When choosing the roofing material you want for your home, there are a seemingly infinite number of choices. However, the pitch of your roof is a significant factor in which materials will work. The roof pitch is the angle, slope, or slant of your roof. The roof pitch designations are usually portrayed as a fraction, with the numerator noting the height and the denominator indicating the length.
How Do I Calculate Roof Pitch?
Let’s say the pitch of your roof is 5/12. That would mean that for every 12 feet in length, the roof height rises 5 feet. The average roof pitch ranges from 4/12 to 8/12. On the more extreme end, a nearly flat roof would be in the 1/4 – 0/12 and a perfect 45-degree angle would be 12/12.
What Materials Work Best for Which Pitch Ranges?
1/12 to 3/12 Pitches: Lower roof pitches are commonly found in urban and contemporary-style homes. You cannot have shingles on these types of roofs, as the water will not drain off fast enough due to the lack of slope in shape. Built-up roofing made from tar paper roll or a standing seam metal roof is your best bet for a watertight seal.
4/12 to 12/12 Pitches: Asphalt and composite shingles are great options for these pitches. The slope is steep enough to allow for proper water runoff.
If you are unsure as to which material would work best for your home, contact the experts on roofing in St. Charles, MO, at EZ Home Solutions LLC. You can reach us by calling (314) 665-1860.