Homes or businesses with a flat roof don't need to waste a lot of money on elaborate slate shingles that won't have the gravity required to keep the shingles in place. Suitable roofing material abounds for flat roofs and since it isn't visible from street-level, won't be an eyesore. The type of roofing you go with depends largely on your budget and simple personal preference.

Here are a few of the best roofing options for a flat roof home or business that you can discuss with your roofing company.

Built-Up Roofing

Built-up roofing, or BUR, contains multiple, alternating layers of materials that are paired together for maximum performance. The layers include bitumen such as tar or asphalt, a surfacing layer made of gravel or a similar material, and insulating fiberglass sheets in-between.

The multiple layers of materials make BUR an excellent waterproof material on a flat roof, which doesn't always drain off rainwater as effectively as a more sloped roof. BUR is also a decent insulator as it blocks out the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

One of the downsides is that the complicated install process can drive up the price of BUR. And the roof can suffer wind and hard rain damage if the elements are able to get between the layers.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has come far as roofing technologies improved and standing seam roofing was created. Standing seam metal roofing comes in long strips that connect together at vertical seams that are connected with fasteners. The setup takes the weakest part of a roofing material – the seam – out of the equation by raising it up.

Standing seam roofing is fairly durable but can be dented by hail or flying debris. The metal can be painted, but it's also sold in a variety of colors, which means you can install lighter-colored panels for better energy efficiency.

Rubber Roofing

One of the best types of rubber roofing for a flat roof is ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM, which is a type of synthetic rubber. An EPDM roof is done in a single layer. The roofers will apply an adhesive, lay the EPDM, then install PVC seams and fasteners.

EPDM roofs are energy efficient, good insulators, and weather resistance. The roofs are low-maintenance in general and easy to fix when problems do occur. Due to the thinness and easy installation of the material,

The main potential downside of EPDM is that any areas that the roofing has to be cut around, such as a chimney, can be less water-resistant than the rest of the roof.

Contact a local roofer, like Allen Roofing & Construction Inc, for more info.