Here at Industrial Roofing Roofing Contractors we understand that the decision to replace your roof is not one to be taken lightly, and the variety of available options doesn’t ease the anxiety either. There are so many factors to consider, for example the structure of your home, the weather, or most importantly, your budget. In our experience there are three main roof types in Philadelphia that homeowners gravitate towards. 

Having worked in the area for years and having installed many of these roofs ourselves, Industrial Roofing Contractors can confidently advise on what the most common roof types in the city are: 


Flat roofs

Flat roofs are our speciality and you’ll be surprised to learn that they’re a popular roofing choice not just for commercial buildings, but for residential homes too. They’re suited to dry, sunny climates like Philadelphia’s, and the materials commonly used for flat roofs include metal, gravel and modified bitumen. In our experience, a flat roof is easier to maintain and repair than most other roof types. There is also no threat of losing shingles or boards as a result of strong winds, since the roof is a solid body made with materials impervious to winds. 


Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles is the most common roofing type for good reason. For their affordability, they are also durable, can maintain a long lifespan and are very versatile in terms of aesthetics. Certain types of shingles, like architectural shingles, allow for customisation in a range of shapes and sizes too. 

They are a common choice especially for sloped roofs, and work well for traditional, classical home designs. 



Metal roofing has progressed in leaps and bounds to become one of the most viable roofing options for Philadelphia homes. Not only is it extremely versatile, but it is also able to mimic the look and feel of most of the premium roofing alternatives, such as clay and slate for example. Metal will set you back more than other asphalt shingles or flat roofs from the outset, but you’ll save in the long run thanks to its superior strength and durability.