Commercial vs domestic roofing

Posted on 22 May 2023

Many people assume that all roofs are the same. However, when it comes to commercial and domestic roofs, there are some key differences. Not only do commercial roofs tend to be bigger but they are usually constructed from different materials. They may also have a different structure. Read on to learn more about commercial vs domestic roofing in the UK.

How are domestic and commercial roofs different?  

Commercial roofing refers to roofs for businesses and organisations, including office blocks, warehouses, factories, schools, hospitals other large commercial structures. A commercial roof provides invaluable protection from the elements like rain and snow for the staff, customers and contents inside. A sound roof is vital for a business’ smooth operation, with even the smallest leaks causing disruption and leading to expensive repairs. Residential roofing refers to roofing for structures designed for people to live in, particularly houses. Commercial and domestic roofs have some key differences – keep reading to find out more. 

Installation process Roof Repairs in Grimsby

Whilst installing a residential roof is normally quite straightforward, fitting a commercial roof tends to be much more challenging. The process is usually more complex, with much more to consider including aspects such as external piping and airflow systems. Installation is likely to take much longer as a result, usually between four to six weeks. Commercial roofs need to be installed by highly experienced roofers who have plenty of skill and knowledge at hand. Take your time when choosing a roofing company to install a commercial roof. Hiring roofers who are inexperienced and underqualified is likely to result in poor-quality work and potentially more repairs down the line. 

Size, design and access

Although there are some exceptions, commercial roofs tend to be different to domestic roofs in terms of size, design and access. Whilst commercial roofs are normally very large and have either a completely flat or low-sloped roof, domestic roofs are small and have a higher pitch. Additionally, domestic roofs can usually be accessed using traditional scaffolding. Commercial roofs may need to be accessed using a mobile elevating platform due to their vast size.   


When it comes to commercial vs domestic roofing, perhaps one of the biggest differences is the materials used. Since commercial roofs tend to have a much larger surface area, they normally use more affordable bituminous materials. Bituminous roofing systems also offer exceptional waterproofing, making them highly durable and long-lasting. Single-ply membranes are also commonly used for commercial roofs. They are applied as a liquid and then set to provide total weather resistance. Plastisol roofing sheets (metal sheets coated in coloured PVC) are another good option for commercial roofs. 

Residential roofs tend to consist of materials which are more aesthetically pleasing, including asphalt shingles, concrete or clay tiles or slate. Whilst they’re normally not as durable as commercial roofing materials, with the right maintenance they can last several decades before they need replacing.


Whilst pitched roofs normally cost more than flat roofs of the same size, commercial roofs usually cover a greater area than domestic roofs. This means it’s likely to cost you more overall. It’s not just the size that means you’ll pay more – flat roofs also require more maintenance to keep them looking and performing their best over time. A commercial roof is likely to need more repair work over the years, whether that’s patching up cracked roof sheeting or carrying out a complete recoating of the roof. The cost of maintaining a flat roof can quickly add up. The good news is that when you choose Raven Roofing as your roofer in Grimsby, you can expect to receive a real value-for-money service. Our prices are consistently some of the most affordable in the area. 

Raven Roofing in Grimsby

Commercial and domestic roofing in Grimsby 

As you can see, there are many differences between commercial vs domestic roofing. If you require commercial or domestic roofing in Grimsby, look no further than Raven Roofing and Repairs. We are the local commercial and domestic roofing specialists, helping hundreds of property owners in the area with their roofing needs. Whether you need repairs carried out, ongoing maintenance or you require a new roof installed, we’re on hand to assist you. We use the best, most effective methods as well as the highest quality materials, ensuring an exceptional standard of workmanship is carried out every time. 

Choosing the right roofing system for your home or business premises can be challenging. There are so many options available to you in 2023 that knowing which is the right one for your needs can be tough. As a result, it makes sense to consult with an experienced roofing specialist who can provide you with the expert advice that you require. At Raven Roofing, we can discuss your requirements with you and suggest a solution to suit your needs and budget. 

Roofing maintenance and repairs 

At Raven Roofing Roofing, we’re on hand to carry out all manner of repair work for your roof as required. We can work on roofs of all types, ranging from flat bitumen roofs to steep-sloped asphalt or slate roofs. Our team of roofing professionals are highly experienced, having carried out many roof installations and repairs over the years. We’ve built up a fantastic reputation, becoming widely renowned for our quality of workmanship, reliability and competitive prices. 

Contact us

For commercial or domestic roofing in Grimsby or the surrounding areas, get in touch. You can reach us by telephoning us on 01472 565 084 or by sending us a message via the website. Whether you need roofing services for your home or your business premises, you can rely on us to carry out work to the highest possible standards. Discuss your roofing requirements and get a quote today.

