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The Pros and Cons of a Low-Slope Roofing System

03 September 2019

One of the choices that you need to make when designing a house is whether it will have a steep-slope or low-slope roof. We are certain that you have seen both of these styles at one time or another. It depends upon the style of your home as to which type of roof slope works best. While both have their unique characteristics, benefits and drawbacks, we are here to educate about the pros and cons of the latter type of roofing systems in the following.

The Advantages of Low-Slope Roofing Systems

• Installing a low-slope or low-pitched roof improves heating and cooling in comparison to a steep-slope roof due to the fact that there is less attic space to fill up with excess air. This extra air decreases the efficiency of heating and cooling systems.

• Maintenance is easier to perform on a low-pitched roof since you can stay sure-footed walking on it. There is a much lower risk of slipping and falling than with roofs with steep pitches. In fact, if a roof is too steep, you will need to rely on professionals 100% of the time to perform maintenance tasks safely.

• Installation is less expensive with low-slope roofs since they require fewer materials and less labour hours. A benefit such as this may be of great importance to you if you are on a tight budget.

• Low-pitched roofs are compatible with the latest in solar panels.

• Roofs with low slopes adhere to today’s modern and contemporary design schemes for homes.

• There is less wasted space in a home that has a low-pitched roof. Houses with steep-pitched roofs typically have attics that may or may not be usable, depending upon their design.

Disadvantages of Installing Low-Slope Roofing Systems

• Water, snow and ice can sit on low-pitched roofs longer than of steep-pitched ones. This can lead to leaks and damage if you do not remove these elements.

• You must remove debris regularly to ensure that it does not damage the roofing material of the low-pitched roofing system.

• Not all roofing materials are suitable for low-slope roofing systems, so you must choose them with the help of professional guidance.

Where to Turn for Your Roofing Needs

To receive professional roofing guidance, materials, installation, repair and maintenance services, turn to Higgins Roofing. We specialise in re-roofing, new roofs, roof extensions, roof restorations and InlineSolar™. Also, we are experts in installing the terracotta and concrete roof tiles by Monier™. You will receive a seven-year guarantee on all our workmanship, and Monier™ backs their concrete and terracotta tiles with a 50-year performance guarantee.