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Schenectady Roofing: Article About Steep Slope Vs. Low Slope Roofs

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A roof is an essential part of a home. It protects the family and their possessions from the elements. Many people don't stop to think about all the things their roof protects them from. Rain, sleet, snow, hail, high winds and even bright sunshine are things that we would continuously be subjected to if we did not have proper functioning roofs over our heads. Our furniture, carpeting, flooring, appliances, artwork and clothing would all be at the mercy of these elements, not to mention that a roof protects the structure of the home itself.

Roofs can be divided into two types: low slope roofs and steep slope roofs. Low slope roofs typically consist of weatherproof or water impermeable membranes. Low slope roofs are defined as those roofs with a pitch equal or less than 3:12 (3 inches of rise for every foot of run). Steep slope roofs are considered any roof that exceeds this pitch. Highly dependable and reliable Schenectady Roofing professionals are available to help determine the right kind of roof for any home or structure.

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Most low slope roofs are composed primarily of three different components: 1) weatherproofing layer(s) to keep water from entering the roof assembly; 2) a reinforcement layer to make the membrane stronger and more resistant to puncture; 3) a surface layer to protect the weatherproofing and reinforcement layers from sunlight and weather damage. Some surfacing provides more fire resistance and stands up better to foot traffic, hail and increased solar reflectivity.

Steep slope roofs are typically composed of three layers: 1) roof deck is usually a wood-based material such as OSB or plywood. This gives structure to the roof and provides a surface to which the other layers will be secured; 2) underlayment provides a secondary weatherproofing barrier and serves as a temporary layer of protection until the roof covering is applied; 3) the roof covering is the layer of the roof that is visible. It consists of a material that is designed to absorb as little water as possible, such as asphalt shingles, but can also be metal, clay, wood, concrete, or synthetic materials. This layer is designed to shed water and get it off the roof so that the gutter system can route it away from the foundation of the home.

The quality of the layers that go into a roof do make a difference. The exterior surface and roof covering layers vary in terms of maintenance, durability and cost, but the roof deck and underlayment are important as well. If there is a problem with the exterior layer of your roof, these layers can pitch in and prevent extensive damage to your structure.

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