Residential vs. Commercial Roofing


To most people, all roofs probably seem to be the same. However, when you need to get a roof replacement, there are big differences in what you should get depending on whether you are installing it over a residential or commercial building. There are some primary differences to take into account.

One big difference is that commercial roofs tend to be flat while residential ones often come with a pitch. The reason why it is good for commercial buildings to have flat roofs is that they can better accommodate changes in the future. For example, the building owner may want to install an AC unit later in the future, and that kind of structure can easily go on a flat roof as opposed to one with a slope. Commercial buildings also need to take into account additional pipes, smoke stacks and ventilation systems. Residential houses often only need to account for a chimney.


A commercial roof replacement will also be much larger than a residential roof. As a result, a commercial project will take a much longer time to finish. There are more materials to install, and there is more surface area for contractors to check for potential damage.


For some residential projects, only one person will come out to the house to repair or install a new roof. This is not always the case. Most homeowners can expect a team of people to come out, especially if they need to do a total replacement.


It is critical for building owners to install the perfect roof. Some materials are better suited for residential houses. This is important because you need to hire the right roofing company. Some companies only deal with houses while others solely deal with commercial buildings. There are some that can do both, but when you hire a team for your roof replacement, you want to look into the company’s background.