Commercial roofing is for businesses, and residential roofing is for homes—the difference is right there in their names! While their purposes might seem like the sole difference between these two roofing types, putting a lid on a commercial building is quite different from doing so on a home. Knowing a bit of what goes into each particular roofing task can help you better select a contractor for your needs, as the two require very different skill sets and priorities. 

Below, Intelligent Design Corporation, your Maple Grove roofing company of choice, is here to describe in further detail what separates commercial and residential roofing jobs.

Commercial Roofing Tends to Have no Slope

Of course, this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule; few things in business and home restoration are. That being said, it’s far more common to see flat-topped commercial buildings than it is to see a flat-topped home. The latter tend to have gorgeous, steep slopes adorning its exterior, while the former tends to be much more subtle in the cosmetic sense. 

Why? This, in part, has to do with the roofing materials commonly used for each application. Homeowners often enjoy showing off their investment’s good looks, and many of the shingles that are popular in this respect require steep slopes to shed water. Flat roofs are also generally more affordable, which can be advantageous to a business newly starting out.

Commercial Roofing Is More Practical

Both residential roofing and commercial roofing protect what’s beneath them—that’s the whole point, after all! However, it’s much more common in the industrial sector for looks to take a backseat to efficiency and affordability. EPDM roofing, while it’s not much to look at, for example, is supremely resistant to all sorts of damage. According to the EPDM Roofing Association, this includes UV, abrasion, and more. 

This isn’t always the case, though. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for businesses to have sloped, lovely-looking roofs, especially if they’re in the service industry.

Residential Roofing Is Faster to Install

This, of course, varies from project to project; any roofing company will tell you that each job is unique. However, because commercial roofs tend to be larger (when have you seen a business smaller than a home?), they can take weeks to install properly, while residential roofing can sometimes be completed in a matter of days.


Intelligent Design Corporation: Multi-Skilled Maple Grove Roofing Contractors

No matter the job—residential or commercial—we’ve got just the experienced staff to get it done right. Give our Maple Grove office a call today at 763-315-0745.