The Differences in Residential and Commercial Roofing

The Differences in Residential and Commercial Roofing

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Unless your business is in a former home, chances are good that your commercial roofing is different than that on your home. These differences include things like installation to materials and slope. Every building is different and every home is different, but there are things that common to every home and every commercial building.

Choosing the Material

The slope of the roof partially influences the roofing material. Some homes have flat or low slope roofs but that’s more the exception than the norm. Any building with a steep slope roof has the options of the following roofing materials:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Tile roofing
  • Metal roofing
  • Shake
  • Slate

The most common flat roofing choice for commercial roofing is TPO, followed by EPDM, Mod-Bit and PVC roofing. A low slope roof can have metal roofing or one of the flat roofing options.


A roof replacement on a home may take as little as one day for an asphalt shingle roof. Tile roofing and some metal roofs take a bit longer, but on average, it takes less time to replace a roof on a home than on a business. Part of the reason is the size of the roof, but another reason is the steps involved. Whether you’re talking about an asphalt, metal or tile roof, it needs to be removed first. Next, repairs will be made to the roof deck. Then new underlayment and roofing material is applied and you’re finished.

A commercial roof replacement can involve days or removing old roofing matter, multiple repairs from inside and outside the building and then application of the new roofing material. Depending on the type of roof, seams may need to be sealed. Sometimes, building owners add a roof coating on top of the new roof to increase solar reflectivity or to maximize the life of the new roof.

Residential or Commercial Roofing, We Can Help

If you have a home or commercial building, Russ Noyes Roofing can help with all your roofing needs. We offer the leading brands and materials for your roof replacement. We have skilled teams ready to complete your job in a timely manner properly. If you’re looking for a residential or commercial roofer, call us at 407-388-7700 or fill out our contact form today.

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