How Residential and Commercial Roofs Differ

roof under construction with stacks of roof tiles for home building

El Paso Roofing has years of experience in both commercial and residential roofing. As you’ve probably noticed, many businesses have a flat roof design, while most homes have a sloped roof, but why? Why don’t business roofs look like residential roofs or vice versa? Well, this article will go over the basic differences between the two types of roofs. 

Characteristics of Residential Roofing

The pitched look of a residential roof has several functions. The shape allows for more room within the house for a second floor, attic, or insulation. This design also allows for easier water runoff but is harder to maintain than a flat roof. Over the long run, however, pitched roofs need less maintenance. Problems with the roof are also much easier to spot than for a flat roof.

Commercial Flat Roofing

First, flat roofing is never actually flat. Water would be trapped on top and damage the roof. Instead, there is just a more slight slope than what would be on a residential roof. This makes the roof easier to access and maintain regularly. Water abatement systems typically help with water displacement, and HVAC servicing is also easier than in a residential home.

El Paso Roofing Can Do It All

Whether you need commercial or residential roofing services, you can count on El Paso Roofing to get the job done. Contact us today to get one of our expert roofers out to your location! 


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