Here at Elite Contractors, we offer commercial roofing services in Cleveland. If you are looking for a roofing contractor that you can trust to get the job done right, the first time, on time, then we are the people to call. The roofing needs of a business of usually differ from the roofing needs of a residential home. The last thing a business owner wants is for their company to be stopped in their tracks because of its roof. Here, we would like to go over the difference between low slope roofing and steep slope roofing, and which is better for commercial and residential applications.

Low Slope Roofing

Low slope roofing is the type of roofing that you will normally find on commercial buildings. Often called “flat roofs”, this is actually a misnomer as even flat roofs have a slight slope to get rid of rainfall and debris. Technically, a slope of 14 degrees or less is necessary to be determined a low slope roof. Low slope roofing materials utilize weatherproof membranes to protect a building from the elements, like wind and especially water (when there is less of a slope, water pooling becomes more of a danger). Because of this, commercial roofing materials tend to be tough, adding structural strength to a building. Usually, their materials will be waterproof, resistant to ultraviolet light, and able to withstand damage from punctures. There are a wide range of commercial roofing materials, ranging from polyurethane foam sprays to fabricated metal.

Steep Slope Roofing

Almost all residential roofs are made with a steep slope roofing style, with low slope residential roofs being the exception. A roof is technically defined as a steep slope roof if its slope exceeds 14 degrees. Steep slope roofs are made up of three main parts: the roof deck, underlayment, and roof covering. The roof deck is the structural support of the entire roof, and is usually made out of plywood. The underlayment provides weatherproofing, as well as a secondary covering to the roof deck. The Roof covering is the external material, made tough to stand up to the weather and elements. There are a wide range of steep slope residential roofing materials, including asphalt shingle, slate tile, metal, concrete, clay, wood shake, and more.


The needs of a commercial roof are very different than the needs of a residential roof. If you are looking for someone to install or repair your commercial roof in Cleveland, make sure they are qualified commercial contractors. Here at Elite Contractors, we have years worth of knowledge and experience in commercial contracting to put to use for you.

Interested in our commercial roofing services in Cleveland? Please feel free to give us a call for more information about how our services can help you at your earliest convenience. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!