Owensboro Low Slope Roofing

September 8, 2022

What type of roofing material should be used on low slope roofs?

It’s a good idea to seek out professional advice when it comes to choosing the material for your low slope roof, since there are a variety of choices.  Decisions should be made based on the pitch of the roof, as well as your budget.

For instance, rubber is efficient up to a 3/12 pitch, while a steeper pitch would require metal or shingles.  You can determine the pitch of your roof by using this handy calculator.

Metal roofs are popular because of their durability and life expectancy, but rubber is very effective for low pitched or flat roofs because it forms a watertight seal.

For the above reasons, the pros and cons of each material should be carefully considered.  In the end, the decision should be based on style, safety and functionality.

How to decide which roofing material to use on low slopes

Unique Surfaces Roofing and Contracting can help walk you through the process of choosing the best material for your low slope roof.

Some things we will discuss and consider are:

Once we have the answers to these questions, we’ll be able to help you choose the perfect material for your new roof.

Metal vs. Rubber Roofs

Here are a couple of facts about metal and rubber roofs that might interest you.

Metal Roofs

  • “Low rib” metal roofing is recommended for low slopes. It is the most cost-effective metal roofing, visually appealing, efficient and durable.
  • Most metal roofs come with 30 to 50-year warranties.
  • Metal roofs have very little upkeep.
  • They can reduce your energy costs by as much as 40%.
  • May withstand high winds and is very resistant to fire.
  • Some metal, such as aluminum, offers protection against salt water.
  • Can replicate the look of traditional roofing shingle and comes in a large variety of colors.
  • Metal roofs are one of the more expensive options.

You can learn more about steel coated roofing here

Rubber Roofs

  • Rubber roofs greatly reduce the chance of water leakage.
  • Rubber roofs normally come with a warranty of 20-25 years.
  • It requires minimal maintenance and can be repaired quickly and easily.
  • Can withstand extreme weather conditions, including rain, hail, snow and strong winds.
  • An affordable option.


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