Choosing the best material for your home or business roof replacement involves a few different factors. Narrowing down the potential options starts with considering the pitch level of your roof. If your structure has a lean-to or shed style roof, you have at least one section of roof that is pitched on a steep down-sloping angle. So that will automatically narrow down your range of choices, which can be further narrowed depending on budget or personal preference.

Here are a few of the best roofing materials for a lean-to roof on your home or business.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles or shakes are typically made of cedar and available in a variety of colors, which are mostly stains that allow the natural variations of the wood shine to through. These shingles are good choices for a steep roof such as a lean-to because the wide spacing between the interlocking shingles helps water run down the roof and into the gutter rather than pooling between the shingles.

The wood provides an attractive, natural look for a roofing style that might be highly visible from the street. Downsides of wood include the fact that the shingles are prone to weather damage and require quite a lot of upkeep. The wood also risks making a house fire worse due to flammability.

Standing Seam Metal

Standing seam metal roofing features long strips of metal that are fitted together similarly to shingles. The primary difference is that the sides of the strips are raised or vertical. So when two strips are placed next to each other those sides come together to form a seam. The seam is then secured with a fastener for stability.

Standing seam metal is waterproof and fairly durable, though it can be damaged by hard impacts from hail or branches. You can order the metal in lighter colors if energy efficiency is an issue or darker colors if you are more concerned about the cosmetic appeal.

Built-Up Roofing

Built-up roofing, also called BUR roofing, is a multi-level application involving a few different types of roofing materials. The materials involved usually include asphalt, gravel, and fiberglass mats added between the other layers for insulation.

BUR is commonly used on low-pitched roofs due to its excellent waterproofing. The BUR also reflects the ultraviolet rays of the sun and is thus energy efficient. On the downside, weather-wise, the BUR can be damaged by high winds or impacts if the layers are dislodged.

For more information, contact a roofing company like Earhart Roofing Company Inc for a professional consultation on which steep-slope roofing is best for your home.