Quality Low Slope Roofing (Flat Roofs)

Flat roofs are usually found on commercial buildings, but that doesn’t mean residential roofs can’t have them as well. As a matter of fact, it is to your advantage that the quality low slope roofing technology found in so many renowned establishments can now be applied to your home.

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Why Flat Roofs

Historically, flat roofs have always been common in places where there’s year-round dry weather with little chance of rain. That’s because there’s no reason to create a catch basin for water and snow.

But with the breakthroughs in waterproof roofing materials and the creation of a more modern drainage system, flat roofs have now taken the Western market by storm.

Commercial establishments were the first to take advantage of this cost-effective yet aesthetically pleasing trend. And believe it or not, some of these buildings constructed as far back as the 70s are still in use and reliable today. That’s how trustworthy they have proven to be.

Since then, residential homes have caught the trend of quality low slope roofing. They have proven durable, versatile, and effective in any type of weather.

Flat Roof Technology

Quality low slope roofing depends on how waterproof the system is. If a high pitch roof depends on the amount of slope to avoid standing water, low pitch roofs depend on the waterproofing membrane installed and its drainage system.

Waterproofing membranes are inexpensive and lightweight. Their purpose is to protect your roof from water and subsequently, decay. They are laid above the insulation in what is known as a warm roof installation, a method that helps homeowners save energy by keeping the house warmer. The method also prevents condensation from entering the house by allowing moisture to breathe out of the structure.

Standing water is not an issue with quality low slope roofing. What we call flat roofs are not actually dead flat. There is a certain amount of pitch— a maximum of 15 degrees— to allow water to run off towards the drainage system. This system is made up of a network of internal drains and scupper holes that lead to hoppers. These downspouts are designed to drain water but not other materials like leaves or debris.

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Advantages of Quality Low Slope Roofing

Even with the advances in flat roof technology, people are still drawn to the structure and shape of the traditional pointed roof. But there are many benefits of opting for quality low slope roofing. Here are some of them:

  • Flat roofs are easy to install and repair
    Quality low slope roofing takes less time and effort to install because of the angle and square footage. Compared to a complicated sloped roof, flat roofs will take up less space, less material, and even less cost to do.

    Using the same reason, quality low slope roofing is also easier and cheaper to replace down the line.
  • They’re durable
    Flat roofs fare better than high pitched roofs against hurricane-force winds. Although this doesn’t guarantee that no damage may occur, you won’t experience blown off or torn shingles (and similar kinds of damage) with quality low slope roofing. As long as there are no leaks and your drainage is working fine, your flat roof can weather the next storm.

    Of course, worn-off roofs will need to be reassessed (and reinforced if needed) before a new storm comes in no matter what type it is.
  • That space is usable
    Depending on the material you choose, that flat roof space you have can be converted into a balcony, patio, or terrace. Just add a guardrail and you’re all set.

    Consider a green roof. Eco-conscious homeowners invest either in a roof garden or place rows of solar panels that fit just right on top of a sturdy quality low slope roofing. It’s perfect to soak up that helpful sun.

    Need space for your HVAC unit? A portion of your flat roof is the best space for it where it can be protected. You can even convert it into a penthouse or attic with considerably more space than what a slanted roof can give you.
  • Maintenance is easy
    Flat roofs are easier and safer to clean. Most materials are mold and algae-resistant, but other items on your roof may need cleaning or inspecting, such as your gutter and drain. When you do go up there, all you need to do is inspect the drainage and make sure the system is not clogged.

    When cleaning, you will need to remove leaves and storm debris. It’s not just easier to do so compared to being on a high-sloped roof, but you’re saving thousands of dollars in maintenance and repairs if you do this at least once a year.
  • They look great!
    A quality low slope roofing system provides a refined look to the modern home. The neat lines and choices of color give your property an edgy look that traditional sloped roofs don’t have. If this is what appeals to you, then you’re ready to have quality low slope roofing installed.

    You can get the desired aesthetic depending on the color of the material you choose. Our consultant will give you the advantages of each type and color so you can choose the best quality low slope roofing system for your home.
What Type of Roofing is Best for a Flat Roof?

Technology continues to expand for roofing, and we’d like to offer you the best and latest materials the industry has to offer.

Modified bitumen has been the waterproofing membrane choice for many flat roofs owners. However, recent eco-trends have homeowners shying away from asphalt products. We have listed below healthier and more environmentally friendly material options for your flat roof.

  1. EPDM (ethylene propylene diene
    EPDM is the most popular single-ply membrane roofing material, and the lightest, too. One of the reasons is that it’s the least expensive single-ply membrane roofing system per square foot that you can buy.

    It’s known as the “bulletproof” roof, since compared to felt membranes, EDPM is not prone to puncturing. It boasts of a 25 to 30-year lifespan which is more than what shingle roofs can give you.

    EPDM usually comes in black. And since black absorbs heat, it’s not what some prefer. It also needs dry conditions to be installed.
  1. TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
    This is another single-ply roofing membrane but usually comes in white, therefore reflecting light and heat. Some people don’t like white for roofing. Luckily, TPO now comes in a variety of colors, including green and red.

    Most homeowners who prefer TPO have taken into consideration its recyclability and durability. This eco-friendly product lasts 25 years. It can come in a variety of thicknesses including 45 and 60 mils.
  1. PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
    PVC is another thermoplastic similar to TPO. And just like TPO, this quality low slope roofing material boasts of its strong resistance to UV light, tearing, chemicals, and oils.

    However, PVC has a higher tolerance against punctures and foot traffic. But unlike TPO, it’s not as recyclable. If it boils down to a choice between TPO and PVC, your deciding factors might just be cost and your plans for the roof. You will need PVC if you plan to walk on it often.
  1. Standing Seam Metal Roof
    This type of quality low slope roofing is the most expensive in this list but it excels in all categories including durability, longevity, and resistance to chemicals, to name a few. Hence, it gives you the most value for your investment.

    Another thing that sets standing seam metal roofs apart is that it’s highly customizable so you don’t have to worry about it not going according to your desired look. They are made of interlocking metal sheets with a concealed fastening to make them ultra-weatherproof.

    It boasts of the highest lifespan at 50 years.
Quality Low Slope Roofing by Auburn Hills Roofing

Auburn Hills Roofing is an established company with vast experience in commercial and residential roofing.

Quality low slope roofing is one of our specialties.

You can be confident that your home will get the same treatment as the most stylish and durable commercial roofs we install. We have special trims and equipment to create a finish unmistakably done by professionals. We ensure that you get all the advantages of quality low slope roofing through an excellent selection of materials and top quality low slope roofing installation.

We know that great workmanship is the key to low pitch roof longevity. That’s why we have material-certified installers and an onsite supervisor who have completed training in their proper handling and construction. After a month, we go back onsite to inspect the roof and know your thoughts about its performance.

Are you interested in quality low slope roofing for your home? We also offer flat roof maintenance, inspection, and repairs, plus tips on how to be more energy-efficient and cost-effective by using proper insulation. Contact us today and we’ll give you a free onsite estimate.

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