Steep Slope Roofing: Applications and Material Selections

by | Aug 30, 2021 | Shingle Roofing

When it comes to your home or business, one of the most essential parts of your building’s structure is your roof.  However, not every roofing application works with every roofing system. To find the right roofing system involves examining various options such as weight, cost, lifespan, maintenance, and the overall look of your roof. Environmental factors and sustainability are also some possible things to consider. 

But of all things to consider, roof slope is super important. It affects all things maintenance and is regarded as a primary factor in roof design. So, whether your roof is a steep-pitch, or a low-slope designed roof, the roof will make a significant impact on the finished product.  

Materials and Applications

Asphalt Shingles:

Asphalt shingles are multi-layered surface materials that provide strong resistance to impact, fire, and UV damage. Asphalt shingles are made up of a base material; usually, a felt or fiberglass mat can add increased strength and durability to minimize damage from natural conditions.

Wood Shakes/Shingles:

Wood shakes, and wood shingles are steep-slope roofing materials that are derived from redwood trees, as well as cypress, pine, and red cedar trees. However, there are key differences between wood shakes and wood shingles. 

For starters, wood shingles are sawed on both sides and are uniform in thickness. They typically come in 18-inch or 24-inch sizes.

Whereas wood shakes are cut from logs and have a tendency to be thicker than shingles. Woof shakes are typically split on at least one side to give the shake added texture.

Clay and Concrete Tile:

Clay and concrete tiles are the two main types of roofing tiles. Tiles are a popular choice because they suit a variety of different styles, colors, and finishes – giving the homeowner many options. 

Clay tiles are made from baking molded clay, whereas concrete tiles are a blend of cement, sand, and water. In addition, the thickness of clay tiles is determined by the duration with which the clay is heated, whereas concrete tiles are molded in high-pressured conditions.


Slate is a roofing material derived from rocks, and its consistency may vary from smooth to rough surfaces. Slate is a non-absorbent material that is not only dense but durable too. Slate comes in three different groups, being standard, which is rough and uniform; standard smooth, which is uniform and smooth; and textural, which is variable in size in texture.

Metal Coverings:

The two major types of metal roofing systems are structural and architectural, and each contains their own key qualities and benefits. However, architectural metal roofing systems are better suited for steep-slope roofing because of their water-shedding properties.

 In addition, aluminum is a common choice because aluminum does not rust and can muffle the sound of outside rain and wind. Metal roofing systems also traditionally last longer compared to other low slope roofing options, and because of this made be more cost-effective over time.

A Family Company You Trust

When considering installing a steep-pitch or low slope roof, it is essential that you find a company you can trust. Luckily, AWS Roofing is here to help. AWS Roofing is a family-owned and operated business that serves residential and commercial customers all over the great state of Florida. 

We service Edgewater, Orlando Metro, New Smyrna, Daytona Beach, and Palm Coast. With over three decades of experience, we ensure your roof is taken care of by the best in business. We are licensed, bonded, and insured – and looking forward to working with you on your next steep-pitch or low slope roof.

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If you live in Florida and are considering installing a low-slope or steep pitch roof, give us a call today for a free estimate and consultation. We offer a wide variety of low-slope and steep pitch roofing options and would love to help get you started. So, give us a call today at (386)-210-7278 or visit our website at

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