Roofing Leaks And Water Damage: Dealing With Low Roof Pitch Problems When Replacing Old Shingles


There are many things that can cause the wear of old roofing materials, but when the slope is lower or nearly flat, water is a big issue. To deal with the water problems with low-pitch roof designs, you may want to consider structural changes, reinforced underlayment and asphalt shingle alternatives like membranes. The following solutions to deal with low roof pitches will solve the problems with leaks and water damage in your home.

Reinforcing the Roofing with A Durable Underlayment Beneath the Shingles  

The roof of your home should have an underlayment beneath the shingles, which is usually an asphalt felt paper if you have conventional shingles. When replacing the shingles, consider more modern underlayment that is completely impermeable and less likely to leak. This can be plastic-like materials designed for roof installation or thin rubber membrane materials. 

Redesigning Your Roof with A Steeper Pitch in Areas That Are Too Low and Leak  

Sometimes, the flatter areas of your roof are only in certain areas, such as a home addition, patio covering, or other areas. This may be an area where you want to use different materials to avoid water problems, or you can talk to the roofing contractor about making changes to the structure to make it more ideal for shingles and blend in well with the rest of the roof design.  

More Durable and Storm-Resistant Metal Roofing Solutions for Low-Pitch Roofs  

Metal roofing is a great choice of materials if you want to have a more durable and storm-resistant roof for your home. Metal also works well on roofs with a lower pitch because wind and water cannot get beneath the roofing materials and cause damage. Metal roofing also looks good for architectural designs with features like covered porches and other roof structures with a lower pitch.  

Water-Resistant Roofing Membranes Designed for Low-Pitch Roof Designs  

Another option that you may want to consider for your home is rubber membranes, which are probably the best solution for low-pitch roof design. Installing a roofing membrane will help ensure that the roof does not leak, and there are also options with lighter-colored materials, which help to improve the energy efficiency of your home by reflecting heat and UV radiation.  

These are some of the solutions that will help you deal with leaks and water problems due to low-pitch roof designs. If you need help with these improvements for your home, contact a re-roofing company and talk to them about the best solution for the roof of your home.  


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Roofing Fundamentals: What To Know Before Replacement

When it came time to install a new roof on my home, I had no idea where to start. In fact, I was exploring roofing options that were a really poor fit in my climate. It wasn't until I reached out to a local roofer that I got some lessons on how to choose the right roofing material for my home and the weather exposure it is subjected to. I built this site to share my journey, including the mistakes I made and the things that I learned along the way. If you are considering replacing your home's roof, I hope that the information here can help to guide you through the process.