Residential VS Commercial: What are Roofing Options?

Residential VS Commercial: What are Roofing Options?

Are you planning to install a new roof or want to renovate your older one? Do you have any confusion regarding domestic /commercial building roofing options? If the answer is yes, then you have landed at the right place to get all the information. For this purpose, we will discuss all roofing options for residential and commercial projects. 

The most important part of a house is the roof. There are various reasons behind it as it will protect the house interior and residents from environmental challenges /elements found in the air. The professionals in this field advise taking roofing services from experienced professionals. I have seen that experienced professionals have the credibility to complete roofing projects within time and budget. These experienced service providers have all the quality materials available in their warehouses.

If not they will buy it locally or internationally as they have a wide network of vendors. These professionals buy all quality materials and give you a warranty over them. Along with that, they also deliver insurance for the labor and property damages. So, if you face any injury with the labor during the project running or any vandalization happens to the house, they will cover the cost in insurance. 

As discussed above, we will talk about various roofing options for both residential and commercial buildings. But before depicting light on this issue, here are several questions that came to the mind of customers. The answer to those questions will explain all necessary details regarding roofing options.

  1. What is the difference between commercial building roofing and house roofing? 
  2. What are various roofing options for domestic and commercial buildings? 
  3. Which roofing option is best for house and commercial building roofing?

Differentiation between Domestic & Commercial Building Roofing:-

Every roof has its unique style, fitting requirement, and durability. We have discussed above that roof fitting demands professional service providers. The materials quality /guarantee, labor injury, and property damage are the main reasons. 

Domestic and commercial building roofs are different because of building size. A commercial building mostly requires low-sloped or flat roofs that required maintenance /inspection on time. In contrast to commercial buildings, the design of domestic roofs carries fewer concerns. A commercial building roof comprises of flat and metal /membrane roof, while domestic roofs are steeper. The most common materials used in residential and commercial roofing are Metal Panel Roofing, Asphalt Shingles, and Single-ply membranes. 

The installation of domestic roofing is a simple process. But professionals advise using expert services for commercial building roofing. The reason is that commercial building roofing covers several aspects, including piping /airflow and systems, etc. 

Roofing Options For Domestic & Commercial Buildings:-

The primary function of both domestic and commercial building roofing is to keep your property away from damaging elements. There are many differences between domestic and commercial roofing but the most distinguished one is the slope of the roof. The area and size of the domestic building are smaller, steeper slopes, and visible from the ground. Most of the residential buildings use tiles, asphalt shingles, slate, and other materials. Commercial buildings are larger than residential buildings. The commercial building roofs are mostly flat, slightly sloped, and are not easily visible from the ground level. 

There are many options regarding domestic and commercial buildings. In this section, we will only discuss various options and in the coming sections, we will discuss which roofing options are best and why. We will have a detailed discussion over it in the coming sections. 

Talking about the various roofing options for domestic buildings. After the research conducted by our team, we have come up with several domestic roofing. But they differ from each other based on durability, price, color, design, fitting, and longevity. We have found out that domestic building roofing includes Asphalt Rool, Built-up Roofing, Composite Asphalt Shingles, Wood Shingle, Wood Shake Shingle, Standing-Seam Metal, Clay /cement, and Slate.

If we talk about commercial building roofing there are several commercial roofing types, including Metal Roofing, Built-Up Roofing (BUR) Membrane, Green Roofing, Spray-On Silicon, Thermoset EPDM Roof Membrane, Thermoplastic PVC & TPO Roof Membrane, changed bitumen, single-ply (TPO, PVC, and EPDM), and Shingle Roofing.

Best Roofing Options for Domestic & Commercial Buildings:-

If we talk about domestic roofing, then Asphalt Shingles is most commonly used in the USA. Henry Reynolds invents asphalt shingles in 1903. The average age of Asphalt Shingles is 25 to 30 years. But if it is maintained properly, its life will prolong. There are many advantages of Asphalt Shingles that have made it the most usable roofing type for domestic usage in the USA. 

Advantages of Asphalt Shingles:-

Following are the major benefits of Asphalt Shingles:-

  • Asphalt Shingles are easy to install and are more inexpensive than other types of roofs.
  • Asphalt Shingles carry a variety of colors, textures, and styles. Its wooden, cedar, and slate option make it a more purchasable roofing type.
  • Asphalt Shingles help to reduce energy costs in summers as their eccentric design reflects sunlight away from home.
  • Provide water-resistant support. 
  • Require less maintenance than other types, mostly metal and concrete. 
  • These Asphalt Shingles have fewer leakage problems as well as they are neither too heavy nor too light. 

Now coming toward commercial building roofing, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is the most commonly used roofing material. It was first introduced in 1962 but became popular in the 1970s. The average lifespan of EPDM is 30 years if it maintains properly. I consider EPDM the most affordable and easily available material. One of the major benefits of EPDM is that this roofing type is light, reflects sunlight, and is good in insulation. 

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Advantages of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM):-

The most advantages of EPDM are:-

  • EPDM is affordable as compared to TPO, PVC, and metal materials. EPDM is also easy to install and has a low installation cost.
  • As compared to other roofs of commercial buildings, EPDM roofs require less maintenance. But it is advised to schedule EPDM maintenance after a year to increase its life.
  • EPDM durability improves if I install properly it. The average lifespan of EPDM is 30 years but if it is maintained, then its UV resistance allows it to last till 50 years.
  • EPDM is a rubber membrane that made it resilient. It can resist extreme weather ranging from -58° to 302°.
  • EPDM is most energy-efficient, as it reflects heat and keeps the building interior cool. It also helps to move heat and vapor out of the building. Second, it also plays a role of an insulator by keeping the building warm during winter. EPDM doesn’t allow the moisture to enter inside the building which minimizes heating costs.
  • EPDM is considered the most environmentally friendly roof for commercial buildings. When EPDM roof lifetime ends it can replace easily as well as recycled into the new roofing material. 


We have debated all the options available for both commercial and residential building roofs. We have identified all types and discussed the best suitable roofing material for commercial and residential buildings. In this discussion, we have found out that the best roofing option for the residential building is Asphalt Shingles. While for the commercial building roofing, I advise it to install Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM). I discuss all the advantages of these materials above. I advise it to install this roofing through an experienced roofer. The reason behind this is the work history, license, warranties, and insurance they provide during the project.