Commercial vs. Residential Roofing

When it comes to roofing, it may seem like it’s all the same. A roof is a roof, right? Nope! There are actually several big differences between a roofing job for a residential home and a commercial building. Your roofing experts at the Lake of the Ozarks offer services regarding both commercial and residential roofs, and we’re excited to share our knowledge. If you have any questions about residential or commercial roofing, or if you have a roof that needs repairs, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Design 

Even the very basis of commercial and residential roofing begins differently. First of all, they are different types of buildings. One, people are actually living in. The other is typically much larger and needs to accommodate more different people. Although, they both do the same job, which is protecting the people below.

The most common roofs for residential properties are pitched gable or hip roofs. When you think of a residential home, it’s more than likely the roof that comes to your mind first. Residential roofs tend to be easier to install and create, and typically the only obstacle might be a chimney or solar panels.
When it comes to commercial roofing, pitched roofs are much less common. A typical commercial roof tends to have a low slope or is entirely flat. Commercial roofs are generally significantly larger than a residential property, making them more difficult to design and install. Unlike residential roofing, commercial roof designers often have to take into consideration distinct design barriers such as built-in drainage systems. They also have to accommodate for the potential additional weight from air conditioners and piping.

Materials

In some cases, the materials used for residential roofing and commercial roofing are entirely different. Although some commercial roofs might use the same materials as a residential roof, the size of the roof will also be a major factor. The materials that we use here at Above & Beyond Roofing include three-tab shingles, architectural shingles, cedar shake shingles, tile, and metal. The way the structure holds the roof also depends on what type of material the roofer will choose to use. It’s important to have an experienced and trusted roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks on the job!

Maintenance

Flat roofs and pitched roofs will require varying levels of maintenance and will develop different issues. Flat roofs, often used for commercial roofing, will require more frequent inspections to make sure there is no ponding water or flashing deterioration. Commercial roofs are difficult to install and require in-depth knowledge of specific details such as external piping, drainage, and air-flow systems. Because commercial roofing requires such knowledge, it’s important that you hire an experienced and knowledgeable roofing company. Residential roofing doesn’t require as much or as frequent maintenance, but it still requires regular inspections to make sure there are no underlying issues.


There are many more differences between commercial and residential roofing, but Above & Beyond Roofing has experience in all areas! Your Lake of the Ozarks roofer wants to make sure you get the best service possible. If you need a residential or commercial roof at the Lake of the Ozarks or have any more questions about either, give us a call at 573-280-7159 or an email at benabovebeyond@gmail.com. We’re excited to help you out with your next project!


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