Types of Roofs

Low slope roofs are most often found on commercial buildings and occasionally on older residential buildings or on things like porch extensions and added garage shelters. The technical definition is that a low slope roof has a drop of less than 4-inches per foot. That means this roof will drain water very slowly and it is therefore not advisable to use asphalt shingles on low slope roofs. The most typical roofing materials are Built Up Roofing, Modified Bitumin Systems, and EPDM which is a membrane system. The average life span of a properly installed system can be as long as 20-years. Poor installation will sharply reduce the life of these roof systems.

Steep slope roofs are most often found on residential homes and have a slope of 4-12 inches per foot and are considered very appropriate for use of asphalt shingles, tile, and slate roofing products. These roofing systems, when properly installed, can have a life span of 30+ years.

Roof Components

  • Decking: This is the wood sheathing that is mounted onto the rafters which support the roof. The decking requires a specific nail pattern by Florida code to minimize the possibility of roof failure during a severe weather event. This pattern must be properly installed when the roof is repl