If it's time to completely replace your steeply sloped roof, it may also be time to consider a complete restructuring. Having the new roof rebuilt into a lower slope design can provide you with many benefits both immediately and in the future.
1. Rooftop Installation Possibilities
A lower-sloped roof provides more options for the future. If you ever want to switch to a rooftop-mounted HVAC system, for example, it is much easier to do so with a low-slope roof. Mounting solar panels is also easier on a lower slope, and it is easier to have the panels properly positioned. Further, it is easier to service rooftop installation on a low-slope roof compared to servicing on a steep slope.
2. Lower Energy Costs
One major issue with a steeply sloped roof is that there is a larger attic space, which traps hot air during the summertime and can lead to high air conditioning costs. In the winter, this space has to be heated or else the entire house can feel cold. A lower slope on the roof effectively lowers the area the HVAC system has to regulate without detracting from the living space. This can lead to major savings.
3. Easier Maintenance
The steeper the slope, the harder it is to maintain the roof. You won't be able to safely DIY simple tasks, such as hanging holiday lights or checking vent covers, simply because the roof is too steep to safely access. Roofing repairs may actually cost more on a steeply sloped roof, as well, since service techs may need to spend more time on the roof and use specialized safety equipment in order to work safely on the roof.
4. Fewer Gutter Clogs
One issue with steep roofs is that debris that lands on the roof promptly flows into the gutters, and steep slopes tend to be of greater square footage, so there is more debris on the roof. The quick flow of debris can overload gutters. On a lower slope, water flows easily but not as quickly, and there is less roof square footage to gather debris, so gutters don't clog quite as easily.
3. Less Expensive Installation
The lower square footage of a low-slope roof means quicker installation and fewer materials when compared to the larger, steeply sloped roof. There may be an initial investment in new roof trusses when you first convert to the lower slope, but going forward, you will pay less for roof repairs and replacements.
Contact a residential roofing service to learn more about updating the slope of your roof.