What Is Residential Roofing?

What Is Residential Roofing? Here’s What You Need to Know

Residential gray home with roof

Residential roofing is an umbrella term for roofing services that pertain to structures that are designed for people to live, particularly houses. If you’re a homeowner looking to restore or repair the roof of your house, or you would like to have a new roof installed, you would enlist the services of a residential roofing contractor—not a commercial one. For a better understanding of what residential roofing is, the experts at Arry’s Roofing have put together a list of things you need to know:

Residential Roofing vs. Commercial Roofing

While residential roofing applies to homes, commercial roofing applies to structures designed for retail or trade. Examples of commercial roofing include shopping centers, arcades, public facilities, and more. In addition to their respective purposes, other differences include:


Compared to residential homes, commercial structures, such as shopping plazas, are usually larger in terms of square footage. Therefore, commercial roofs must be designed to support the structure’s extra weight and size. In contrast, residential roofing systems commonly have pitched design with a higher slope.


Both commercial and residential roofing systems must be made of durable material that can withstand harsh weather. Durable options include:

  • Metal
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood
  • Solar shingles

However, unlike residential roofing, commercial roofing incorporates elements like ventilation and air conditioning, which must be taken into account when choosing the right roofing material.


Residential roofing systems are easier to clean and maintain than their commercial counterparts thanks to their smaller size. They’re also easier to scan for storm damage since you have less area to scan.

Types of Residential Roofing

Every residential structure is different and therefore it’s important to have an understanding of different residential roofing systems, their qualities, and which would be the best fit for your home:


Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material because they are simple to install and are one of the more economical choices. These shingles are also incredibly durable and boast an average lifespan of about 15 to 20 years. They are also available in a wide selection of colors and styles.


Metal roofing systems are great for Florida homeowners with concerns about hurricane season, especially if you’re in a severe weather-prone area like South Florida. Metal roofing systems must pass stringent wind and uplift tests that include simulated wind speeds that are over 150 miles per hour. Metal roofs are also fire resistant, and by having one installed on your home, you may be eligible for lower premiums on your homeowner’s insurance.  


Tile roofs are loved for their durability. Properly installed tile roofs can withstand rain, wind, and hail. They’re also fire resistant, like metal roofs, and can lower energy costs because they reduce heat transfer through air circulating under the tiles. Like shingles, they are also available in a variety of colors.

Expert Residential Roofing Services From Arry’s Roofing

No matter your residential roofing needs, Arry’s Roofing boasts a number of services that can’t be beat by other local roofing contractors. We’re proud to be a family-owned company serving local homeowners for more than 30 years. Our professional roofing services have earned us numerous awards and recognitions, including status as a GAF Master Elite contractor for residential roofing and multiple GAF Consumer Protection Excellence awards. With our award-winning services, it’s no wonder we boast an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Contact Us Today!

To learn more about our residential roofing services and to find the right service for your Florida home, contact Arry’s Roofing today and we’ll be happy to schedule a free consultation.