Not all roofs are created equal. There are a number of different factors that classify a commercial roofer versus a residential roofer. Below we evaluate the main differences between the two.
Asphalt, tile, slate, wood, and metal are all typical roofing materials and may be used in either commercial or residential roofing projects. Commercial roofing projects more than often consider cost the most important factor and turn to lower priced materials that cover wider areas to be most cost effective. Commercial roofs are larger and require more maintenance than a residential roof so picking a suitable material with this in mind is usually the first step for a commercial roofer. With budget in mind, commercial roofers turn to materials such as the asphalt shingle and stronger materials like modified bitumen and Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer that will last for longer periods of time. Residential roofers have a wider variety of eco-friendly roofing materials to choose from.
It is easy to think that commercial roofs are the same as residential roofs, just on a larger scale, but this is not the case. Commercial roofs are typically flat or have the slightest slope because these types of designs are easiest to build on larger structures like shopping centers. Commercial roofs usually must factor in the weight of equipment and possible snow weight during the winter months as well. Residential roofs allow for steeper slopes and thus have more options. Due to commercial roofings flatter and larger scales, their maintenance schedule is more often than those of residential roofs that are easier to keep in good condition.
Residential roofing is typically straight forward and does not vary much from roof to roof. Commercial roof installation, on the other hand, require experts knowledgeable about external piping, air flow, etc.
Obviously, commercial roofs are often more expensive overall than residential roofs purely due to their differences in size. Commercial roofs also require more expensive tools and protection equipment than residential roofs need.
Because of the differences listed above in commercial and residential roof types, contractors also vary. Contractors not experienced with commercial or residential roofs may not be able to fix any problems that arise with your specific roof type. It is always important to check with a contractor on their work history before hiring for a job type they may not feel comfortable in. Most larger roofing contractors have plenty experience in both roof types, but some smaller companies may not have the expertise needed in one area or the other.
EMA Construction’s qualified roofers are able to advise you on whether a commercial or residential roof is best for you. We recommend based on your needs and make sure you’ll get the most life out of your roof and best value for your dollar.