The roof is one of the major components of your home. Knowing its parts will with its maintenance and troubleshooting problem areas.
In this post, your local residential roofing contractor tackles the importance of understanding the pitch of your roof.
What Is Roof Pitch?
The roof pitch is how you measure the roof’s overall slope. It refers to the number of inches the vertical rise over the horizontal run. For example, if you have a 9/12 roof, it rises 5” for every 12” it runs.
The run isn’t necessarily measured one-foot long. It can be measured by getting on top of the roof or by taking need measurements from the end of the rafters.
Why Roof Pitch Matters
You have to understand your roof pitch because your contractor will discuss it to you before sealing a deal with you. They will take the measurement for you if you don’t have the right one. Your estimate will become invalid if your roof is steeper than what you told them. Keep in mind that steeper roofs require high maintenance.
So why do many homeowners still choose steeper roof despite this fact? This is mainly due to aesthetic reasons. When planning for your roofing project, always think long-term. Steeper roofing may cost more on roof repairs and maintenance.
The pitch also helps determine the right kind of roofing material to be used. For instance, composition shingles and tile roofs aren’t recommended for a roof slow that’s below 3/12.
Choose a trusted residential and commercial roofing contractor who can recommend the best roofing based on your roof pitch. At Affordable Roofing Systems, we are your leading local provider of roofing services. Call us at (813) 400-2515 or complete our online form for a free estimate. We work with homeowners in St Petersburg and Tampa, FL.