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Why Does the Pitch of My Roof Even Matter?

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Most roofs in St. Mary’s County are traditional slanted roofs with shingles. But not all roofs are this way, and some of them have varying pitches and angles.

In your search for homes, you have probably come across a few different types of roofs.  Most roofs in St. Mary’s County are traditional slanted roofs with shingles.  But not all roofs are this way, and some of them have varying pitches and angles.  The impact of these differences can be noticeable and can affect how much sunlight is affecting your home.  But also, knowing your roof’s pitch can be important for estimation costs if you wish to replace the shingles in the future.  Read on to learn about roof pitch.


What is roof pitch?

 

The concept of roof pitch is essentially the angle at which the roof is positioned.  It is defined by several different terms that all come together for one measurement.  The rise is the height from the gutter to the peak, the run is the distance from the gutter to the peak, the span is the length of the whole roof from gutter to gutter, and the roof pitch is the angle at which the roof’s run is.  You can figure out the pitch of your roof using geometry or an online calculator that will take your roof’s rough measurements and give you the degree of pitch.  

 

Why should I know my roof’s pitch?

 

It is especially important to learn so you can safely walk along your roof to do general maintenance checks.  Lower angles are obviously going to be easier to walk on, and steeper angles are going to require a rope anchor to inspect.  Generally, a pitch that rises by 3 or less inches per foot is considered a low roof and thus safe to walk on.  You will also need to know pitch for economic reasons.  If you want to replace your roof or shingles, having the roof’s pitch can be helpful for estimating your prices.  Also, it can determine how often you need to do maintenance.  Lower pitched roofs are going to require more, because they won’t evaporate water as quickly and it leaves room for moss to grow.

 

Thomas Builders only builds you the best roofs!

 

Whether you are looking for the perfect home for your family or looking to create your ideal home from scratch, Thomas Builders has over 25 years of experience in new home construction and the expertise to bring your dreams to life. We offer 10 ready to build models in addition to custom services at an affordable price. For more information, contact us online or give us a call at (301) 863-5550. If you want to see some examples of our beautiful work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, and Google+.

 

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