3 Differences Between Residential and Commercial Roofing

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When it comes to roofing projects, there are some major differences when it comes to residential roofing vs commercial roofing. For the most part, people consider roofs to be interchangeable depending on the type of building, but there some aspects of both commercial and residential roofing that are unique to each type of roofing. Below, we will discuss the major differences between residential roofing and commercial roofing, and why it is important to be aware of these differences when you’re looking for a high-quality roof.

Residential Roofing vs. Commercial Roofing

1. Major Differences

Let’s go over some of the more obvious things that differentiate residential roofing systems from commercial roofing.

  • Residential Roofing System

A typical residential roof for a home usually requires some straightforward installation and maintenance. Typically peaked roofs on houses in cities like Vancouver are common all over BC, and they often require similar designs and roofing materials to finish the project. For the most part, a standard residential roofing project is easier and poses fewer challenges with obstacles on the roof compared to a commercial project.

  • Commercial Roofing System

Commercial roofing on the other hand takes a lot more skill and experience compared to residential roofing projects. There are many more types of commercial buildings commonly found in BC, and they all require a different type of roofing material and application. From flat roofs to large scale metal roofs, multi-tiered buildings and more, there is a lot for commercial roofers to consider during any given project. When it comes to commercial installations and repairs, most people feel comfortable hiring a professional roofing service rather than tackling the job themselves.


2. Roofing Materials

As we mentioned above, there are some standard roofing materials that are common to both types of roofing projects, but more often than not materials vary from project to project.

  • Residential Roof Materials

A typical residential roof will often be constructed using shingles made from asphalt. In other instances, you may also see wood shakes or metal installed on a residential roof.

  • Commercial Roof Materials

Commercial roofs also vary when it comes to the materials used, but there are some roofing materials like PVC and EPDM membranes which are rarely seen anywhere but a commercial flat roof.


3. Roof Design

When it comes to the design of the roof, we typically see the biggest differences when comparing residential roofs to commercial roofs.

  • Residential Roof Design

For the most part, residential roofs are designed with peaks and steep slopes for fast drainage and to prevent debris from building up on the roof.

  • Commercial Roof Design

The design of a commercial roof will vary from place to place, but roofers often have more considerations when dealing with the design of a commercial roof.

These considerations include equipment placement, installation methods and maintenance requirements once the roof is completed. For the most part, residential roofing designs are far easier to deal with compared to commercial roofs.


When it comes to either roofing project, you want to be sure that you are working with quality experienced roofers who will get the job done to your complete satisfaction. At Taves Roofing, we pride ourselves on providing top quality Vancouver roofing services to both residential and commercial customers. Contact us today to get started on your next residential or commercial roofing project!

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