Size, materials, tenants, and roofing systems are some of the many differences between residential and commercial roofing. Designing a roof for a house is a much smaller project compared to designing a roof for a large apartment complex or strip mall. Here are some of the nuances to commercial roofing you might like to know:
- Size. Obviously, there is a size difference between someone’s home and a strip mall (unless it’s a billion-dollar mansion of course). Commercial roofing is usually for larger structures, whereas residential roofing is used for smaller structures. The more roof to cover, the more complicated things get due to the varying designs. Having a qualified commercial roofing specialist is key to determining your commercial roofing system.
- Materials. The roofing materials vary depending on the structure, weather, budget, and size. Residential roofs are commonly made of asphalt shingles or concrete tile. Additional material choices for commercial roofing include metal, modified bitumen, thermoplastic polyolefin, and more.
- Tenants. The people and belongings being protected by the roof differ between residential and commercial roofing. If you own an office building, the roof could be protecting employees and expensive computer equipment. If you own an apartment complex, ensuring your roof’s safety can prevent tenants’ complaints. Considering who and what is protected determines the needs of a roofing system.
At the end of the day, a roof is meant to protect your structure. At Apex Commercial Roofing, we have specialized in commercial roofing due to these differences. If you want to learn more about commercial roofing, contact us today!