Low slope rooftops are common across many commercial buildings – and for good reason! But business property owners who are remodeling, building a new facility, or considering another commercial purchase may be wondering, “Why are these rooftops low sloped in the first place? Doesn’t that make it easier for rain to collect?”
No – low slope rooftops may look flat, but they are specifically designed to siphon off water when correctly designed, so drainage shouldn’t be an issue. But there are other good reasons to consider this type of roof for larger commercial buildings.
Easier to Maintain
A low slope roof is designed to be as easy as possible to maintain. They’re exceptionally easy to access, and much safer to walk on, inspect, and clean. Ridding it of debris or dirt is very simple, too. In addition, problems that arise are typically easy to quickly and effectively repair.
Low slope rooftops tend to be made from EPDM, TPO, or PVC materials, as well as modified bitumen systems and, in the right situations, metal roofing. These materials tend to be durable and long-lasting, able to withstand a variety of weather conditions for many years, all at an affordable cost. Essentially, low slope roof materials are designed to cover as much space as possible and are incredibly cost-efficient. These costs even out over time, as these rooftops don’t have a lot of maintenance costs compared to other options (such as shingles, which may need more spot repairs and replacements over time).
Individual materials also provide several cost benefits, depending on what businesses choose. Some materials are very cheap to install and can help keep initial costs low for the right companies. Other materials are known for having a long service life and are very durable, so they help keep long-term costs down. Speak with your roofing specialist about costs and what materials or installation options would work best for you.
Low slope rooftops can be energy-efficient with the right design. A roofing company that knows your climate well can recommend the right type of low slope roof to save you money. For example, if your building is in a location that gets a lot of sunlight during the summer, that can overheat the building, and your AC system will struggle to work harder, leading to additional costs. However, a low slope roof can be easily designed with white and reflective materials, so the building absorbs much less heat, leading to lower energy costs all around.
The innate design of the roof also supports this: Less space beneath the roof means less “unnecessary” air that your AC system needs to cool down, so your HVAC units don’t have to work as hard, saving even more money over time, while also cutting down on wear and tear.
Do you have questions about your current roof or what an upgrade would look like? Contact MG Roofing today to arrange an inspection, ask questions and learn more!