3 Types of Low-Slope Roofs and the Benefits of Each

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When it comes to high-rise residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, not just any type of roof will do. Generally, flat or low-slope roofs are ideal for tall buildings for a number of reasons. For instance, they are easier to install, which reduces labor costs. Low-slope roofs also require less materials, which cuts costs even more.

3 Types of Low-Slope Roofs and the Benefits of Each

However, just because low-slope roofs are the best choice doesn’t mean there aren’t options available. Here are just three types of low-slope roofs and their benefits for your consideration:

  1. Modified Bitumen Roof Systems- This type of low-slope roof is often considered a close relative of the more traditional built-up roof (BUR), only it offers greater flexibility because the asphalt sheets have been modified with rubber or plastic. Because modified bitumen roofs are flexible, they perform well against extreme temperature changes.
  2. Single-Ply Roof Membranes- Where built-up roofs require multiple layers of roofing material to create a weathertight system, single-ply roofs only require one layer. They are flexible, durable, weather-resistant, long-lasting, and more economical compared to many other types of roofs.
  3. Metal Panel Roof Systems- Metal panels make for great low-slope roofs because water will slide right off them. There is no need to worry about ponding or drainage problems, which are concerns for many other types of low-slope roofs. Additionally, metal panel roofs don’t get punctured easily, and they are cost-effective.

There are other types of low-slope roofs beyond these. To learn more about the best roofs for buildings, contact us at Belanger Engineering. With over 20 years in business, we have extensive knowledge of roofs and other major building systems.