Aesthetics and durability are usually the first things that come to mind whenever homeowners are looking for a new roof. But there’s one thing they often fail to take into account—their roof’s pitch; this factor can restrict your choices.
To help you pick a suitable material for your new roof, Ken Morton & Sons, one of the top siding contractors in the state, lists the common ranges for roof pitches and the material most suitable to them.
Your Home’s Roof Pitch Explained
The roof pitch gives you an idea on the slant or slope of your roof. The numerator refers to the height of the roof while the denominator refers to its length. So if you have a roof pitch of 5/12, your roof’s height increases by five feet for every 12 feet in length.
Roofing Materials and Pitches
The pitch of your roof can fall into either of two categories: a low pitch or a high pitch. Usually, however, recommendations are based on a specific range. Listed below are the typical pitch ranges and the kind of roof best suited to them:
- .25/12 to 3/12 Roof Pitches – This range is common among industrial buildings and contemporary buildings. Built-up roofing, composed of bitumen layers and fabrics, rubber membranes, made of rubber attached to the roof using glue and mechanical anchors, and standing seam metal roofing are recommended for this range.
- 4/12 to 20/12 Roof Pitches – This a common range for residential roofs. Asphalt shingles are a popular choice thanks to their adaptability.
- 5/12 to 12/12 Roof Pitches – Wood and slate shingles are recommended for this pitch, although it might be better to use a different kind of shingle near the end of the roof, given that the aforementioned two don’t lock in as tightly as other types.
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Ken Morton & Sons is a multi-award winning contractor with more than three decades’ worth of experience. We’ve been awarded the GAF Training Excellence Award since 2007 and the GAF Consumer Protection Excellence Award since 2005. We specialize in roof repairs and installations.
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