Roofing systems, whether commercial or residential, have one main purpose, and that’s to protect your home or business from the elements. Since its main function doesn’t change, it’s easy to assume there may be no difference between these two roofing types.

Knowing these distinctions, however, allows you to care for your roof the right way. Premo Roofing, highlights the key differences between commercial and residential roofs below:


The most noticeable difference between commercial and residential roofing is in their design. Commercial roofing systems are usually flat because it makes them easier to install on larger structures.  

Residential roofs usually have a slight slope, which is easier to install for smaller roof spaces offered by residential properties.


Differences in their structure mean the repairs may vary. Unfortunately, not all roofing contractors are trained for both commercial and residential roofing. Those that specialize in one type only, may not have the right knowledge and equipment to deal with the other. However, those who have experience with both can help you in choosing the best roofing repair options.


When selecting your material, make sure you consider its maintenance requirements, your budget and the weather conditions in your area. These can narrow down your options, allowing you to choose the best one for your property.

Materials which are budget-friendly for larger spaces are preferred for commercial buildings. Other than cost, strength of material also matters for commercial roofs.

Residential buildings often have much more flexibility and can choose eco-friendly options, including asphalt shingles. Due to smaller roofs, these options remain much more cost-effective for residential properties.

Turn to Premo Roofing for all your residential or commercial roofing needs. We can guide you through each one’s features and recommend the ideal material for your property. Call us at (831) 443-3605 to schedule a consultation. We’ll even offer you a free estimate.

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