When deciding on how to structure your roof, the pitch is a major factor. Roof pitch is one of the most commonly used terms in roofing. It refers to the steepness of a roof. There are two different types of roof pitches: high slope and low slope. Today we’re going to take a closer look at low slope roofs. These are roofs that appear to be completely flat. However, they do tend to have a slight pitch – or slope – to help with water drainage.
Low slope roofing systems are sleek, and many of today’s contemporary-style buildings appear flat. This style of roof dates back to the end of the 1800s, when roofing membranes were made with coal tar. Fortunately, roofing technology has come a long way. Today’s low slope roofs help give structures strong, bold lines and shapes.
Let’s take a closer look at low-slope roofs and how they can benefit your business!
Low slope roofing systems are more than just a contemporary trend to chase; they provide business owners with many benefits. Here are some of the top reasons to invest in a low-slope roof.
Exceptional Energy Efficiency
When it comes to keeping your business cool in the summer and warm in the winter, a low slope roof is the way to go! This is because there is less space in the attic to fill with excess air, which often decreases the efficiency of a structure’s heating and cooling system. Depending on the amount of slope in your roof, limited attic space will still fit between the ceiling and roof for storage or ductwork while also maintaining the structure’s energy efficiency. Additionally, using a reflective roofing material – such as TPO or PVC – will also help your roof to absorb even less heat!
While a low slope roof requires regular maintenance, it’s often easier to conduct said maintenance due to the simple fact that they’re easier to walk on! With a nearly flat roof, there is a much lower risk of slipping and falling than on a high-slope roof.
Since low slope roofs require less material than high slope roofs, installation is less extensive and, as a result, inexpensive. If you’re on a tight budget, installing a low-slope roof will help you keep your costs down. Whether you choose a single-ply, metal, or another more expensive roofing material, the lower labor costs will often help offset your total costs.
Compatibility with Solar Power
Looking to go solar? Low slope roofs offer a greater amount of space and are more compatible with solar panels. Most solar panels require a flat surface for mounting. The flatter angle also allows more sunlight to hit the solar panels and allows them to move with the sun to optimize light absorption and, as a result, produce more energy.
Of course, there are also some cons to consider when evaluating whether or not a low slope roof system is right for your business.
Potential for More Leaks
Since low slope roofs are nearly flat, if you live in an area that receives a high amount of rain and snow, your roof might sustain increased damage. Due to leaks caused by the elements. Since water and snow/ice sit on the surface of a low slope roof much longer than one with a high slope, the roofing materials receive more wear. This increases the maintenance required over the roof’s lifespan.
Increased Debris Removal
Similar to our previous point, other debris items – such as leaves, branches, etc. – will need to be removed regularly to ensure that they do not damage the roofing material of a low slope roof.
Select Roofing Materials
Not all roofing materials are suitable for low slope roofing systems. If you decide a low-slope roof is a right fit for your business, our team will work with you to ensure that the roofing materials you choose will be compatible with this type of roof.
Ready to Invest in a Low Slope Roof?
We’ve worked on many low-slope roofing projects over the years, and our team is excited to help provide your business with an exceptional low-slope roof! Ready to get started? Contact our team for a free quote!