Have you ever wondered why pitched roofing is more popular in some areas, while flat roofing is preferred in others? Roof pitch was originally designed according to the weather demands of a home’s location. Snowy areas demanded higher slopes which allowed the snow to slide down instead of accumulating heavily on the roof.
On the other hand, flat roofs have much less surface area than sloped ones. This means that fewer areas are exposed to the sun and therefore the roof takes longer to heat up. This is what makes flat roofs the default choice in states with warmer climates.
You’ll probably hear about angle, incline, slope or pitch while you’re talking with your roofing contractor. All these essentially mean the same thing. The pitch is a measure of how much the roof rises compared to how far it extends. The standard for horizontal extension is 12 inches.
The Importance of Roof Pitch
Roofers use roof pitch measurements to accurately estimate how much material is needed for a particular construction. Additionally, the roof pitch can also determine which materials will work best for your home. Ceramic tiles are definitely not recommended for extremely high-sloped roofing, for example.
Choosing a Roof Pitch
Today, roofing can come in almost any shape, size and style. You can choose flat roofs whether your building is constantly in the snow (with a slight slope to prevent water pooling), or you can choose high-sloped roofs for arid areas. Whatever your choice is, understanding your roof pitch will always help you communicate with your contractor better.
Tango & Gatti is committed to helping you obtain the best roof for your home, and we are committed to ensuring that all roofing repair, installation or replacement services are to your satisfaction from start to finish. Call us today at (330) 303-4222 or use our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homes in Canton and Barnesville, OH, and nearby areas.