Roofing Pitches and Their Benefits Explained

By Stacy Mellete

One of the most important factors you have to consider in getting a new roof is the type of roofing system you’re going to use. Are you going for low-sloped roofing or for steep-sloped roofing?

Not to be confused with the types of materials, low-sloped and steep sloped roofing is all about the pitch, or the height of your roof’s slope. This is vital, as your choice will determine how you want your new roof to work for you.

Affordable Roofing Systems, the leading residential roofing contractor in St. Petersburg FL, helps you know more about these types of roofing system.

Low-Sloped Roofing

For a roof to be considered a low-sloped roof, the pitch or the slope should be less than 3:12. Low slopes are usually used for residential roofing, but are now also for residential use in recent years. The materials used for low-sloped roofing are:

  • Built-up roof membranes
  • Spray polyurethane foam-based (SPF) roof systems
  • Metal panel roof systems
  • Modified bitumen sheet
  • Single-ply (e.g. PVC, EPDM, TPO)
  • Tar and gravel
  • Asphalt


  • Costs – This type of roof needs less material to build. This means it’s easier and faster to build, reducing your labor and the costs.
  • Maintenance Requirement – It is much easier to walk on flat roofs. It’s also easier to clean, maintain, and repair.
  • Multi-Functional – The flat surface provides extra space, perfect for rooftop gardening and more.

Steep-Sloped Roofing

This is the most common type used for residential roofing. In fact, this is what everyone would think of when envisioning the roof of a home. Steep-sloped roofing has a higher pitch or a higher angle. Under this type of roofing are:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Clay and concrete tile
  • Metal roofing
  • Slate
  • Wood shakes and shingles
  • Synthetic


  • Long Lasting – These roof have a longer lifespan than flat roofs
  • Attractive – These are more aesthetically pleasing than flat roofs
  • Faster water run off
  • Lower chances of debris buildup
  • Lower chances of molds and mildew

If you need help your roofing Company in St Petersburg FL, and the surrounding areas, Affordable Roofing Systems is the company you can trust. In fact, we offer our own guarantee of workmanship to go along with the manufacturer warranties of our products. We provide a range of roofing products and services that are sure to meet your home’s needs.

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Our Roofing Solutions

Your roof has an important job to do to keep your home dry, but it can also be an impressive home feature.


Our stone coated steel roofing system is available in a wide range of styles including Tile, Shake, Slate, and Shingle, and in a variety of colors. We’ll help you to choose one that will fit your home’s style and your budget.


As the most-used roofing type across North America, asphalt strikes a balance between price and durability, with a life expectancy of up to 20. Shingles are available for those who want affordable, genuine slate roofing.


Tile roofs offer unparalleled value when cost per year of use is factored in. While upfront costs are higher, customers who choose a clay or concrete tile roof will enjoy the aesthetics and quality for a lifetime.


Metal roofs today come in a wide array of colors and finishes. Innovations in metal roofing technology have significantly enhanced the performance of metal roofs.

TPO Membrane

TPO can be installed to any scale with some of the world’s largest building utilizing TPO roofing systems – it comes in strips typically 8ft 10ft and 12ft wide that are heat welded on site.

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