From natural materials like wood and slate to man made products like asphalt and sheet metal, there are more commercial and residential roofing types and styles to choose from today than ever before. While each has its pros and cons, they all can add a distinctive design element to your home. So, how do you choose the right one for you?
One of the important aspects to consider is the pitch of the roof: the steepness of the roof measured through the angle of the roof’s slope.
Why Is It Important to Measure the Roof Pitch?
Roofers calculate this measurement by the number of inches it elevates vertically for every 12 inches it expands horizontally. For instance, if the roof pitch is measured at 5/12, the 5 means that the roof rises 5 inches for every 12 inches that it runs on the structure. Roof pitches generally range from 2/12 pitch, which is a low-slope (almost flat) roof, to 12/12, which is severely sloped.
Professional roofing contractors measure the pitch of your roof because it helps them determine the ideal roofing system as well as the kind of materials to use. This measurement also helps in determining the complexity of the roof’s design and how they will go about their work.
A low-sloped or even flat roof is typically ideal for those who live in areas that receive little rainfall. This roof type also looks great on buildings with contemporary architecture. TPO is a great material for this roof pitch. Sloped roofs, on the other hand, offer better drainage and require less maintenance, depending on the material you choose for it. Asphalt shingles and metal are the more common choices for this roof pitch, but you should always get the professional opinion of your roofing contractor before making your decision.
Speaking of professional roofers, Hometown Contractors Roofing is the company to call for your residential and commercial roof installation and repairs. For over 10 years, we have served residents across Austin, TX, and the surrounding areas, providing excellent roofing solutions and quality service. Get in touch with us today by calling (512) 686-0011 or by filling out our contact form. We’ll be happy to provide you with a FREE estimate for you next roofing project in Austin, TX.