Residential Construction vs Commercial Construction

Getting to know the differences between residential construction and commercial construction will help ensure that you hire the right general contractor for the job. At Twin Maple Construction, we know that selecting the best contractor for your project can make all the difference in the world. That is why we offer a range of construction services for both residential and commercial projects.

Differences Between Residential Construction & Commercial Construction

While there are a lot of similarities between the skills needed to work on a residential construction project and a commercial construction project, it is important to keep in mind that each type of construction requires different methods and specialties. Some of main differences between residential construction and commercial construction include:

1. Codes and Permits

While all kinds of construction projects must adhere to specific codes and need to have the necessary permits from the particular municipality the structure is being built in, commercial buildings tend to require additional codes and permits compared to residential buildings. This is due to the wider variety of aspects that make up commercial buildings, such as elevators, elaborate electrical and IT concerns, and larger parking structures.

2. Materials

When it comes to the materials used during construction, residential buildings tend to rely more on wood materials, while commercial buildings tend to use steel frames. This is because steel tends to cost a lot more money to use and most homeowners are unable to afford this sort of investment.

3. Equipment Needed

In most cases, commercial construction projects tend to require the use of cranes and other large pieces of equipment to complete the construction project, while, on the other hand, residential construction projects do not always require the use of large equipment. In order to use the equipment safely and efficiently, a commercial contractor will need to have easy access to a trained operator.

4. Timelines

The goal of any construction project is to have the work completed at quickly as possible; however, businesses tend to move at a much faster pace than homeowners, which means that there is a greater expectation for completing commercial projects on a shorter deadline.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between residential construction and commercial construction, or if you are interested in our residential construction or commercial construction services, please contact Twin Maple Construction at 604-854-6790 or by filling out a contact form on our website.