What Is a Low Slope Roof?

When your roof isn’t steep enough to use shingles, you have a ‘low slope’ roof. So what are your options?
When your roof isn’t steep enough to use shingles, you have a ‘low slope’ roof. So what are your options?

Are you investigating replacing your roof? Do you have a “low slope” roof on your home or business? If that’s the case, you’re undoubtedly wondering what that means. Fortunately, we’re here to assist you in understanding this roofing type.

You’ll learn about roof pitch, what a low slope roof is, and which roof system(s) are best for this type of roof.

Since 1996, the team at Four Seasons Roofing has been taking care of low slope roofs in the Pacific Northwest. We understand how to extend the life of your roof. You’ll never have to worry about your roof again if you deal with us.

What Exactly is Roof Pitch?

Before we go into what a low slope roof is, it’s important to understand what roof pitch is. The steepness (angle) of your roof from the gutter to the ridge (top) is referred to as roof pitch.

Do not attempt to measure the pitch of your roof yourself. When a local roofing professional inspects your roof for a roof replacement, you’ll find out what pitch it has.

What is a Low Slope Roof?

A low slope roof is one that is not steep enough for shingles to be installed, according to shingle manufacturers or codes.

You won’t be able to get the regularly used asphalt shingles since they can’t be fitted on low slope roofs. However, your low slope roof still has a lot of possibilities.

What is the right roof system for a low slope roof if shingles can’t be used?

Membrane Roof Systems

On low slope roofs, water does not run off as quickly as it does on higher pitched roofs. As a result, low slope roofs need to be made watertight, which is why a membrane roof system is the most frequent option for a low slope roof. Membrane roof systems are made up of rolled synthetic water repellent membrane sheets that are 5 feet, 10 feet, or 20 feet wide.

Roofing Systems Made of Metal

Metal roofing is another option for low-slope roofs. A standing seam metal roof system consists of a series of panels that are mechanically seamed or locked together at the seams, allowing the panels to freely expand and contract when the metal heats up.

Keep in mind that your low-slope roof isn’t steep enough to for shingles. A membrane roof system or a metal roof system are your low slope roofing options.

Four Seasons Knows Low Slope Roofing

Four Seasons Roofing has been providing high-quality roof replacements (including low slope roof systems) to Washington homeowners and businesses since 1996. Our workmanship guarantees you a roof that not only looks great but is also long-lasting, and we’re proud to back it up with a lifetime warranty. Contact us today if you need help deciding which roof system is best for you.