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The Importance of Roof Pitch

Roof replacement can present a tricky challenge for homeowners. Finding the right roof replacement contractors in the East Windsor, NJ area can help you streamline the process, but there are still some factors that you need to consider when starting a new roofing project. Whether you are building your home from scratch or plan on replacing an existing roof, factoring in the roof’s pitch goes a long way toward defining your project scope. But what exactly is roof pitch, and why does it have such an impact on your roof project? 


Infographic explaining the importance of roof pitch.

What is Roof Pitch?

Roof pitch refers to the angle at which the roof slopes. There isn’t a set standard across the housing industry for roof pitch, but there are multiple factors that need to be considered when you begin any roofing job. If you are replacing an existing roof, you want to know what the pitch is, and you need to know how to figure out that ratio. To determine your roof’s pitch, you need the roof’s vertical “rise” over the horizontal “run.” That ratio will give you the pitch of the roof. 

While there isn’t an industry standard for roof pitch, most pitches will fall within the range of 4″/12″ to 9″/12″. Pitches lower than a 4″/12″ will lead to your roof having a slight angle, and any under 2″/12″ is considered a flat roof. Pitches that are 9″/12″ and above are regarded as high angle roofs. The steepness of the pitch determines everything from aesthetics to more practical matters, like fallen leaves that may have accumulated on your roof in the fall. Additionally, slopes that are either too steep or too shallow have direct effects on the types of building materials you can utilize for your roof. 

Roof pitch also impacts how much it will ultimately cost for your roof’s installation or repairs. The steeper the roof, the more difficult the worker’s job becomes. The added difficulty increases the overall labor costs to compensate for the extenuating circumstances. 

Material Limitations

Your pitch directly impacts which kinds of materials you can use for your roof. For a shallower pitch, asphalt shingles cannot be used. With low slope or flat roofs, rainwater has an easier time penetrating asphalt shingles and causing water damage to your roof’s structural foundation. Asphalt shingles work better for regular and steep slope roofs. These are the kinds of considerations homeowners need to factor in when they embark on these home renovation projects. 

Are you in need of repairs for a leaky roof in Toms River, NJ? If you are, call Elegant Exteriors, LLC for a free estimate today at (908)-356-6372!

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