Suitable roof tiles for a low pitch roof

Roof pitches across the UK can vary from very low pitches of 12° and 15°, upto 70°, the most common type of roof pitch will be at an angle of 40-50°. When working with a low pitch, the choice of tile you make can have a huge impact on performance.

Advantages of a low pitched roof?

  • Less roof space to fill with air, aiding in the cooling of the property
  • Reduced installation costs, as there is less surface area of the roof to construct reducing both material and installation costs.

However, the lower the pitch, the more potential for water ponding to occur and leaks and issues with the roof. As wind-driven rain is blown across the ‘flatter’ surface, it can ingress into the roof and damage it. Finally, the lower pitch means it cannot drain as fast as a higher pitch roof. It is therefore important to know which roof tiles are suitable for a low pitched roof.

Metal roof tiles

Metal roof tiles are lightweight, durable and versatile and they can be used on roof pitches as low as 10° and on vertical facias. This makes them a fantastic choice for low pitched roofs and for pitched to flat conversions. 

The BMI AeroDek metal tile range can be installed on pitches as low as 10° and they can be installed vertically, as they can be installed on lighter roof construction they can significantly reduce the overall construction time and cost.

Want to know more? Check out our blog exploring the benefits of lightweight metal roofing.

Interlocking concrete and clay pantiles

Interlocking clay and concrete tiles are weathertight, easy to install and suitable for roof pitches from 12.5°. The BMI Redland Regent tile is extremely versatile and can be installed on pitches from 12.5° upto 90°, making it ideal for extensions and lean-to roofing.

In fact the BMI Redland Profile tiles range are all suitable for low pitch roofs from 12.5° to 17.5°, they are available in a wide range of colours and finishes and designed for speed and ease of installation.

For more information about our range of Interlocking Profile tiles please visit, https://redland.co.uk/products/profile-range

Slate tiles

With the appearance of natural slate plus the added benefits of precision engineering and modern manufacturing techniques, the BMI Cambrian slate tile is a fantastic choice for a slate roof that can be installed on pitches as low as 15°. The tiles are manufactured in Wales, and contain up to 60% recycled Welsh slate, meaning they weather just like natural slate.4

In conclusion, the choice between slate, metal and concrete and clay are all appealing for different reasons and apply differently to each project you undertake. If you need any advice or want to know more about tiles suitable for your roofing project please contact us on 0330 123 4585 or email technical.uk@bmigroup.com

Find out more about tiles that are suitable for your roofing project by completing the form below

Related

What are the Benefits of Lightweight Metal Roofing

27th May 2020. 5:00 pm


If you’re looking for alternatives to traditional roofing materials that offer versatile and economical advantages, lightweight metal roof tiles may provide the perfect solution for your project.

Read full post

Cambrian Burgh Island

04th Jun 2020. 10:48 am


Wild and unpredictable weather in this coastal location required a robust tile that could be installed on a low pitch roof and withstand the elements, when it came to refurbishing this clifftop property.

Read full post

Suitable roof tiles for a low pitch roof