Commercial vs Residential Re-Roofing Process – What’s The Difference?

Roof Replacement

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Commercial and residential re-roofing are complex processes, requiring varying certifications and materials. If the roof of your office building or home has endured its share of the South Florida sun and heavy rain, and requires a re-roof, the process will vary depending on the roofing type. Though both commercial and residential re-roofing processes have many similarities, there are also some important core differences that any business or home owner should be aware of.

Residential Re-Roofing

Residential roofing is used on homes and small buildings, where aesthetics and style are important factors. Residential roofs often have steep slopes, and are covered in tiles or shingles of varying shapes and colors. The process of re-roofing ranges from a day to a few days to complete, depending on the size of the roof and weather conditions. It is best to choose a drier time of year as the rain can obviously cause delays.

The process of residential re-roofing is done in the following steps.

  1. The walls and plants surrounding the immediate property are covered in protective tarp.
  2. The removal of the damaged roof takes place.
  3. The roof frame is inspected for damage and rot.
  4. Roofing specialists decide if any other action needs to be taken to repair or replace any parts of the roof that aren’t structural safe.
  5. Once full inspection is completed the roof is installed appropriately with the utmost care and scrutiny. It is important not to miss even a single nail in the installation process, as this will affect the longevity of the roof.

It is important to remember that a roof with chimneys or other exterior additions may increase the time spent on re-roofing. Once the roof is completed, a final inspection is made and all debris, tarp and building materials are removed.

Commercial Re-Roofing

The process of re-roofing a commercial building differs from a residential roof in that much larger areas require covering, and usually with completely different materials. Commercial properties tend to have a flat or low sloping roof, and can therefore be covered in BUR (Built up roof membranes), modified bitumen, or singly ply, instead of the small tiles or shingles meant for residential homes. These roofing substances are laid down in large sheets or are completed in phases that cover large areas, taking a longer time and requiring more labor.

A roof for a commercial property is also different because it has different stress loads on the building than a residential roof. It takes an experienced and certified roofing company to understand these different stress loads along with other complex systems that can be found on a commercial roof such as piping, airflow systems, and any other extruding parts. Each roof is different, and not all the same adhesives work on all roof types. ABC Roofing Corp. ensures that work done on your roof is completed to the highest standards – each step of the process is analyzed before moving to the next one.

Contact ABC Roofing Corp. with any inquiries about your residential or commercial roofing needs. From repairs to roof replacement we’ve got you covered. Family owned and operated, state certified, and serving South Florida for over 30 years.

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