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Different Flat Roof Systems

As the owner of a roofing company, you get to decide what roofs you choose to work on. One of the questions we get frequently is “should I switch to commercial roofing?”. Though this is a personal decision, there are many benefits to consider with commercial roofing, as well as a couple of drawbacks. 

First and foremost, perhaps we should discuss what are the main differences between the two. 

Commercial vs. Residential Roofing

In the most basic definition, a “commercial” roof is one that sits over a business, rather than a personal home or multi-tenant building. For most, that would include industrial buildings, strip malls, hospitals and the like.


Residential homes tend to have steeper slopes, and are primarily shingle, tile or metal.  In this case, your clients are families, with little or no knowledge of roofing or how business truly works. Residential roofs tend to be smaller than commercial roofs and can be very labor-intensive. On the positive, there are a lot of them.


Commercial buildings are frequently flat roofs, and may involve single-ply membranes, coatings, EPDM, gravel, metal and other options, including the same shingles and tile you see in residential roofing. Your clients are business owners or property managers. Though they also may have little knowledge of roofing, they do understand business. That can be a real plus when a material shortage or weather issue causes delays. They are generally significantly larger than residential roofs and the work involved can be far less labor-intensive. Also, the profit margins are better in most cases. However, there are fewer commercial buildings than homes in the U.S


For more info: https://www.choiceroofcontractors.com/commercial/flat-roof-repair/

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