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Comparing Commercial and Industrial Roofing Services

Comparing Commercial and Industrial Roofing Services

Frequently, the terms “commercial” and “industrial” are employed interchangeably. Although many industrial activities do involve commercial services, there are numerous instances of commerce that do not meet the criteria for industry.


Commercial roofing and industrial roofing mean almost the same thing, but there are a few key things to note. Allied Construction Services goes over them in this blog post.


The Main Difference Between Commercial and Industrial Roofing


As the names imply, commercial roofing is intended for use on commercial properties, while industrial roofing is designed for industrial properties, which can include warehouses, factories, power plants, shipping centers, and similar facilities.


While it’s true that these industrial properties are categorized as commercial properties in a technical sense, the term “commercial roofing” is typically associated with structures like strip malls, retail stores, gyms, restaurants, and similar establishments.


Comparing Commercial Roofing with Industrial Roofing


The Materials Involved


Another distinguishing factor between industrial and commercial roofing lies in the choice of materials used. In the case of commercial properties, a wide range of standard roofing materials can be employed. This includes materials like modified bitumen, EPDM, AND TPO. They can also be equipped with conventional options such as regular shingles and metal.


Conversely, the materials used for industrial roofing are different. Given their typically larger size, the installation of shingles would be impractical and metal roofing would prove excessively costly.


For these reasons, and due to their heightened resistance to corrosion and other potential damages EPDM and PVC are much more prevalent in industrial roofing applications.


The Roof Size


The primary distinction between commercial and industrial roofing lies in roof size. Industrial roofs, found in structures like warehouses and factories, are significantly larger than commercial roofs, often spanning multiple football fields. Installation differs substantially, with industrial roofs assembled in sections due to their size, preventing prolonged exposure during installation.


The Repairs Involved


The larger size and intricate installation of industrial roofs render repairs more challenging, leading to higher costs. When industrial facilities handle sensitive chemicals, roof damage can exacerbate environmental impact, necessitating prompt action. Luckily, most repairs can be localized, eliminating the need for a full roof replacement, thereby saving costs, and ensuring continued operational capability.


The Length of Time for Installation


Due to their typically larger size and segmented installation, industrial roofs often require extended installation times. The duration of the installation process varies based on the specific requirements of the industrial facility. If multiple roof layers are essential for adequate protection, the installation timeline will be prolonged as each layer must be set and cured before proceeding to the next one.


The time needed to complete a new industrial roof ultimately hinges on the size and configuration of the property’s roof. This can be from a few days to several weeks, or in some cases, even more than a month for full completion.


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Allied Construction Services offers professional commercial and industrial roofing services in Northern California. With our years of experience in the construction industry, you can trust us to complete a seamless job. Contact us for a free quote today!

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