Your roofing system is one of the most critical aspects of your home in Denver. There are many different types of roofs and the option that you select will impact your entire home. While most Denver residential roofing systems feature traditional sloped roofs, low-slope roofing is also available. Low-slope roofing, most commonly used for commercial roofing, may offer some unique benefits for your home.
This article will define low-slope roofing, as well as present its pros and cons for Denver roofing systems.
Low-slope roofing may also often be called a flat roof. But, this doesn’t mean that it’s entirely flat. Roofing can’t be flat – otherwise, it wouldn’t be able to drain water from precipitation off of its surface.
To be considered a low-slope roof, a roof typically has a slope under 3-inches-12. This measurement means that the roof rises less than three inches for each 12-inch increment horizontally.
Steep-slope roofing uses gravity to drain water off of its surface. After it rains, hails, or snows, the precipitation on a steep-slope roof will simply flow downward to the edges of the roof and into the home’s gutter system.
Low-slope roofing can’t rely on gravity for drainage. So, to stay protected against water damage and leaks, a low-slope roof must have a water-tight seal. To achieve this, many low-slope roofs constructed today feature an uninterrupted membrane. This membrane prevents water from seeping in through seams in the roof. Precipitation can flow over the membrane to the roof drains, preventing pools of standing water on the surface of the roof. Sealed metal roof panels may also be used to construct a low-slope roof. Metal is a durable roofing material that can be effectively used for low-slope roofing.
There are multiple benefits that you can gain from low-slope roofing in Denver, including:
One of the key perks of low-slope roofing is improved heating and cooling. When compared to a steep-slope roof, a low-slope roof prevents HVAC inefficiency. This is because low-slope roofing cuts down on the amount of attic space in a home. With less excess air in the attic, your home’s heating and cooling system will operate more efficiently, allowing for lower home utility bills. You can also opt to have your low-slope roof constructed of reflective materials for even greater energy-efficiency. Reflective roofing materials prevent heat absorption from the sun, keeping your Denver cooler during the hot summer months.
The installation process for low-slope roofing is far less extensive than that of steep-slope roofing. Fewer materials are required to construct a low-slope roof, and less labor is needed to complete the installation. These factors translate to significantly lower installation costs for low-slope roofs. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly roofing option, low-slope roofing may be worth your consideration.
Low-slope roofing is easier to maintain than steep-slope roofing. This is mainly due to the fact that low-slope roofing can be safely walked on. So, the risk of falling while maintaining a low-slope roof is much lower. Your Denver roofers will be able to quickly and efficiently complete inspections, cleanings, and other maintenance tasks.
Low-slope roofs provide usable square footage as a bonus for your household. You can place patio furniture or even a garden upon a low-slope roof and make use of the extra space. This is especially beneficial for homeowners with limited interior square footage or no outdoor patio space.
Like any roofing design, low-slope roofing has a few drawbacks, including:
While low-slope roofing is designed and installed with drainage in mind, a low-slope roof is more likely to experience sitting water than steep-slope roofing. Without a significant slope, low-slope roofs will take longer to drain after a large storm, raising the risk of leakage and water damage.
Flat roofing is also more likely to collect debris from nearby trees, including leaves, pine needles, and dirt. Debris can collect water and moisture, then trap it against the surface of the roof. This may lead to faster deterioration of your roofing materials.
Contact Spire Roofing today to learn more about roofing installation in Denver.