Did a local roofing contractor tell you that you need special materials for your steep slope roofing? Are you curious to know if steep slope roofing is real? At NexGen Roofing, we understand your curiosity, and we want to help you understand your roof so that you can make an informed decision about your roofing materials.
A steep slope roof is a 4/12 pitch or steeper. This means that for every 12 inches of roof length, it rises 4 inches. All roofs have a pitch. When a roof exceeds 4/12, it’s best to consider using materials designed for the steeper pitch. For most homes, a 4/12 pitch is standard.
When you’re researching which materials to use for your steep slope roof, it’s important to consider the cost, maintenance, and eventually replacement. No roof lasts forever. Some roofing materials can last up to 100 years. Here are the materials routinely suggested for steep roof projects:
Now, when considering roofing materials, consider the following:
The cost of a roof goes beyond the initial purchase of materials and installation of materials. This cost matters, because you must pay this to get your roof installed. What’s more, you want to consider the cost of replacing your roof based on the average lifespan of the materials you’re installing.
For example, you may need to replace the asphalt shingles every 10-20 years for an approximate price of $15,000.
If you do the math real quick, this means it would cost you about $75,000 over 100 years to keep asphalt shingles on your roof.
Here’s the formula: (100/lifespan) x roof cost = total cost
Here’s the example above: (100/20) x $15,000 = $75,000
You probably know that you may need roofing repairs over time, but what you probably didn’t know is that specific roofing materials require different types of maintenance to last their full lifespan.
Whether you or a professional roofing contractor, regular roof maintenance should be considered when buying a new roof. And if your roof has a steep slope, you will definitely want to hire this out to professionals. Include this into your cost from above.
Ask your roof installer how often the materials you’re purchasing need to be maintained when installed. Some materials need an inspection twice a year, and others need a good rinse at least once per quarter. It all depends on which materials you buy.
If you’re in the stage of building your home, you may be wondering if you should go with a flat roof(less than a 4/12 pitch) or a steeper roof (more than 4/12 pitch). Check out the benefits of steep roofs to help make your decision:
A steeper roof is better at shedding water. It also helps reduce water penetration through minor leaks. You will want to consider getting heavy-duty gutters, but the roof will more effectively transfer water from roofing material to gutters at a steeper pitch.
Debris and critters may find their way onto your roof. This can be annoying and cost you money. A steeper roof adds a natural defense mechanism against debris and critters: gravity. The steeper your roof, the more difficult it is for critters and debris to get a foothold on your roof, which reduces the risk of damage and other issues.
Flat roofs typically require more maintenance because they have a higher chance of collecting debris, water, and critters. This means that you will pay more over time for a flatter roof than a steep one. As mentioned above, a steep roof sheds water, critters, and debris much easier than a flatter roof. This means maintenance to a steep roof over time reduces quite a bit.