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How to build or improve a roof’s slope with one easy solution

Whether you’re installing a roof on a new building or making changes to an existing roof, addressing the slope is a critical first step. The purpose of the slope is to allow rainwater to drain easily, thus preventing the costly damage that inevitably results from standing water.

Though most buildings today are designed with adequate slope toward roof drains, gutters, or drain scuppers, some older buildings can encounter problems if the structure wasn’t built with adequate slope to begin with—or if the structure has settled or shifted to the point that the original designed slope has changed.

Standing water can cause damage to properties in a number of ways: by adding additional weight to the structure; by promoting vegetation growth on the roof; by increasing the potential and severity of leaks; and by potentially affecting your warranty. 

Achieving the correct slope is the only way to remove or lesson these risks, and it can be achieved in one of two ways: structurally, or from slope insulation.

Slope insulation gaining is huge favour among architects and building owners alike. SOPREMA, an international manufacturer specializing in the production of innovative roofing products, shares some of the main advantages and explains why slope insulation is fast becoming the ultimate comprehensive solution.

It’s versatile.

Unlike a structural slope, slope insulation can be used in both new and existing structures. In existing structures, it can be used to correct a slope that’s changed or collapsed over time. In new builds, it can be used as a counter-slope to redirect water, or as a full-slope system. If some changes are required after the completion of the structure (such as moving drains or mechanical units), or if it’s not possible to build drains on low structural points, this work can be completed afterwards. The flexibility and availability of materials enable qualified installers to react quickly and efficiently.

It’s cost effective.

We all know that cost is the most important factor when choosing a roof system for your building. That said, balancing performance with cost is another important goal. With this solution, you can be assured you are achieving long-lasting performance without breaking the bank. One reason is that the installation is easy and less time-consuming than making structural changes. Qualified installers can simply add or correct a roof without having to change or completely remove the roofing system that’s already in place. You can also choose insulation from a variety of price points, ensuring you stay within your budget.

It’s sustainable.

At SOPREMA, the long-term objectives of designing a sustainable roofing system including keeping the system in place as long as possible to avoid materials being sent to disposal sites, and eliminating the use of new materials. Energy economy, sustainability, efficient utilization of raw materials and waste reduction are major considerations guiding roofing design and specifications.

SOPREMA’s Slope Design Service

From consolation to installation and follow-up, SOPREMA offers a comprehensive service that takes into account each project’s settings and needs. With several variations and options to choose from, you can be sure your technical and budgetary constraints will be met, and the end result satisfactory.

* Service available for the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes

For more information on this service visit: www.soprema.ca or email slope@soprema.ca.

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