So, it’s time to choose a material for your new roof. Are all roof materials up for consideration? Nope.

Your roof’s job is to protect your property from the elements and shed water. We are going to focus on the latter. Depending on the steepness of your roof, water will shed from it at a certain speed. You need a shingle that can handle the water’s shedding speed, if you will. We will go more into that later.

Before we go any further, it’s important to understand the concept of roof pitch. The term officially stands for the slant or angle of your roof. It is always given in two numbers divided with a slash or colon. The first number indicates the height and the second indicates the length (it is always 12). To give you an example, a roof denoted by 5/12 would drop five feet for every 12 horizontal feet. An 8/12 roof has 12 horizontal feet for every eight.

What is a low pitch?

  • This is a visually flat roof, but it has a little slope for water drainage. It is usually denoted by 1/12 to 4/12.

What is average pitch?

  • You’ll find this roof on most homes and businesses. Its range is 4/12 to 8/12.

What is high pitch?

  • This roof was common in the Victorian era and features dramatic peaks. It ranges from 8/12 to 18/12.

Now that you have a feel for roof pitch, you can read our next blog to learn which material is best for each pitch. Contact Tim Leeper Roofing for residential roofing and commercial services you can’t match!