Whether you are planning on constructing a new garage or simply renovating an old one, choosing the best roofing option for a garage is important just as it is for your home. You need to keep in mind that the roofing option you will eventually choose shouldn’t just be about matching the roof of your home, but it should also serve its intended purpose – which is to effectively protect everything in it from external elements while enhancing the look and style of your home.
Here are some different roofing options that you can use for your garage and will be a great combination with some of the best house siding out there. Either when building a new garage or just renovating one already in existence, this article is exactly what you’re looking for.
High Pitched Garage Roofs
High pitched roofs generally have a pitch above 2.12, they are usually about 6 inches high for every 12 inches across. They not only enhance the overall exterior design of a building but also add some durability.
High pitched roofs can be styled differently, from hip roofs to dome roofs to gable roofs and lots more. Constructing a high pitched roof requires a certain type of roofing material irrespective of the style chosen. Some of the common roofing materials used for high pitched roofs range from concrete tiles to metal roofing to class 4 shingles and a few others. High pitched roofing can be the best option for a garage if you live in areas with high rainfall or snow.
Pros as a garage roof
Since they have high slopes, it is almost impossible for elements such as moisture to remain on it for a long time thereby preventing leakages that can occur as a result of moisture remaining on the roof for a long time.
Choosing a high pitched roof for your garage can equally mean better energy management. During summer, a high-pitched roof can help cut down the cost of cooling bills for the garage as it allows for more ventilation.
While the high-pitched roofs offer some benefits, they can also be problematic mostly depending on your location. In places prone to high winds and hurricanes, choosing a high pitched roof might not be the best choice. High winds can peel off the roofing materials and in extreme cases, detach the roof from the walls of the garage causing the roof to collapse. Also, in some cases, constructing a high-pitched roof can require a larger budget as some styles require more materials for completion.
There is a lot more to learn about pitched roofs! We’ve dedicated an entire post to different pitched roof styles.
Low Slope/Flat Garage Roofs
Roofs having a pitch below 2:12 are considered low sloping roofs or flat roofs. They are less expensive and can beautifully enhance your garage trim. There are three types of flat roofs to choose from, which are built-up roof (BUR), modified bitumen roof (MBR), and rubber membrane roof (EPDM). Keep in mind that not all kinds of material will work for a flat roof.
Pros as a garage roof
Since they are not too steep, it is cheaper to maintain compared to their high pitched counterpart, as you can easily perform DIY maintenance on them, unlike the high pitched roof that would require the services of a professional most of the time. If you’re on a tight budget, a low sloping roof can help ease the strain on your budget as they usually do demand fewer materials.
Choosing a low sloping roof means you can generate cost-effective energy as these roofs support the installation of solar panels.
Choosing low sloping roofs can be budget-friendly at the initial stage, but in the long run, the cost of maintenance can be overwhelming.
A low sloping roof means there is an increased possibility of experiencing leakages as flat roofs tend to accommodate moisture, which degrades the roofing material over time. For this reason, it is best to seek other options if you live in a location prone to high rainfall.
There are different roofing materials dedicated to providing leak coverage on low sloped roofing systems. Take a look at this blog post for more details on EPDM and TPO roofing materials.
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Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.