Steep Slope Roofing Systems
Steep Sloped Roofs or Pitched Roofs is defined as a roof structure with a pitch of 3:12 or greater. The roofing materials are typically installed in a 'shingle' fashion starting at the low point, or eave area, and working upward towards the high point of the roof deck. Steep slope roofs can consist of 2 or more roof dedk areas that are joined by hips, vallys or ridges to complete the roof design. The roof design can be as simple as a straignt gable roof structure with 2 deck areas joined by a ridge or be verry complex with several hips and vallys with different slopes. The final design is an architectural decision made by the builder & his architect. Concrete & Clay tile roof systems are, by far, the most popular in the Arizona marketplace. The section below gives a brief description of the most popular roofing products installed on steep sloped roofs.
Concrete & Clay Roof Tile: By far the most popular roof systems in the southwest. The roof tile is installed over a waterproofing membrane, traditionally an asphalt felt, and a metal flashings. Although a tile roof initial installation is generally more expensive than other roofs, they are considered to be more cost effective over the long term due to lower maintenance and longer life expectancy.
Asphalt Shingles: Improvements in the composition of asphalt shingles over the last 20 years has made singles a practical alternative to tile roofs for homeowners on a budget. With a wide variety of designs, weights and colors shingles offer an attractive roof system to complement any house style.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing: Standing seam metal roofs come in a wide variety of gauges, profile sand colors. At the low end are the 'Light Gauge' metals ranging up to the top of the line 22ga metals. Metal roof systems are more expensive than the other types listed above. However, with today's improved Kynar finishes, a properly installed metal roof system will outlast all others.
Cedar Shakes & Shingles: Although once popular in this area, wood shakes and shingles are not as common as they were 20 years ago. The high cost of materials and labor puts this type of roof at the high end. Wood Shakes & Shingles do not last long in our hot desert sun and require frequent treatment to help extend the live of the product.
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