What material for a low slope roof?

Old 05-22-13, 06:55 PM
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What material for a low slope roof?

I bought a house on foreclosure that has an addition on it with a 2:12 roof. The bank had it reroofed while in foreclosure and they put shingles on it. And it does leak. I currently have the room below it gutted and will be putting a new roof on. I've thought about putting Ice and Water Shield on the entire roof and then either torch down or regular rolled roofing. I've read today that Ice Shield shouldn't be put on the entire roof due to the roof not being able to breath. What's everyone's opinion on that and what do you recommend as the top layer.

Old 05-22-13, 07:36 PM
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Bob, I know it may not suit the aesthetics of the roof, but with that shallow of a pitch, I would consider a metal roof. Shingles on 2:12 will invariably leak, if not from direct rain, from blown rain, and it doesn't have to be very much. I'm from the south, so we don't have problems you have with freezing and don't use Ice Shield.
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Why does a roof need to breath? That is what attic venting is for. And it is not on the entire roof, just the addition.
I would go with the ice and water shield on the whole roof and asphalt shingles.

** edit: I like Chandler's idea better. Metal roof. One big long sheet of seamless steel.

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