The use of metal roofs for both residential and commercial roofing is becoming a popular choice among property owners in Fort Worth.
Metal roofing systems are durable and can last up to 50 years with the right maintenance, checks, and restoration. Unlike other roofing options, metal roofs are a low maintenance choice.
Low pitch metal roofs are also gaining momentum as a popular choice among property owners, especially among business or commercial property owners specifically. A roof slope is denoted by a ratio that just gives the vertical length proportionate to the horizontal length of the roof in inches. For example, a slope of 3:12 means that every 3 inches of roof elevation cover a horizontal distance of 12 inches.
A low slope is one that measures between ¼:12 and 3:12. Knowing the roof slope of a property is important because it can affect the structure’s life span and efficiency. The slope determines how well the roof is able to channel water or snow away from the house or commercial building. In the same way, debris such as fallen leaves, branches, and dirt should naturally slide down a roof with a decent slope.
Flat Roofs or Low slope roofs are prone to damage from having these things staying on top for extended periods of time. Most low slope metal roofs rely on an interlocking panel system with standing seams that are vertically set on the roof’s surface. Low pitch metal roofs are also known as low slope metal roofs.
Minimum Slope Requirements
The minimum slope requirements are dependent on the roof profile of the building. This also depends on the metal sheets used for roofing. Technically, the roof slope refers to the slope of the actual metal panels that form the roof while the roof pitch is the rise of the roof deck. However, since the metal roof slope is dependent on the roof pitch, the terms are often used almost synonymously.
Before settling on a specific metal roofing material, property owners and contractors should clarify with manufacturers that those materials are a good fit for the type of roofing system you are looking to install.
Benefits of Low Pitch Metal Roofs
Architects, roofing contractors, and homeowners have slowly begun applying more low pitch metal roofs into residential buildings. Aside from providing buildings with longer service life, lower slopes also cost less, are more sustainable, and require less maintenance. They also have a higher resistance to wind and are more likely to last if a storm were to hit Fort Worth.
This type of roof has long been preferred for commercial roofing because of how effective they are in protecting the building against harsh environmental conditions. Because of the roofing material, they are also less prone to degradation. Which explains why they typically last longer. These are some of the specific benefits that you can get with a low pitched metal roof.
Overall Lower Cost
You can often find manufacturers offering 20 to 40-year warranties on low slope metal roofing products. This is a testament to how they believe in the strength, durability, and sustainability of low slope metal roofs in the long term. Aside from being low cost, metal roofs are relatively low maintenance and have a much longer service life compared to other roofing options.
Less Stress on The Structure
Low slope metal roofs tend to be lighter than other roofing options. They typically only weigh around 100lbs per 100 sq ft. Their lightweight also makes them really easy to install. Lighter roofing systems put less stress on the building’s structure and make it safer in areas that are prone to earthquakes.
The reflective property of metal roofs reduces the amount of heat absorbed into your home. This makes the inside of your home or commercial property cooler, lowering your cooling bills by even 40%.
Low Pitch Metal Roof Options
When planning to install or replace a low pitch metal roof, the recommended approach is to use mechanically seamed standing seam panels, which should be set over open purlins. The height of the seam should be at least 2 inches, especially for roofs with the lowest slopes. The right contractor is sure to avoid using snap-together type panes for a sturdy and durable installation.
Reilly Roofing and Gutters offers tons of services that can cater to your residential or commercial roofing needs.
If you want to know your options, Reilly Roofing and Gutters can consult with either property owners, home or building developers, architects, and engineers to give you options for the design and build of your property