According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, “Roof systems and materials generally are divided into generic classifications: low slope and steep slope.” Dividing roofing into these two categories assists homeowners in finding the most appropriate roofing material for their home.

There are roofing options for you no matter what type of roofing structure you have, so it is important to be informed about the best type of roofing material to use on your home.

Low slope is classified as a roofing membrane with a slope less than or equal to 3:12. This category also includes fl at roofing systems, which have little to no pitch. These are most identified as roofs that are nearly horizontal, and have enough slope so that the water can drain off (typically 1:12 pitch or lower).
Here are some ideal roofing materials for low-slope roofs, in order of affordability. Built-up roofing is the traditional hot tar and gravel roofing system. Modified Bitumen, also known as Brai, is comprised of rubber and elastomers, which also are arguably stronger than tar. There is also TPO, which is a single-ply rolled roofing system; the product consists of large sheets of plastic or rubber compounds that are mechanically fastened or fully adhered to the roofing deck. The seams of the TPO product overlap and are then welded together by heat, forming a monolithic, or seamless, roof. This is the new roof of choice for contractors, and it offers great warranty and excellent reflectivity.

Surface Shield Roofing Co. prides itself on being a certified installer for numerous material manufacturers, including but not limited to, Carlisle and Certain-Teed, well known manufacturers of low-slope roofing products. Being a certified installer allows Surface Shield Roofing Co. to offer valuable warranty options to homeowners with low-slope roofing systems. These warranties range from 10 to 25 years, depending on material choice and installation.


If you already have a low-slope system in place, but want to cool down the area or enhance the longevity of the roof, the company recommends utilizing any choice of its silicone, acrylic or urethane coating systems. These will create a watertight roofing membrane as well as assist homeowners that have ponding water issues that may be degrading the integrity of their current roofing system.

Surface Shield Roofing Co. is a Platinum Certified Installer for Tropical Silicone and a certified installer for Gaco. This allows the company to provide ironclad warranties on coating systems, ranging from 15 years to a lifetime.

It is a full-service roofing business, offering Hawaii’s homeowners multiple roofing installation options and some of the best warranties in the industry, based specifically on their roofing needs and aesthetic desires.

To learn more about Surface Shield Roofing Co. and receive a free estimate, call 739-9599 or visit the website

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