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Commercial Roofing vs. Residential Roofing: Understanding the Differences

Apr 08, 2024

When you’re considering an investment in a new roof for your home, it’s important that you partner with the right contractor for the job. As you’re looking for a team you can trust, it’s important to keep in mind that commercial roofing and residential roofing have some stark differences, and you need to find a team of residential roofing specialists with the expertise and skill to handle your project. Knowing the differences between the commercial and residential roofing projects can help, of course, so let the pros at Roofing Done Wright walk you through them.

What Are the Inherent Differences Between Commercial & Residential Roofing?

So, what differences are there between commercial and residential roofing systems? Consider the following:


Of course, commercial buildings tend to be much larger than residential properties in terms of square footage. That means commercial roofs must not only cover more square footage, but they must also support the extra weight and size of the building. Not only that, but they tend to have very little or no slope. Flat roofing makes a lot more sense for a big building, after all, as they need to accommodate HVAC blowers, industrial pipes, skylights, and other types of ventilation and air conditioning mechanisms.

Conversely, residential roofs are pitched and have a higher slope. The only time anything really sits directly on the roof is when you have solar panels, and the only openings in a residential roof tend to be with chimneys, vent stacks, or sometimes skylights. That makes for a completely different composition and look between the two.


Commercial roofing often involves materials that make for a flat or low-pitched surface, and these materials don’t really work as well for residential roofs. They’re often covered with options like single-ply coverings such as PVC TPO, or EPDM, sprayed polyurethane foam, tar and gravel, or modified bitumen. There’s also the insulation, decking, protective coating, and reflecting coating that tends to be present on commercial buildings.

On the other hand, residential roofs typically feature a roof deck—created by nailing plywood to wooden rafters—and a protective underlayment that precedes the installation of shingles, shakes, or tile.

Installation & Maintenance

Because of the size associated with commercial roofs, their installation and maintenance requirements are a lot more strenuous. Commercial roofs are more complex and installations can take weeks, whereas residential installations can be completed within a few days due to their simpler nature.

Maintenance and repairs also greatly differ between commercial and residential roofs, and different skill sets are typically required. That’s why working with a team of residential roofing experts for a project at your home is the better choice.

The Right Team to Rely On for Your Residential Roofing Needs

When the time comes for a residential roofing project at your home in Georgia or Florida, there’s no better team to call than Roofing Done Wright. We offer expert roof inspections, repairs, and replacements, and we’re fully licensed and insured. Countless homeowners have counted on us for their residential roofing needs over the years, and upon choosing us for your project, we don’t think it would take long for you to find out why our reputation is so spectacular.

If you’re ready for a residential roofing project at your home in Georgia or Florida, contact Roofing Done Wright today.

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Roofing Done Wright was great to work with. On time, professional and 100% satisfied with my roof and gutters.
Mike P.
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Jonathan and his crew did an exceptional job! He far exceeded my expectations. Thank you, Jonathan!!
Marsha S
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Terry B.
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Ken P.
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I was very happy with the professionalism and thoroughness of my representative that worked with me from beginning to end. I was very happy with the services and consultation advice throughout the entire project.
Susan C.
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Solid company that I refer my Real Estate clients to for all their roofing needs! Ward and Paul are AMAZING to work with. They are punctual and very accommodating. I have and will continue to recommend them.
April R.
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As a Realtor, I rely on professionals like Paul McCalla to inspect roofs when listing homes and when I have a buyer. Paul has also worked on my personal Home roof. He is always on time ,explains the issues and honest.
Kay M.
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I have gotten to know Matt Hopkins and Roofing Done Wright through my networking group. Matt is an outstanding guy who only operates with honesty and integrity. This roofing company is more concerned about customer service and taking care of people than they are the bottom dollar. They understand putting the customer first and they guarantee their work. Give them a call!
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This company is a well oiled machine! They are professional, efficient, reasonably priced and good communicators. I am on the HOA Board in a condo complex and they completed over 62 units for our community in a timely manner. I have already recommended them to two people. They are awesome!
Freedom M.
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As a Property Management company, we interact with a great deal of contractors daily. One stands out above all the others. Ward Metcalfe and his team are amazing to work with. They always arrive when they say they will and get the job done on time. Good contractors are hard to find and I am glad we found them! Thank you!
Success Real Estate Brokers
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Gatekeeper manages several hundred rental homes, and I own several dozen houses myself. Ward Metcalfe at Roofing Done Wright is our "go-to guy" for residential roofing. Quality is significantly better than the others we have tried. Customer service working with insurance companies is just great. He has saved us thousands. Ward Metcalfe is simply a good guy to boot! He really knows roofing.
Brett V.
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Jonathan Holiday, the contact, was very responsive, professional, and delivered everything he said he would. His crew, Jacob, was excellent. Everyone was so personable, showed up, and they knew exactly what they were doing. Roofing Done Wright came highly recommended and they did not disappoint.
Randy H.
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All of the requests that I asked to be done, Roofing Done Wright actually went above and beyond.
Ari K.
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This company did a great job! I would definitely hire them again. Houston helped us pick out everything for our new roof and gutters. He was great. He knows a lot about the roofing business and was very helpful. Skyler was the onsite supervisor when our new roof was installed. He was also great and very knowledgeable. We are very happy with our new roof and gutters.
Rod C.

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