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The Industry Standard for Commercial Roofing in Manhattan

When your business is looking for commercial roofer in Manhattan, L&M Roofing is the roofing company you can trust. By spending the past 45 years providing exceptional services from Fairfield to Westchester County, L&M Roofing has become a standard for commercial roofing services that use the highest quality of materials in the industry and do so with the professionalism and reliability that you should be able to expect from your roofer.

Our professional staff is based in Westchester, NY and in 45 years of business has developed a well-known expertise for providing our commercial client in the Manhattan and surrounding areas with the best roofs for their building’s needs. The types of quality roofs our roofer are experienced providing include:

  • single ply
  • built up modified roofs
  • garden roofs
  • green roofs
  • and metal roofs.

When deciding on a roof for your business or residence, it is essential to know a bit about your roofing options so you can approve the appropriate material and design for your building.

Single Ply Roofing in Manhattan

L&M Roofing offers three options for Single Ply roofs, which are:


EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a highly durable option for single ply roofing. Ethylene and propylene are the main ingredients that make up this synthetic rubber membrane. This highly durable material is resistant to sun, weathering, and abrasion which makes it ideal for any climate. Some of EPDM’s most appealing traits are:

  • It does not become brittle do to low temperatures.
  • Resistant to UV radiation
  • Unparalleled resistance to thermal shock
  • Superior resistance to cyclic fatigue
  • Resistant against hail damage
  • Resistance to moisture absorption
  • Can last up to 50 years

This option is available in either black or white. The color choice you should make depends on the climate it will be subject to. Black EPDM is intended to convert UV rays into heat, while white EPDM reflects UV rays and help protect the polymers.


TPO (thermoplastic olefin) is an excellent material choice for a commercial single ply roof in Westchester County and the surrounding areas. This synthetic rubber compound can be fused together like a plastic PVC membrane. Fusing seams makes them 6 times stronger than a glued seam and 3 times stronger than than seams that are taped. Since the seams are generally known to be the weak point of rubber roofs, it is very impressive that it is suddenly the strong point for TPO roofs.

Additionally, white TPO reflects almost 87% of damaging UV rays off of the roof rather than allowing them to be absorbed and transferred into the building which can reduce the cost and strain on your air conditioning.


PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is an excellent option for single ply roofs because of the following notable characteristics:

  • Longevity
  • Durability
  • Temperature and weather resistance
  • Flame resistance
  • Cost effective
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance

The seams of PVC roofs are made with heat-welding which makes them the strongest point of the membrane. This type of roof should last from 20 to 30 years with virtually no need for maintenance. Additionally, the reflective properties of white PVC roof can lead to up to 40% savings on energy every year, which can lead to tens of thousands during the lifespan of your roof.

Built up and Modified roofs in Manhattan

It can be daunting to decide on a roof type for your new commercial roof. Built up roofs are the most common type of roofing in commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. L&M Roofing uses the following two types of built up and modified roofs:


APP (atactic polypropylene) is a thermoplastic polymer that is added to a roofing bitumen and used to create a high performance membrane which is ideal for any built up and modified roof in Manhattan. The enhanced design of this membrane provides increased resistance the the damaging effects of UV rays. Additionally, this membrane has increased flexibility at low temperatures and resistance to high temperatures which helps to prevent temperature related damage, making it an ideal choice for built up and modified roofs in Westchester County and the surrounding areas.


SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene) is used to modify asphalt by forming a polymer network within the bitumen, giving it a rubber-like characteristic which improves the sheet’s resistance to aging and weathering, making it an excellent choice for your commercial roofing needs in Manhattan.

Green/Garden Roofing in Manhattan

The Green and Garden Roofing options available from L&M Roofing for your commercial roofing needs:

Garden Roof

For those looking to get more out of their commercial roof, a Garden roof in Manhattan is an excellent way to take advantage of otherwise wasted space. A Garden roof can take the empty, open space of your roof and turn it into something beautiful. In addition to being beautiful to look at, a garden roof also lasts 3-4 times longer than a typical roof. The plants work to protect the surface membrane from weather conditions and UV rays which prevents them from breaking down. Additionally, this protection from absorbing UV rays can also reduce cooling and heating cost by up to 50%.

Garden roofs also serve as a solution for environmental factors such as stormwater management. The garden can absorb between 20% and 100% of precipitation in the summer month to reduce the strain on waste water drainage and pollution.

Modular Roof

Pre-planted modular trays are perfect for those who don’t want to wait to see their roof covered in beautiful vegetation. These trays are simply set in place directly on top of the waterproofing membrane. These carry with them the same benefits of a built up garden roof.

Fluid Applied Waterproofing

Based on experience, L&M Roofing recommends fluid applied waterproofing to provide a reliable foundation for your garden roof. This waterproofing is easy and quick to apply with little to no odor. This system helps to detect leaks before they have the opportunity to become a real problem.

Metal Roofs in Manhattan

The best metal roofs for commercial buildings:

Copper Roof

Copper roofs are ideal for businesses in the Westchester County and Fairfield County. This is an economical, long-term roofing solution as its attributes include:

  • corrosion resistance
  • durability
  • long life
  • low maintenance
  • radio frequency shielding
  • lightning protection
  • sustainability

Standing Seam Roof

The most common type of metal roof. Some of the most common types of metal for standing metal seam roofs are:

  • Galvanized steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Terne (zinc-tin alloy)
  • Stainless steel

Standing metal seam roofs are a very durable roofing solution, they will not rot, split, crack, dry-out, chip, warp, or leak, unlike all other common materials.

Pick the right commercial roof for your business

Here at L&M Roofing, we want to help you ensure that you make the right choice of roof for your commercial building. Contact us today by filling out the contact form found on this page or call (914) 937-1030 and we will guide you through this important decision.

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