a TPO roof doesn’t mean you’ll be skimping on quality, since they are great insulators that keep the building’s heating costs down. They are also highly resistant to punctures and are watertight if installed properly.

Rubber Roofing


Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofs are similar to TPOs in that they are mostly made from rubber. Like TPO EPDM roofs are much less costly than other roofing system options out there. EPDM is also waterproof and puncture resistant. They also bounce off ultraviolet rays and keep the building warm during cold weather and cool when the outside is hot. The basic difference between TPO and EPDM roofs that will have the greatest weight for your business is its lifespan: TPO lasts up to 20 years while EPDM can protect your building for 30 years. Semper West’s roofing crews are experts in all aspects of these roofing options. As professional roofing contractors, we can provide you with all kinds of commercial roofing services you and your business might need. Our more than 30 years in the industry means that whatever your roofing and construction needs may be, we at Semper Roofing can and will do it right the first time.

As a roofing company and as a business, we understand the needs of your business. Let us at Semper West Roofing become your partners in expanding your business by providing you with the best roofing and construction solutions that you may need. You can call us at (301) 874-9055; Our staff will be more than happy to help you out.

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Which Shingle is Best for Your Building

Our Certified ShingleMasters can give you their personal recommendation for which shingle is best for your building. Simply call or schedule a visit to learn more!

Certified Architectural Laminated Roofers

Architectural Laminated

These shingles are thicker and have a distinctive, textured appearance. They come in wider variety of colors, subtly variegated color patterns, have greater resistance to uplift in a windstorm, and have a heavier granule covering. ~ 30-Year Service Life

Asphalt Roofs
Certified Slate & Slate Composite Roofers

Slate & Slate Composite

​Slate Roofing Tile is generally known as one of the highest quality, longest lasting roofing materials on the market. It's a natural stone product, giving it a unique, beautiful appearance, and the longevity that slate is famous for.​ ~ 50-Year Service Life

Slate Roofs
Certified Cedar Shake & Shake Composite Roofers

Cedar Shake & Shake Composite

​Properly installed shakes provide long lasting weather protection and a rustic aesthetic, though they require more maintenance than some other more modern weatherproofing systems. ~ 30-Year Service Life

Cedar Shake Roofs
Certified Metal & Standing Seam Roofers

Metal & Standing Seam

Properly installed, a metal roof should last as long as the house, sealing out water, surviving high winds, and easily shedding snow. A standing seam metal roof system is one of the most durable and weather-tight roof systems available in the industry. ~ 50-Year Service Life

Metal Roofs
Certified Flat, TPO, and EPDM Roofers

Flat, TPO, and EPDM

Flat and low slope roofs look attractive on a wide range of architectural styles, especially on modern homes and buildings. Many traditional style homes also have sections of flat roofing, such as on porches/balconies, garages and over shed dormers. ~ 20-Year Service Life

Rubber Roofs
TPO Roofs

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Semper West customer service was wonderful and very friendly to talk to, and the job was fast and professional now the siding look as new without replaced the new siding as most contractors recommend. Kudos to Jonathan Carswell for excellent job and pro quality work. Looking forward to work with this company in the future.

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