Whether you are installing a new roof or want to replace an existing roof, the question of “slope” will always arise. You have to figure out which style of roof is suitable for your home, what benefits it has to offer, and the challenges it might pose during installation and in the future. Knowing this helps you choose the right roofing material and contractor.

Tornado Roofing Co has taken care of low slope roofs in the Florida area for the past three decades. We understand the fact that choosing a roof is not just about aesthetics and costs, which can be confusing to some property owners. The good news is that our crew is always willing to educate you on everything about roof styles, slopes, materials, and anything else roofing. In this article, we help you understand re-roofing low-sloped roofs.

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How Does a Roof Pitch Relate to Its Slope?

Roof pitch are two words roofers use to describe the angle or slant at which a roof is. The roof pitch of a building is usually numerically presented as a ratio or fraction. The first number (numerator) denoting the height of the roof and the second number (denominator) representing the length of the roof. Most homes in Florida fall in between moderate pitch (4/12) and fairly steep (8/12).

Any measurement that’s 3/12 or below is what a low slope roof looks like. Most clients call these types of roofs flat roofs because they appear flat. In most instances, they have a slight slope that is only designed for water drainage.

You cannot use asphalt as a roofing material for low-slope roofs. This material is specifically designed to fit on moderate pitches and above. But there are alternative materials out there is this roof style is what appeals to you.

Take caution: Don’t climb up your roof to measure its pitch. Wait until you get a roof inspection by a local roofing contractor to help you understand the measurements.

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Materials Suitable for Low Slope Roofing

Roofing materials come with pitch range recommendations and not all of them are good for low slope roofs. These include asphalt shingles, slate shingles, and wood because they don’t lock together tightly which can cause leakages. You can read out extensive guide on the best low slope roofing materials to understand this concept further. Some of the materials that qualify for low slope roofs include:

Rubber Membrane (EPDM) – This material is a true rubber that is attached to the roof using mechanical anchors, glue, or both.

Built Up Roofing – Commonly known as BUR, This material is a mixture of gravel and tar. The modern type of this roofing material integrate layered bitumen with fabrics in between the layers, both covered in gravel.

Torch-Down Roofing – This material comes in a single layer membrane, which is installed using heat activation by a torch, which explains its name.

Standing Seam Metal: You can get this roofing material as steel or aluminum panels. They are suitable for both flat roofs and high-slope roofs as well.

Rolled Roofing – This material is what is closest to the regular asphalt shingles only that it comes in thick and large rolls. Plus, you can get them in all manner of colors and styles depending on your needs. You can go with peel-and-stick designs if you want.

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Why Would You Choose Low Slope Roofs for Your Property?

As we said before, a lot goes into the choice of a roofing style. Here are some reasons that will lead you into choosing a low-sloped roof.

  • Low slope roofs are more weather resistant than their steeped alternatives. When storms strike, you can trust a low slope roof to protect your home. The slope is not the only protective feature from this roof but also the choice of material you use. When you go with low-slope roofs, you choose tough materials like EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), gravel layers, or TPO that won’t blow off easily. These materials can withstand foot traffic, hail, and debris without damage.
  • Low slope roofs, unlike steep roofs, need little maintenance. Again, the reason for this is the materials involved. EPDM have durable surfaces that you can walk over and clean away dirt and debris. They are also clean which makes it easy to identify damages on the roof. Then to repair these roofs, you only need a repair kit to patch the holes instead of replacing the entire roof. Repair and roof installation processes are not as risky, require minimal labor, and are cost-effective.
  • Inspecting low-slope roofs is less tasking and less risky compared to high-slope ones. In fact, though not recommended, a homeowner can climb on their roofs to assess the condition of their roofs. Routine inspections are recommended for all kinds of roofs but low-slope ones make the process easy and safe.
  • Low-slope roofs are great for combating the summer heat. Again thanks to the materials used in these types of roofs, you can optimize them to cool your home. Do this by applying a reflective color or installing special coatings over the roof to reflect heat. Installing solar panels on this roof type is also much easier and produces more energy because of long hours of exposure to the sun rays.

Are You Ready to Invite a Roofing Contractor for Your Low Roof Installation?

Now you understand what a low slope roof is and why it’s a good choice for your property. If you are like most Florida property you likely are considering it for your garage, shed, or porch. Inviting a professional roofing contractor to help you brainstorm and install the right roof for you is the best way to go. That’s what our crew is here for at Tornado Roofing Co. We guarantee high-quality low-slope reroofing for your property. Call us right now for a free quotation so we can take care of your low-slope roof needs?