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What are the Differences Between Residential and Commercial Roofing?

What are the Differences Between Residential and Commercial Roofing?

If it is time to consider replacing the roof on your home or commercial building, you may be wondering what the difference is between the two. After all, a roof is a roof, right? That’s not exactly true. The difference between a roof installed on a residential home can vary greatly from one put onto a large warehouse or other commercial structure.

What are some of the things that you must consider when comparing a residential and a commercial roof? Here are the main considerations to think about.

The Materials Used

Roofing materials can vary greatly depending on the size of the structure, its use, design elements, and even the weather. For instance, most commercial buildings are very large, which can impact the type of roofing materials used. But size isn’t the only thing that must be considered.

The slope is important as well when deciding on the kind of new roof to install. While residential homes usually sport a pitched roof, commercial buildings are usually flat or low sloped. That is why many commercial buildings often sport one of these styles instead of the traditional shingle style of a residential property:

  • Built-Up Roof
  • Metal Roofing
  • Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)
  • Tile Roofing

Design and Style

Residential homes usually require a certain “look” that fits the neighborhood. This may mean using colored shingles or a certain type of wood. Meanwhile, commercial buildings may opt for the more industrialized look of EPDM rubber roofing or a layered Modified Bitumen style that is easier to install and is more durable in the commercial environment.

Maintaining any kind of roof can be time-consuming and costly. But, those costs rise considerably on a commercial building. That is why property owners must consider the maintenance required for different kinds of roofing products.

Obstacles to Consider

There certainly is a lot to consider when choosing a roofing style for your commercial building. While residential roofs usually only need to worry about accommodating a single chimney and maybe a few small vents, commercial roofs have to be strong enough to withstand the weight of various machinery and other obstacles.

Since air conditioning units are often housed on commercial building roofs, along with piping and smokestacks, these structures must be built in a way that can withstand the weight and heat of these obstacles, as well as can be easily maintained around them.

Maintenance

Maintaining any kind of roof can be time-consuming and costly. But, those costs rise considerably on a commercial building. That is why property owners must consider the maintenance required for different kinds of roofing products. While a standard shingle roof may look better on some buildings, the cost of maintaining such a large area with this type of material might be cost prohibitive for the business.

What Kind of Roof Do You Need?

Now that you know a bit more about the differences between a residential and a commercial roof, you may be wondering which kind will work best on your building. Get all of your questions answered by the experts at Rosie’s Roofing and Restoration. Call today for a free consultation and estimate.

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