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Roofing Information On Steep Slopes

If you are currently in the market for a roof replacement or construction contractor, you have probably come across two unfamiliar terms time and again: steep slope roofing and low slope roofing. If this describes you, take heart, for you are not alone.

If you drive through any suburban neighborhood in the United States, you will probably ask yourself: what’s the difference? They all look the same to me! This article will explain the difference between the two roofing systems and will describe where each is often found.

What is Steep Slope Roofing?

Steep slope roofing is defined as any roof that has a slope greater than 18 degrees. That is, a steep slope roof is a roof that has a vertical rise of 3 inches for every 12 inches in horizontal movement, providing a dramatic effect whereby the roof seems to quickly descend from its peak.

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These types of roofs are constructed using a variety of materials, including composite, sheet metal, slate, ceramic, and wood.

In addition, it requires a special type of underlayment (the material sandwiched between the roofing tiles or shingles and the roofing deck) in order to perform correctly.

Where is Steep Slope Roofing Found?

Steep slope roofing is most frequently found in residential construction and on commercial construction situated in climates that receive heavy snow or rainfall annually. If you are driving through a residential neighborhood wondering why all of the roofs seem to have a similar slope, it is because low slope roofing is most often found on commercial buildings.

Important Considerations

If you are looking at constructing a new home from the ground-up, or are looking to replace the current roof on your home, you are likely looking at a steep slope roofing project. If you want to check, go onto your roof and measure the slope. Again, you are looking for a roof that rises at least three inches for every foot you move horizontally.

Steep slope roofing is especially important if you live in a climate that receives heavy snowfall, otherwise, you could be facing tens of thousands of dollars in damages and repair costs. Snow, when left on a rooftop and allowed to compact, is extremely heavy.

If your home does not have a steep enough slope, the snow will sit on the roof until it becomes too heavy for your roofing support structures to bear. This will lead to a collapse in the center of your roof, filling your home with wet snow, damaging the home itself and all of the items that fill it, and making any repair process very expensive and time-consuming.

Construction Options

While the structure of most steep slope roofing is similar, there are a variety of material options available on the market. Contact Century Roofing to explore the benefits and drawbacks of common materials such as sheet metal, composite shingles, ceramic tiles, and more. Century Roofing is an expert in residential roofing construction and can provide you with personalized recommendations and a quote based on your individual roofing needs.

If you are interested in learning more about the available options for your roofing project, contact Century Roofing today for a free roof inspection and free roofing estimate.

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