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Understanding Low Slope Roofing

At Cox Roofing we expertly repair and install roofs of every shape and size all over the area. So, if you need new roofing in Columbia MD, Clarksville or Ellicott City, look no further.

Today we’ll discuss few things to consider when installing low slope roofing. Low slope roofing can be a great alternative to a roof with a steeper pitch and can maximize energy efficiency in a building. Here’s what you need to know about this roofing style.

What Is Low Slope Roofing?

Low slope roofing is a roof with a slope of less than 3:12. These types of roofs are common on multi-family structures such as an apartment complex or a row of townhouses. They’re also used for residential garages or on a covered porch. Low slope roofs are also common for manufacturing centers, warehouses, and other industrial structures.

Low slope roofs have three components, the roof membrane, roof insulation, and the roof deck. Fewer materials are used for creating low-slope roofs than with higher-pitched ones, making them more cost-effective. The pitch of low-sloped roofs allows for water run-off. Also, the flatter surface allows easier installation of solar panels, air conditioners, and satellite dishes.


Traditional roofing materials like asphalt shingles don’t lend themselves well to a low slope roof and reduce water runoff. However, rubber roofing, also known as EPDM, is a very popular type of material for this type of roof. The material comes in strong, durable sheets and can last as long as 20 years, important for property owners that don’t wish to have regular re-roofing. Rubber membranes are hardier than metal roofs and don’t require as much maintenance.

Metals are another common type of material for low slope roofing. Copper and stainless steel are the two most common types of metals used. Metal requires more preventative maintenance, including monitoring the seams for leaks.

Roofing Process

Metal roofs must be carefully soldered at the seams to prevent leaks. Our team works with many different types of materials and understands how to cut the pieces into smaller sizes to reduce the effects of thermal expansion, and therefore leaks.

Installing Low Slope Roofing in Columbia MD

At Cox Roofing, we have the knowledge and experience to install every type of roofing in Columbia MD for our clients. We use only the best materials and proper technique to ensure that each seam is carefully sealed and the roof will protect your property. We are happy to offer you a free estimate for your next project. Give us a call or visit us online to learn more!

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