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Differences Between Residential and Industrial Construction

Differences Between Residential And Industrial Construction

The world of construction includes a large number of activities that can be divided according to their purpose. There are the industrial type and the residential type, so it is important that you know the differences between each one so that you choose the appropriate equipment to perform the type of construction you are looking for.

At Whitehead Construction we are experts in both industries with a main focus on industrial and our years of experience allow us to see clearly the differences in each case, but we know that not everyone can figure this out so easily, that’s why we’ve decided to share information about this topic.

Industrial Construction and Residential Construction

For someone without any kind of training in construction, it may seem like there’s no big difference but each one is a whole different world when it comes to process and materials, for example.

  • Industrial construction has to do with business objectives like office buildings, big areas, factories, zoning, etc. It refers to a business of manufacturing goods so it has to be designed for usage in industries.
  • Residential construction, as it says the name, has to do with home building projects, specially designed for residential solutions so materials, distribution and time of building can vary a lot.

3 differences between residential and industrial construction you should know:

  1. Use: as we described before, industrial is related to be used by industries and its projects, while residential is designed to be a place where people can live like apartments and houses.
  2. Equipment and materials: industrial projects require more time and specific materials and equipment like high-powered machinery or large cranes, for example. But residential projects do not require such extensive equipment and materials. As the final cost in both cases can vary considerably, the project has to justify the cost and investment of the materials and machines used to build.
  3. Times: there is a difference when it comes to the pace of work in both scenarios. Commonly industrial companies have larger teams and workforce and can work faster while residential projects may not have these resources available all the time, so they work a bit slower.

Also, both kinds of projects require different permits to be done, so this can vary very much according to the case. In each case, complexity is another big difference between industrial and residential building.

Contact WCI for your industrial constructions needs and we will give you all the information you need.