Low-slope roofs present challenges that pitched roofs do not. For starters, you simply cannot install asphalt shingles on a low-slope roof. Shingles are designed to use gravity to shed water; without sufficient pitch, the water will pool on top of the shingles instead of flowing to the ground or gutters. On a low-slope roof, these pools of water will drain beneath the shingles and penetrate the decking and your home’s interior.
Some type of top sheet must be applied to low-slope roofs using hot tar or a special adhesive instead of nails or screws. This top sheet will direct the water to the gutters or a roof drain so that it can be safely carried away. Low-slope roofs also need a quality mid-ply or base that is affixed directly to the deck to offer true protection and comply with manufacturers’ warranties.
When it comes to low-slope roofs, maintenance is crucial. All low-slope roofs will require periodic maintenance and repairs. Gutters and drains must be kept free from debris, leaves and twigs to avoid leaks and provide the best protection for the maximum time. Flashing should be inspected regularly and repaired or replaced as needed. Any seams or caulking should be carefully inspected and repaired if necessary.
Depending on the materials used and the age and condition of the roof, it is sometimes possible to repair it rather than replace it. Although repairs are easier and less expensive than a complete replacement, they can be problematic as this method does not allow an inspection of the underlying decking to address damaged areas that could potentially develop into leaks.
Above all, you need to work with a roofer contractor who has the specialized training and experience to install, repair and maintain a low-slope roof correctly. At Alpha Roofing, we are happy to provide you with a cost for roof replacement or installation. We have the expertise you need to give you many years of trouble-free life from your low-slope roofing system. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and our competitive prices. We also install traditional pitched roofs, metal roofing systems, gutters, siding and skylights, and we offer chimney repairs, moss removal and attic insulation as well. Call us at (512) 777-1086 for a free quote, or use our convenient online form.