Many people do not realize that residential and commercial roofs face distinctly different challenges. For instance, someone can power wash a commercial rooftop to remove dirt and debris. However, doing that to a residential roof, especially one with asphalt singles, would catalyze wear and erosion. 

Everything from the design, the material, and the installation process differs between residential and commercial roofs. It is essential to understand these variations to determine the appropriate solutions. Here are the three most significant differences:

Roofing Design

The functionality of rooftops differs between businesses and homeowners. Commercial roofs are often designed with low slopes or are entirely flat. Typically, commercial surfaces are larger, too, which requires more consideration when it comes to maintenance.

Residential roofs do not have as many worrying factors. In general, they tend to be more straightforward when it comes to maintenance, repair, and replacements. There is often less need to design around the weight of a residential rooftop as well.

Roofing Material

Each roof requires unique materials. Commercial roofing tends to use sprayed polyurethane foam, restoration coatings, concrete, tar, and gravel, among other elements. This layering creates a dense and substantial rooftop complexion.

Residential roofs often demand a more aesthetically pleasing composition. That can include using metal, clay, terra cotta, and cedar shingles to cover the top of a home. Currently, the most popular option among homeowners in the United States is the asphalt shingle.

Roofing Installation

One of the most significant differences between residential and commercials roofs is the length of the installation. Commercial roofs take longer because they are often more complex and more extensive. Typically they take several days or upwards of a week to put into place.

Residential roofs do not carry the same weight with design and architecture. On average, a new roof can be installed in two or three days (or one day if the roofers are extremely skilled). Of course, part of the installation time depends on the materials being used, as asphalt is much easier to work with than slate or ceramics. 

 

Final Thoughts

While there are many differences between these two roof types, one thing is certain: make sure you have experts handling the project. Seasoned roofers will ensure the highest-quality materials and practices when it comes to designing and installing your roof. Not only will it look up to its potential, but also you will minimize the risk of cracks, leaks, or other potential damage. If there’s one aspect of any commercial and residential building that demands the utmost care, it is the roof. While cutting corners doesn’t have to be detrimental for other aspects of a building, there’s no room for risk in the roof’s regard.

Whether you are looking to install, repair, or replace a residential or commercial roof, Saalfeld has you covered. For more than seven decades, we have assisted homeowners and business owners alike with all their roofing needs. Learn more about what we can do for you with a call today at (402) 430-1554.

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