Building a home from the ground up? One decision you’ll need to make is whether to install a roof with a steep slope or a low slope. Read on as Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co., top providers of roof replacement and other roofing services in the local area, shares some pointers to help you decide.
Measuring Roof Pitch
A low-sloped roof — also called “walkable” by professionals — has a steepness or pitch of 8/12 or lower. The first number represents the roof rise in inches, while the second refers to the run, also in inches. The run is always 12 because that means 1 foot. It is measured as it travels toward the center of the house.
Effect of Slope on Pricing
The higher the pitch of your roof, the costlier it will be to install. Here’s why:
- The higher the pitch of the roof, the more shingles it takes to cover it. If you’re building a new home, shop around so you can budget properly. Talk to your roofer about the cost of shingles. The difference between the cost of shingles for a low-sloped roof and a steeper roof might be significant.
- Installing shingles and other components on a non-walkable roof (i.e., a steep-slope roof) is more difficult. It requires more caution and extra equipment to keep the roofers safe while doing their job. This means the labor will likely cost more too.
- Installing shingles on a steep-sloped roof requires a different technique. Your roofer may have to use more nails, for example, to make sure the shingles stay in place.
Before deciding on the roof pitch, talk to a reputable roofing company like Mass-Tech Roofing and Building Co. Call us today at (781) 826-7663 or use this form to get in touch with us and set up an appointment.