Roof Pitches: Get to Know Your Options

Close-up of the beams an unfinished roof with the roofer working in the backgroundOne of the essential considerations when selecting the roofing type for your property is its design. The basic designs are flat or pitched, with pitched ones being a common choice. A roof’s pitch is the measure of its slope expressed as a ratio of its vertical and horizontal span.

Your ideal pitch is primarily influenced by your climatic conditions, mainly rain, snow, and wind. Some of the common pitched roofs constructed by roofing companies in Sarasota include gable, gambrel, mansard and hip roofs.

Here are the three types of roof pitches you can choose from:

Low Pitches

Low-pitched roofs are those whose slopes are less than 3 ½. They have low installation costs but require high maintenance and might cost more in the long run. They are not the ideal choice in areas with extreme weather conditions due to the risk of snow accumulation on the roof and its additional stress. Low-pitched roofs are suitable for places with sparse rainfall and are a popular choice for architects with modern designs.

Medium Pitches

These are the most popular pitches. Medium pitched roofs have a slope between 3 ½ – 7 ½. They come in various styles and are ideal for areas with extreme climatic conditions, as they allow rain and snow to slide off. Medium-pitched roofs are safe to walk on for repairs and inspections.

High Pitches

These refer to any pitch above 7 ½. High-pitched roofs are expensive to install but are easy to maintain. They are a popular option for traditional architectural styles, but they are also finding their way into modern designs. Inspection and repairs on high-pitched roofs require safety equipment.

The pitch of your roof influences your roofing material. Low-pitched roofs require materials that cannot be blown off easily. For this reason, tar and gravel and modified bitumen are the materials of choice. High and medium pitched roofs can be fabricated from metal, tiles, heavy slate, or asphalt.