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The Difference Between Industrial and Residential Roofing

To the untrained eye, a roof is just a roof. As long it is well cared for then there isn’t any point differentiating one from another, right? Wrong! Here at Valent Roofing, we want to educate our readers so that they are aware of the key differences between the two leading roof types in the roofing industry so that they can apply the information to their maintenance responsibilities where and when appropriate. Read on to find out more information…


When a roof is constructed, the materials are chosen in advance depending on the climate, budget and roof type. After all, residential and commercial roofs have different requirements that determine the materials that are most suitable. For example, wood, slate, plastic, shingles and ceramic tiles are common residential roofing materials whereas industrial roofing tend to opt for EPDM rubber, asphalt rolls and metal sheets made from copper, aluminium, tin or stainless steel.


A residential roof differs in design when compared to an industrial roof. For example, the latter tends to be entirely flat and much larger which means that it is important to choose a material suited to this design. On the other hand, residential roofs are pitched which means that they have a steep slope that meets in the middle, making them easier to maintain, repair and replace.


As well as being easy to maintain, a residential roof is almost fairly simple to install for an experienced roofer. After all, the only obstacle is the chimney. Contrastingly, constructing an industrial roof is considered a skilled speciality due to the technicalities that have to be taken into consideration. After all, the contactor should be familiar with how air flow systems, external piping and smoke stacks are used in commercial roofing in order to craft a safe and reliable roof.

By taking the key differences into consideration, it is easy to see that industrial roofing and residential roofing are not created equally and that these differences can even shape how you are meant to look after your roof. After all, you can’t repair a commercial roof with asphalt shingles! To find out more information, get in contact with the industrial roofing experts at Valent Roofing today!


Valent Roofing, 500 King’s Rd, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8JT
Telephone: 0161 864 3311
Fax: 0161 864 3322

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