When you are in the market for a new roof, there are various options when it comes to roofing materials. If you already have a material in mind, whether economic or purely aesthetic, you must not forget to consider the pitch of your roof since it can determine which material you can use. Roof pitch will make or break your ability to use certain materials. You cannot pick your shingles just based on what you can afford or want; you need to consider your pitch as well.

What roof pitch is

The word ‘pitch’ is used to describe the angle or slope of your roof. In simple terms, it is how much or how little your roof is angled. In order to find the exact angle of your roof pitch, you must find two designated numbers: a numerator, and a denominator. You can indicate the ratio with the help of a slash or a colon to separate the numbers. The numerator, or the number that comes first, refers to the height, or vertical measurement of the roof. The second number, the denominator, denotes the length, or the horizontal measurement of your roof. The roofing denominator is always 12 in order to make it easier.

Calculating pitch correctly

A pitch is just the ratio that tells us how much rise there is in a roof over a 12-unit distance, horizontally. For instance, if a roof’s ratio is 5/12, for every horizontal foot, the roof changes 5 feet in its vertical height. Most homes will range around a moderate slope of 4/12 or a steeper slope of 12/12. More extreme slopes might be around 1 to 4/12. Such a slope appears almost flat to the eye.

Highs and lows of different pitches

Low-pitched roofs are a little more fashionable for more modern homes since lower pitches will appear to be flat. That being said, they are often not as functional, as the slope is not enough to efficiently drain any water. High-pitched roofs may look more vintage and will fit older houses. Soaring peaks can give off a vintage look, which is fitting for Victorian-era houses or an older wooden house if you are going for that style. Some slopes will be as high as 18/12.

How different pitches affect roofing material

Because different angles will take different roofing materials in order to get it on that angle in the first place, you will want to make sure that you have the correct shingles and components for the building of your roof. Different types of roofs will need different kinds of materials, but when you consider the angle of your slope as well, you will need to be even more picky about the building materials that you choose.

It is an important consideration to make, especially if you are thinking about creating a specific type of roof with a specific look. Ask your contractor about what your options are. Tell them your ideas and what you want your roof to look like as well as what roofing ratio you are thinking about so they can pick materials for you more accurately. Do your research and make sure to ask your roofer what you can and can’t do. This will help you rule out any impossible options early on and only stick to the probable ones.

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