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Thank you so much for your 5 stars and lovely review we really appreciate it.The Raven Roofing Team Roland Packer ★★★★★ We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.Response from the ownerHi Roland! I'm glad to hear you were happy with our services. I will pass your lovely comments on to the team!The Raven Roofing Team Michelle Packer ★★★★★ Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanksResponse from the ownerHi Michelle! Thank you for the 5 stars. We're glad to hear your happy with the quality of our work! The Raven Roofing Team Carol Howden ★★★★★ Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks greatResponse from the ownerHi Carol, I'm glad to hear you was happy with our services! Thank you for the review.The Raven Roofing Team. andrew engeham ★★★★★ Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.Response from the ownerHi Andrew, thank you for the kind words and 5 star review. The Raven Roofing Team. Keith Brown ★★★★★ Great company great serviceResponse from the ownerHi Keith, thank you for the 5 stars! We really appreciate it.The Raven Roofing team. John Hornsby ★★★★★ Came on time very Satisfied with wat was done. Will be using them again if neededResponse from the ownerHi John!Thank you for the lovely review and 5 stars. The Raven Roofing Team Omer Khalifa ★★★★☆ Response from the ownerHi Omer, thank you for the 4 stars.The Raven Roofing & Repairs Team renegade jokerrr ★★★★★ Fantastic service! Nice and friendly guys! Very quick work! Great customer service! If I need any repairs in the future i will use Raven again.Response from the ownerHi Renegade,Thank you for taking the time to leave the nice comments.The Raven Roofing Team Margaret Dabb ★★★★★ After being let down by another firm i rang Chris in desperation. Within an hour he arrived, looked at work, discussed, priced and booked a date. Arrived on time, everything ran like clockwork even in the awful heat they had to work through. Very well organised, very tidy, would have no hesitation in recommending his work. Many thanksResponse from the ownerHi Margaret, thank you so much for the 5 stars and lovely review!The Raven Roofing Team Zoe Gibbons ★★★★★ Can’t recommend Chris and his team more, they were all friendly, polite and efficient and left my patio tidier than it was before! Nothing was too much trouble and good quality work and price. I’d definitely recommend Raven Roofing to all my friends and family.Response from the ownerHi Zoe, thankyou for the 5 stars and lovely review!The Raven Roofing Team Alan Grosschmidt ★★★★★ Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.Response from the ownerHi Alan thank you for taking the time to leave the nice comments..The Raven Roofing Team Andrea Goforth ★★★★★ Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .Response from the ownerHi Andrea, thanks for the 5 stars and the comments we were happy to assist you.The Raven Roofing Team Mandy ★★★★★ We had the tiles down the gulley re-bedded.Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. Really friendly and very kind guy and we will definitely be using Raven Roofing again in the new year to do our guttering! Thanks Chris 👍🏻Response from the ownerWe would like to say thanks for taking the time for the comments Mandy. We also love the 5 stars!The Raven Roofing Team Mike Prior ★★★★☆ they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friendsResponse from the ownerHi Mike thanks for leaving the review and the stars we appreciate it.The Raven Roofing Team Sally Melton ★★★★★ Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.Response from the ownerHi Sally, thanks for taking the time to leave the comments and the 5 stars. We are glad you love your new skylight.The Raven Roofing Team Ali Wickham ★★★★☆ Response from the ownerHi Alister thanks for taking the time to leave us 4 stars!The Raven Roofing Team Peter Hogarth ★★★★★ These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleysResponse from the ownerHi Peter thanks for taking the time in writing us a review we really appreciate it.The Raven Roofing Team Pamela Blow ★★★★★ Response from the ownerHi Pamela thanks for the 5 stars!The Raven Roofing Team Samantha Blow ★★★★★ Excellent service, I would highly recommend :)Response from the ownerHi Samantha thank for your comments and the 5 stars, we always aim to offer a high level of service to all our customers. Also thanks for the recommendation!The Raven Roofing Team Derek Coates ★★★★★ Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.Response from the ownerHi Derek thanks for the 5 stars and the nice comments.The Raven Roofing Team Lee Popham ★★★★★ Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.Response from the ownerThanks Lee for the great review and glad we got to soon enough! We always aim to get to our emergency clients as soon as we can.The Raven roofing Team Mark Barnard ★★★★★ Very good reliable service all work guaranteedResponse from the ownerThanks for the review mark we are glad you are happy with our work!The Raven Roofing Team kevin langley ★★★★★ When we needed urgent roof repairs, Raven Roofing & Repairs came to the rescue. 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We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.js_loader