In our last blog, we went over the concept of roof pitch and how it is denoted. We hope this will give you a head-start in your research and the conversations you have with roofers! Today, we are going to give you a feel for which type of roofing material is best for each pitch.

Remember, one of your roof’s most important jobs is to shed water. The longer the water stays on the roof, the more water-resistant your shingles need to be. That means that steep roofs can get away with shingles that a flat roof cannot. Let’s get into it!

LOW PITCH: 1/12 to 3/12

  • Water stays on these nearly flat roofs long enough that conventional shingles will fail and let the water in. You basically need a watertight surface. That means that you need standing seam metal or tar roofing.

AVERAGE PITCH: 4/12 to 12/12

  • These are your normal house roofs, and they shed water fast enough to use more permeable shingles like asphalt or composition. These types of shingles cover the widest range of pitches, and are generally a wonderful, affordable choice.

HIGH PITCH: 5/12 to 12/12

  • This type of roof sheds water so fast, you are free to use water-susceptible shingles  that don’t lock so tightly together – shingles like wood shake and slate.

Keep in mind that this is a very basic run-down, and you must talk with a roofing expert to get the material that will truly work best for your roof. Contact Tim Leeper Roofing to learn more about what our roofing services can offer you!