There are many factors that affect the cost of a roof replacement or repair. Of course, there are the obvious ones such as the choice of materials and the size of your roof. But, there is actually another important factor that most homeowners are not aware of that can significantly affect how much you end up shelling out for a new roof – the pitch.
In today’s post, trusted roofing contractor Progressive Remodeling & Roofing Company explains why the pitch of your home’s roof can greatly impact the cost of installing a new roof.
What is Roof Pitch?
A roof’s pitch or slope refers to how steep your roof is. Roofers calculate the slope of your roof by looking at how much height a roof gains in a set horizontal direction. This measurement is represented by a fraction with the first number representing how much elevation a roof gains while the second number is almost always 12, which is one foot. The most commonly used roof pitches fall in a range between 4/12 and 9/12. Roofs with pitches lower than 2/12 are considered flat roofs even though they are slightly angled to aid in drainage.
Why Does Roof Pitch Affect the Price?
For one thing, the steeper your roof is, the more shingles it will use up to cover it. It will take almost double the number of asphalt shingles, for example, to cover a roof with a pitch that is 12/12 versus a roof with a pitch that is 4/12.
Also, you have to remember that replacing a roof is risky work and there is always a small chance that one of the workers might suffer a fall and get injured, even with the use of safety equipment. A roof that is steeply sloped is not considered “walkable”. A steeper roof will require more caution and even extra roof safety equipment such as rigging and scaffolding and the quotations you receive from your roofer will definitely reflect that.
If you are looking for a company that can perform expert roof repairs and replacements, then look no further than Progressive Remodeling & Roofing Company. Whether you are looking to install a flat roof or one with a steep slope, be sure to give us a call at (941) 468-3852 or fill out our contact form to receive a free quotation.