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When it comes to roofing, both commercial and residential, there is a lot that goes into these specific roofing services. While it may seem like it is all similar to one another, there are various differences that you should be aware of. Unless a roofing company specifically states that they specialize in both commercial and residential, you shouldn’t hire a residential contractor to do a commercial job, and vice versa. Lucky for you, here at Sparks Roofing, we specialize in both commercial and residential roofing. Today, we will discuss the differences between the two so that you can have a better understanding and know exactly what you need. Keep reading to learn more and connect with us directly for more information.



When it comes to roofing materials, it will vary depending on what type of roof you have. Think about it: residential roofs tend to be similar when it comes to shingles, the underlying material, and other aspects. This is especially true if you’re in an area or a neighborhood where all the homes were all built by a specific company. Unless you’ve custom built your home or requested that your roof be made out of a different material, like metal roofing, your roof is probably made out of what everyone else’s roof is made out of. While our roofing contractors will help assess and figure out what material you need, residential roofing tends to be less industrial than commercial. Of course, you’re still protected from the harsh elements, sun damage, and everything else, but your home’s roof will be different. Commercial roofs are usually made out of more industrial materials, like hard metal and are also usually laid flatter than residential roofs. 



Depending on the type of roof and the size of your home or building, you will most likely have vast amounts of labor costs differences. Typically, commercial building spaces are larger than personal residential buildings but you should budget for these differences. Budgeting both time and the cost of labor to finish a project can help you keep a realistic idea of what you are going to need and how much it will cost you. If you’re unsure, we offer free roofing estimates, so you know exactly what you’re getting into before committing to anything.


Time of Projected Finish

When it comes to commercial roofing, there are other things to consider. For example, let’s say that you need commercial roof construction for a building that not only houses your business but others as well. You’re also probably renting from the building and will also need to get the landlord or commercial space permission to get this type of construction going. It may take some time to get everything in place, which means that the projected time of your project being finished may take longer than it would with a residential home. When you’re needing residential home roofing, usually all you need to do is find a time that works with the company’s schedule and your own, giving you more control over the time. Make sure that you’re aware of the projected finish time. 



Commercial roofing and residential are different, which is why they are going to have different costs. Commercial roofing may need more people to work on it to get the job done, which may mean that you’re going to have to pay more for labor costs. You may also have to pay for the difference between the materials and other things. It is best to always receive an estimate and even over budget that cost. While we do our best to give you the initial cost upfront, there are things that can pop up that may cost extra. It’s always best to give yourself a bit more wiggle room than to be stressed out about the budget. Our estimates are always upfront and honest, we never give you hidden fees or try and charge you more. If you’re needing an estimate, reach out to us directly and we’d be more than happy to assist you.


Type of Damage

While roofs should be serviced to maintain their integrity, many times, people are in need of roofing services due to various forms of damage. Whether a strong wind storm knocks particles off your roof, you’re experiencing a leak, or fallen debris has damaged your roof, we can help. Depending on the damage and depending if you’re going to need commercial or residential, all the areas we just discussed may vary. While they might be needing different things, they still can be easily taken care of. 

We hope this helped clear up some of the differences between residential and commercial roofing. Sparks Roofing professionals is your go-to team for residential and commercial metal roofing systems and shingle roof systems. When you search for “metal roofing professionals near me,” you will find that we have locations scattered throughout Tennessee, like Cheatham County, Clarksville, Montgomery County, Nashville, Springfield, Sumner County, and White House. Our roofing experts get the job done right, so you can rest easy at night knowing that the roof over your head has the proper flashing installed with it. Whether you are interested in metal roofing or shingle roofing for your home or commercial business, we are here to help! Contact our team for an estimate.