Commercial Roof Vs. Residential Roof: How Are They Different?

Even though you might be able to find a roofer that does both, there are very big differences between commercial roofing and residential roofing. Depending on which service you need, it is important to make sure that you hire a contractor with a clear understanding of the differences in pitch, materials, and installation. Here’s what you need to know.

Differences in Pitch

Homes are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, not just functional. That’s one reason why they require so much regular maintenance. Because homes come in so many different shapes and sizes, so too do roofs. Most residential roofs are very steep, while commercial roofs are mostly flat or very nearly so. Commercial roofs need to be flat to accommodate equipment and the like.

Differences in Materials

Shingles can be used for any type of roof, commercial or residential, but they are much more common in residential applications. Most often, commercial roofs are made of metal sheeting because it is extremely durable and can be easily cut around obstacles on the roof. Some commercial roofs are covered with a single-ply membrane in addition to or instead of other roofing materials.

Differences in Installation

When you are installing a roof on a home, you’re probably only going to be having to go around one chimney or flue, if that. But when a roof is installed on a commercial building, there are likely to be exhaust vents, power generators, and other equipment to work around, requiring more skill and precision.

If you are ready to take the next step in getting your commercial roof serviced, contact us today for our professional commercial roofing services.

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