How Roof Pitch Affects Your Roofing Material Choices

Did you know that the pitch of your roof affects your choices in roofing material? Some materials work better for different types of roofs. Today's blog from the best roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks discusses different types of roof pitch and what roofing materials work best with each type.

What is Roof Pitch? 

Roof pitch is a term that refers to the steepness (angle, slope or slant) of a roof. While some roofs are very steep, others are nearly flat. The slope of a roof is generally measured in fractions. The numerator refers to the height and the denominator refers to the width. For example, a roof slope measured at 5/12 means that there is a 5 foot rise in height for every 12 feet of width. For roofing purposes, the denominator will always be 12; you won't reduce it like you would a regular fraction. Average roof pitch will range from 4/12 to 8/12.

Roofs with Steep Pitch

High-pitched roofs are seen on Victorian-era homes. Soaring peaks are a rare example of when the numerator is greater than the denominator; some of these style homes will have a roof pitch of 18/12. Due to the fact that wood shake and slate shingles don't lock together as tightly or lay as flat as composite or asphalt shingles, they are more susceptible to leakage. Therefore, they are only good to use on roofs with a high pitch.

Roofs with Medium Pitch 

Asphalt or composite shingles are the most popular roofing material on the market. They are also the most serviceable in terms of roof pitch. Roofs with an average pitch can easily accommodate this type of material. If your roof is not too flat and not too pitched, asphalt shingles are a great option. They provide a wide range of versatility when it comes to color and style options.

Roofs with Low to No Pitch

Fashionable for homes built in the 1960s, low-pitched roofs or flat roofs make it hard for water to drain properly. Therefore, the type of material you use on this type of roof is very important. Roof pitches in the lower range are found in more urban areas. They're popular on contemporary style homes, industrial buildings and shacks. You can't have conventional shingles on these type roofs because water does not drain off fast enough, leaving water to permeate within the shingles. A standing seam metal roof is a good option for those buildings with low pitch.

Lake of the Ozark Roofing 

No matter the pitch of your roof, Above & Beyond Roofing can help you choose the best roofing material option for your needs. From new construction to roof replacements, we've got you covered. We are your premier roofers at the Lake of the Ozarks, offering free estimates and free roof inspections! Give us a call at 573-302-0354 to schedule an appointment today!

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