With so many different materials to choose from, choosing the right roofing material to shelter your home can be a complicated matter, and there are lots of factors to consider when choosing the right material for your home's specific needs. Finding the right roofing material for your home can be particularly challenging if your home has a low-pitch roof.
A roof with a low slope or pitch performs quite differently than a more conventional, high-sloped roof, especially during wet and windy weather, and choosing the wrong material for a low-slope roof can cause leaks and serious structural issues in your attic or roof cavity. Many popular roofing materials, such as slate tiles and wooden shingles, are not suitable for most homes with low-slope roofs.
However there are a wide variety of attractive, practical roofing materials that are much more appropriate for low-sloped roofs. If you are replacing the low-sloped roof on your home, the following roofing materials are particularly suitable for your needs:
Also known as BUR or tar-and-gravel roofing, built-up roofing is a simple roofing material that has been used to cover low-slope roofs for decades. It consists of several individual layers of reinforced fabric, which are waterproofed and bound together with bitumen. The top layer is then coated in a protective ballast made from gravel or crushed stone.
Built-up roofing is not the most attractive of roofing materials and can be time consuming to install. However, it is exceptionally waterproof and wind-resistant and does not perish wen exposed to intense UV sunlight. This makes it a superb choice if you live in an area with harsh weather conditions. Built-up roofing also requires very little maintenance and will last for decades when properly installed by professional roofing services.
Metal panels and shingles
Metal roofing is an excellent choice for most homes with low-sloped roofs and may be the best option when it comes to combining practicality with attractive looks. While basic, unpainted roofing panels can look drab, metal roofing panels and shingles are available in a near-limitless range of colors and styles that can complement the design of any home. Metal roof shingles are also available in designs that closely mimic the look of traditional stone shingles, which is ideal if you want a traditionally styled home but your roof is too shallow for real stone.
Metal roofing is also as tough and durable as you would expect and is particularly good at shrugging off high winds and heavy impacts. Longevity will vary depending on whether you choose steel or more expensive, rust-proof aluminum, but a well-installed metal roof should last for many years with occasional maintenance.
If you do choose metal roofing for your low-sloped roof, so-called 'standing seam' panels and shingles are highly recommended. These panels and shingles are fitted with raised channels that help funnel water away from the roof more quickly. This makes them exceptionally waterproof and resistant to heavy rains and should help you avoid the leaking issues that plague many homes with low-slope roofs.