Differences Between Commercial and Residential Roofing

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✓ When you look at a home or business, chances are you notice a few things about the structure. You may see the size of the building and the landscape surrounding it. But when was the last time you stopped and looked at the roofing?

✓ The roof often gets overlooked when talking about residential and commercial buildings. But even if you know what you’re looking for in one, you may not know what to keep an eye out for in the other. These differences make the two roofs unique.



The pitchch of Residential Roofs and Commercial Roofs  

✓ The roof’s pitch is how steep of a slope it has. A roof will vary in slope based on its design. Residential and commercial roofs can be the same, but generally, they are different in structure. 


Residential Roofs

Residential buildings tend to have pitched roofs. These roofs are called steep-slope roofs, which according to OSHA, have a slope of 4:12 inches or more. Residential roofs are mainly constructed with asphalt or slate, but cedar shake shingles are just as common. You can also get roofing in metal shingles or tiles.

While there are more common materials to construct your roof, the plethora of options allows you to customize your residential roof however you like. The options available will leave you deciding which material is the best for you.


Commercial Roofs

Commercial buildings typically have flat or low-sloping roofs. Flat roofs make sense because they are both cheaper and easier to install. Flat roofs require less overall maintenance over time, making them cost-effective. A flat roof also serves as storage space for equipment used to run the building, such as air handlers and rooftop units.

Unlike residential structures, commercial buildings are generally less concerned with curb appeal and aesthetics. Commercial roofs are more utilitarian than their residential counterparts.



  Cost of Commercial Roofs vs Residential Roofs  

✓ The cost of a roof can vary greatly. There are some factors to consider when determining the cost of a roof. The size of the building is one major factor to consider when pricing a roof. The material also plays a part in the roof’s price. 

✓ Generally, you will pay more for a commercial roof than a residential one due to the size difference. The size is not the only thing that dictates the price, though. A commercial roof requires a more solid structure to support the equipment. 



  Timeline For Construction of Residential and Commercial Roofs  

✓ While there is no standard time frame for a roof to be completed, certain things must be considered. For example, weather plays a role in the length of the construction time.

✓ Residential roofs can usually be completed in a day or two if it’s a simple job. The number of angles, facets, and the degree of pitch all play a part in the total time spent. If any unforeseen circumstances arise, then the time may be delayed.

✓ Commercial roofs are different when it comes to their construction time. A commercial roof may take a few weeks to more than a month to be constructed. Like a residential roof, installing a commercial roof has outside factors affecting construction time.




✓ Roofing and other building materials are different for residential buildings compared to the roof at your local big box store. The two sometimes look the same, but the differences exist if you know what to look for.

✓ For the best roofing in Port Charlotte, FL, contact Property Renovations and Construction, LLC.

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