Hello - we are adding an addition to our modern home and it will have an
almost flat roof. I am so hesitant to put a flat roof on with all the
problems I have read about, but the wife wants it and it will look nice.
We will have *some* pitch on the roof - likely around 1/12 or less.
So the questions:
- Any recommendations on how to not get leaks?!
- Any recommendations on what to use for roofing material? I have read
that 'normal' shingles can't be used for less than 3/12 pitch.
asphalt shingles can be put on a 2/12 pitch provided you have two
layers of 30 lb felt with tar in between or more likely, ice and water
However, on a pitch of 1/12 you will want a EPDM membrane roof (aka
rubber). find a roofer who has worked with it and you won't have any
No. Spend the extra money for peace of mind. Go with the rubber
membrane (EDPM) as suggested earlier. You can get one with a 20 year
Which would you prefer, a 20 year warranted roof or one that's easy to
spot leaks in? Duh!
If it were me, I would go with metal. Standing seam if you
can afford it. Lasts longer than you will, probably.
You cannot use asphalt shingles. The slope is too low.
EPDM (as mentioned elswhere) would be another solution, and
the lowest possible cost initially would be roll roofing (you
will have to repair and/or replace it often).
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