Fact or Fiction: Steep Roofs Last Longer  


A roof with a steeper pitch will last longer than a flat roof in almost all situations. Here are some facts to help clarify why a steep roof will last longer than a flat roof types.

Steep Roof Facts

  • Water runs off of a steep roof faster, which allows the roofing materials to dry faster. Standing water, which can lead to mold and rot, is not an issue with a steep roof.
  • During the hot summer months, a steep roof absorbs less radiation from the sun. This leads to a longer lifespan for roofing materials.
  • If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, a steeper roof allows the snow to slide off before the load becomes too heavy.
  • Debris such as fallen tree limbs and leaves are less likely to remain on a steeper roof. These items can collect moisture if left in place.

In most situations related to climate a geography, a steeper roof is going to last longer than a flat roof. There can be diminishing returns to this, however. For example, if a roof is too steep, the adhesive may not be strong enough to hold the roofing materials in place.

So how do you determine what pitch will be perfect for your roof? The best way to find out is to contact Premiere Roofing directly at 803-244-9428 and speak with a roofing specialist. We can provide you with a free estimate, whether you need roof repairs or if you want an entirely new roof.


Just want to thank you and your crew for the excellent job you did on my “sad” roof. It looks great & best of all, no leaks around the chimney. Bill was impressed with the post roof clean-up.

Pat P.
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