Commercial v Domestic Roofing


Commercial vs Domestic Roofing

It’s always easy to believe that commercial and domestic roofing is the same, just on a different scale, but it isn’t. There are quite a few differences between commercial and domestic roofing, below are the main differences between the two types of roofs.

Design of the Roof

One of the main differences between the two is the design of the roof. Commercial roofs tend to be either completely flat or have a slight slope, this is due to them being easier to build on large scale projects, such as shopping centres and hospitals. Commercial also requires much more attention and has a shorter maintenance period. Domestic roofs often tend to have steep slopes and the design isn’t limited, like the commercial roof is. Maintenance is also easier as there isn’t a lot of pressure on the structure and it remains in better condition for longer.


This also means that the materials that are used differ, and when deciding on these materials, it’s always best to consider the following:

  • The budget
  • Differing weather conditions that the material has to withstand
  • Maintenance costs – roofing materials

There are a lot of different roofing materials available for both domestic and commercial roofs, but the above three points make each material suitable is specific projects. Some materials may only be used for commercial roofs as they are typically stronger and their ability to cover wider areas with fewer costs. Although, both roofs do use asphalt shingle as their main roofing material. Domestic roofs, including residential homes, use eco-friendly roofing materials which in some cases cannot be used by commercial roofs as they are not cost effective.

If you are unsure on which roof to get, it is always best to contact a roofing provider so you can receive their professional opinion and what will be best for your project.