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The Importance of Roof Pitch

The pitch of your roof should affect what type of roofing material you choose for your new roof. Pitch affects your roof’s ability to shed water. The more knowledgeable you are of its pitch, the easier it is for you to decide on your roofing options. Universal Roof and Contracting, the leading commercial roofing contractor, further explains roof pitch.

The Importance of Roof Pitch

Why Does Roof Pitch Matter?

The chief purpose of roof pitch is to ensure that water doesn’t pool on your roof. Using gravity, steep-slope roofs can naturally dry themselves. For areas with a long wet season, a high-pitched roof is ideal. To measure roof pitch, you must first find the slope or the ratio of the vertical distance (rise) to horizontal distance (run). For example, a 6/12-inch pitch means that the roof rises 6 inches for every 12 inches of run. A low-slope roof usually ranges between 2/12 and 5/12 inches. A roof beyond 5/12 inches is considered to have a high slope. Measuring the pitch, however, requires using the ladder. We recommend consulting a professional like us to properly measure your system.

How Does It Affect the Material You Choose?

Every type of roofing has unique runoff properties. Some materials are more advisable for steep-slope roofs to avoid trapping rainwater and snowmelt. Extended exposure to moisture can wreak havoc on your home, potentially compromising its structural integrity.

As a roofer certified by top brands like Owens Corning®, we know the most suitable roofing systems for particular pitches. By studying your home’s structure and keeping the local climate in mind, we can install the right products and keep leaks to a minimum. We can also provide you with flawless commercial roof installation services for years of excellent performance.

Does It Affect Maintenance?

We recommend maintenance for any type of roof pitch. That said, the frequency may vary depending on the material, the type of roofing issue and the existing of a maintenance plan.

At Universal Roof and Contracting, we are committed to providing high-quality roofing services. You can count on us for commercial flat roof repair or replacement. Call us at (407) 278-2686 to learn more, and we’ll even offer you a free estimate. We serve several Orlando, FL, and the surrounding communities.