The roof above a house and that on a place of business are not the same. The differences between residential and commercial roofs range from service life spans to the materials used in construction.
Your local roof repair contractors at YES Contracting Services share the key differences between residential and commercial roofs.
The materials used to construct residential and commercial roofs vary and usually depend on the roof pitch and the weather conditions where the property is located. Commercial properties usually have low-slope or completely flat roofs, which means things like TPO, EPDM and built-up roofing are the materials of choice.
Residential properties usually have mid to high pitches and this means the “classic” roofing materials – wood, asphalt, tile and slate, are the preferred roofing materials.
Operating Life Spans
Differences in material also mean the two differ in service life spans. Commercial roofing systems typically last longer due to the nature of the properties they’re installed on. There are exceptions, though; metal and slate are two long-lasting roofs for residential properties that even rival their commercial counterparts.
Commercial roofs take into account one structural detail that residential roofs don’t: the drainage. This is due to the fact that most commercial properties have flat or very low-slope roofing, which means shedding water is more difficult and it’s easy for puddles to form on the surface.
Keep in mind that residential roofs, by design, do have drainage but they aren’t built-in. Rather, they take the form of gutters which, while part of the roof, is still separate from the entire structure and can be changed as you see fit.
At YES Contracting Services, we offer complete roofing services – from roof repair and replacement to gutter installation. We’re experts at servicing both residential and commercial roofs. Call us today at (423) 702-4000 to learn more about our services. We are local roof repair contractors in Johnson City and Kingsport City, TN.