If your roofing system has a pitch that's greater than 3:12 slope, it's considered a steep slope roof. For every foot measured horizontally, the rise would have to be 3 inches or higher for it to be in the category of steep slope roof. Once we realize we are dealing with a system that falls into this category, there will be extra safety precautions needed to prevent accidents relating to trips, slips, and falls.
There's many different materials used for steep slope roofing including Asphalt roll roofing, asphalt shingles (3-Tab or Three Dimensional), Wood shake, clay, concrete, slate, Spanish tile, and metal roofing. Some of the roofing systems that fall in this category can include Modified Bitumen, but generally, we do not use this material for steep slope applications based on the application process used to install it.
Steep slope systems are typically beneficial in regions where there is an abnormally higher rainfall in the region because it helps minimize the possibility of any standing water on the roof. They're also used in areas of high population density to add more attic and storage space.
It is most common to use asphalt shingles for steep slope roofing application because of it's traction properties. It's the easiest to install, safety mechanism installation is more accessible around the roofing material, and will last longer than any form of tiling installation that could come loose a bit easier. Highly saturated asphalt shingles known as 3-D shingles or three-dimensional shingles are typically the most durable and widely used roofing medium for this application. The ultra-violet light exposure here in Southern California requires that we use a type that has different colored granules embedded into the surface to reduce the degradation of the fiber texture underneath.
Wood Shake, concrete and synthetic tiling are traditionally used in steep slope configurations with an additional mortar overlay application during the installation process. We typically don't recommend using this type due to excess conduction heat transfer to the building during the summer. Metal roofing is also a good option for steep slope application because it is light and easy to handle. The popularity is rising quickly due to its thermal properties and natural convection attributes.
Whether you're looking for a repair, upgrade, or new installation for your steep roofing application, we'll have the perfect options for any situation you're facing, rest assured. We always have a variety of options for our customers, and we're committed to helping you make the smartest selection for your home or business roofing system. With our expert support and installation crew, we'll have it installed with full craftsmanship and material warranty for that added comfort and peace of mind. We look forward to helping you soon!