Homeowners or business owners do not always give much thought to roofing until there is a problem. To the average person, there may seem to be little difference between a residential roof and a commercial roof. There are, however, some critical differences between these. That is why you need a trained, knowledgeable roofing contractor who knows and understands the differences.
When you have or suspect you have a leaking roof, it’s imperative that you choose the right roofing company. You certainly want to get the proper materials and design for your home in your area, in terms of climate, exposure, purpose, and style. For those reasons, you want the services of a company that understands the differences between commercial and residential roofing.
The Purpose of Roofs
Primarily, of course, the purpose of a roof is to protect our homes and commercial structures from rain and other natural elements. In addition to protection from inclement weather, residential roofs are visible and homeowners today have many decorative choices. Having an attractive roof can help a home appear more desirable to you and to others, and when a homeowner decides to sell, it can increase the value significantly.
Commercial roofs are normally above the line of sight, so appearance is less important. Most commercial roofing is designed for function. It is business like and little or no consideration is given to decorative colors or patterns. Nevertheless, there are many options available for commercial roofing as well, and your professional roofing company can help you understand the differences, according to your specific needs.
Since most commercial roofs cover larger areas, they have to be strong enough to carry the weight of ancillary equipment that has to be considered in most commercial installations. These roofs may have the weight of heating and cooling systems, large signs and other installed equipment or pipes. Another consideration is that most commercial roofs are flat in design and being flat, requires more maintenance, as water is more likely to pool.
Residential roofs are normally sloped. They allow rain and snow to slide easily downward. This type of construction also makes a residential roofing relatively easy to install. Aside from the chimney, few obstacles obstruct the workers’ path during installation and many residential roofs are installed within a day.
A commercial roof frequently presents more obstructions. There can be external piping, smokestacks, cooling and heating installations, communication equipment and other obstacles depending on the type of business being conducted at a given site.
To ensure the right materials and installation abilities, it is necessary to find the right roofing company. Every pipe is a place for a leak to potentially start. The right roofers make sure that these installations are properly taken into consideration to ensure that the entire roof will remain intact and leak free for years to come.
When you need a new roof for your commercial or industrial building, you should call Adco Roofing and Waterproofing. You’ll see that you’ve made the right choice in choosing a roofing contractor with the experience, the reputation and the ability to handle the most complex installations or repair.