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Muscle ShoalsAL 35661
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The Difference Between Residential and Commercial Roofing

The Difference Between Residential and Commercial Roofing

Whether it's time for a routine inspection or you are concerned about water damage after a storm, you can’t ignore learning about roofing construction. 

Keep in mind also that commercial rooftops have different requirements than residential ones. When planning for your next inspection, you also might want to consider structure layers that preserve energy and control humidity. 

The Materials

Both residential and commercial roofs in the United States may consist of similar materials. However, business sites and industrial buildings are often made of sheet metal, versus homes most often made of asphalt. 

Treated wood, ceramic slates or concrete might also be used on commercial buildings. However, more innovative solutions also include energy-efficient substances such as EPDM, TPO and modified bitumen for commercial insulation or membrane layers. 

A growing commercial roof trend also includes the placement of solar shingles. This adds to the possible increased harnessing of natural energy that ordinarily would be lost in your building walls. Roofing layers of business structures also reflect UV rays and repel water. In addition, you have coatings such as the vapor control layer that blocks excess moisture and decrease humidity. 

The Design

A commercial roof typically includes elements not present on most residential homes. Therefore, they are usually built flat rather than sloped, accommodating vents and smokestacks versus chimneys. 

Business building rooftops also usually require planning around external piping. Additionally, the sections are almost always larger, and they oftentimes consist of more layers than residential roofs.  

Rooftop Weight

Rooftops usually require heavier-duty support beams than residences. Installment also involves the use of heavier hardware such as larger nuts and bolts versus nails. The overall structure must safely hold all heating, cooling, ventilation and piping systems along with the protective and climate control layers that make up the roofing. 

A commercial roof typically includes elements not present on most residential homes. Therefore, they are usually built flat rather than sloped, accommodating vents and smokestacks versus chimneys. 

Maintenance Required

During your next scheduled inspection, you will find out if wear, tears, leaks and cracks are present. Your inspector will also identify the presents of moss and algae, mold, and debris accumulation. Excess water puddles occurring after heavy rainfalls will be pointed out to you if they exist. 

After finding out the condition of your roof, you can take the next step in restoring it to optimal conditions. Cleaning out troughs and drains is a part of this procedure after inspecting the removal of all unwanted buildup and water. 

Hire A Detailed Inspection ASAP

MG Roofing, Inc., a commercial roofing provider serving North Alabama, will personally walk on your roof for you. We make a note of any problems we find that have occurred after a storm. If no storm or other emergency has occurred, we recommend you have your business rooftop looked at at least one to two times a year. 

Are you due for a professional evaluation of your roofing system? If so, schedule your inspection as soon as possible.