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Commercial vs. Residential: How to Maintain Your Commercial Roof

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Are you thinking about replacing the roof on your family's home? Perhaps you require a newer, stronger roof for your business building? The design, materials, upkeep, and installation costs of commercial and residential roofs differ immensely. Which is why it’s important to hire a professional roofing company to maintain and repair your roof.

Here at JMR Roofing, we want to be upfront and honest with all our customers—trust is our number one priority. In this blog we’ll discuss the difference between residential roofing and commercial roofing, along with the importance of proper maintenance from a service like ours. 

What Are The Primary Distinctions Between Residential And Commercial Roofing?


The design elements of a commercial and residential roof are one of the first distinctive contrasts. Commercial buildings are often bigger in square footage than residential structures, and the roof must bear the additional weight and size of the structure. Residential buildings, on the other hand, have a pitched roof with a steeper slope that is easier to install. In this case, rain water and debri easily roll off your roof, potentially causing less damage. By hiring roofing contractors who understand your roof design, they’re able to properly maintain and assess any current or future damage.

Materials Used

Commercial and residential roofs must be composed of durable materials depending on size, exposure to elements, design, and other criteria. This is done to assure the roof's optimum lifespan while also making it versatile and simple to maintain. Commercial roofs, for example, have a bigger surface area and include features such as ventilation and air conditioning. The materials chosen must support this design and last for a longer period. Both residential and business roofs must be constructed using long-lasting materials such as:

  • Ceramic, asphalt, tile, or slate shingles
  • Solar shingles
  • Wood Shakes
  • Metal roofing


Because commercial buildings have larger square footage, roofing upkeep is more difficult. Keeping your gutters clear at all times, particularly in the autumn and winter when debris can cause clogs, is highly important. Roof shingles or metal roofing may begin to degrade over time, especially in adverse weather conditions or over exposure to sunlight.

You should conduct regular checks to ensure that everything is in working order. Because they are smaller in size, residential roofs are easier to maintain, but they are also easy to inspect for damage. You may replace any damaged shingles and unclog the gutters yourself as necessary.

Looking After Your Commercial Roof

Replacing a roof can be an expensive investment, especially if it’s on a commercial building. When you own a commercial building, one of the very last things you want to deal with is problems with your roof. Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent major issues from happening. Taking preventative measures will save you the cost and hassle of replacing your whole roof. 

Some areas you should focus on include: 

  • Regular inspections
  • Using high-quality materials
  • Snow removal
  • Make repairs quickly
  • Prepare for seasonal changes
  • Clear debris often 
  • Avoid added pressure

Commercial Roof Maintenance Done Right

When you work in or own a commercial building, you understand how crucial it is to keep everything in functioning condition year-round. This ensures that everything runs smoothly and without interruption. If you are looking for commercial or residential roof maintenance get in touch with JMR Roofing today.

Let our team use their 50 years of experience to help protect your property

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