The Pros And Cons Of Steep Slope And Low Slope Roofing Systems

When it comes to commercial buildings, one crucial decision that you might have to make is selecting the type of roof you want. No, not the material, the style. Roofs are broadly classified into two categories: low slope roof systems and steep slope roof systems. To understand which one will suit you best, depending upon your location and requirements, here’s a list of pros and cons of both.

Steep Slope Roofing Systems

This roof system is generally preferred for residential buildings. The slope of the roof is greater than 18 degrees. It has three main parts: the roof deck, underlayment, and roof covering. Here, the roof deck is made of some wood-based material and it serves as the roof’s main platform. To give it a second layer of protection, there is underlayment. And then there is a roof covering that makes the system waterproof.

Pros
1. They require low maintenance.
2. Since debris and water roll down directly to gutters, you don’t have to be bothered with everyday cleaning.
3. They are more aesthetically appealing and eye-catching than the other type of roofing systems.
4. They can be designed and installed with a wide variety of materials, including slate, tile, wood shakes or shingles.

Cons
1. They decrease utility space when it comes to commercial buildings.
2. These systems could create run-off blockage situations while mounting heavy equipment.
3. Clogging of gutters is common as all the debris gets rolled down into them.

Low Slope Roofing Systems

These are generally much flatter than steep slope roofs. The angle at which they are inclined is less than 18 degrees. Even though they were really popular for commercial buildings, they’ve become fairly common in residential buildings as well. These roofs have three main components such as weatherproofing layers, reinforcement, and surfacing.

Pros
1.Can be treated like another floor.
2. There’s additional storage space in the building.
3.Easy implementation.
4. Lesser material required.
5.Less expensive.
6.More cost effective.
7. There’s space for solar panels, rooftop gardens, etc.

Cons
1. This type of roofing system required more maintenance.
2. Debris gets accumulated on the roof.
3.The possibility of leaks and collapsing.

If you’re looking for roofing contractors in Austin, Texas, get in touch with us. Our process focuses on a comprehensive design taking into account all variables such as R-value, cost, local weather risks, building codes and wind uplift. Moreover, Architecture Roof Systems is a Certified Versico Gold Medal Quality Program Roofing Contractor.

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