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The Scoop On Flat & Low-Pitched Roofs:

Commercial buildings and even many residential homes have roofs with slight or no pitch at all.  Flat and low-pitched roofs are more susceptible to leaks because water, snow and ice do not shed off the roof as easily.  A common mistake that inexperienced roofers make is installing a shingle where a low slope-roofing product should be used; this can result in ice back-ups and water entering a home, especially around roof protrusions.

The Right product For The Job:

For flat and low slope roofs, an approved low slope-roofing product should be used to guard against leaks.  Low slope roofing products such as rubber membrane (EPDM) and modified bitumen are effective in providing great protection for flat roofs, shed dormers, deck houses and the like.

EPDM – A synthetic rubber, single-ply membrane used for flat roofing, derived from oil and natural gas. This roofing type is available in a variety of widths and thicknesses.

Modified bitumen – An asphalt roof (along with added modifers for a rubber-like quality) available in a range of colors. This roofing type can have the appearance of shingles on a residential roof.

Hire The Right Contractor:

Many roofers have not had the proper training or experience with low slope products, and so we often come across improperly installed membrane and low slope roofs.  Be sure to hire a professional that specializes in these applications and has the proper certifications, training and experience in low slope and flat roofing applications.

If you have flat or low slope roofing needs, be sure to contact LaBelle Roofing. We’d love to help you out with your project.

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