Your home shouldn’t be submerged in water. No matter what all comes your way, you don’t want water on the inside of your home. Fiberglass, tiles, slate, shakes, asphalt and various other types of shingles can all end up leaking, especially when they aren’t properly taken care of and installed. These shingles are designed to shed the water down on a sloped or pitched surface. The steeper your slope, the better it is going to be for your shingles. When you have a steeper surface, it tends to shed water a lot faster, as well as dry it up quickly.
You aren’t going to be able to put shingles on roofs that have a pitch less than 2-12. Unless special conditions exist, many roofers aren’t going to recommend it on a pitch less than 4-12. Any roof that is lower than 2-12 needs to have a roofing system that is designed to work for low-slope roofs. Just because you might have shingles on your roof now, that doesn’t mean you should replace your roof with the same thing you currently have on it. Even though your roof isn’t leaking now, that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be later on down the road.
No responsible roofer is going to use material that isn’t right for your roof. Good roofers are going to look at your roof and evaluate it on a case-by-case basis. Low-slope or low-pitched roofs in areas that have an expansive population without being near open land or water aren’t going to use the same material as one that faces north along the river. Every situation is different, which is why an experienced roofer will be able to evaluate your situation and choose what is going to work the best for you.
There are so many different options that you need someone who is willing to take the time to determine what you need for your property. Don’t just go with the first roofing material and hope it works out fine. Trust in someone who knows what it takes to get you the roof of your dreams, while working within the confines of your budget.