Apart from the home’s architectural design, you’ll also need to consider the style of its roof. A roof may be sloped or flat, and depending on its profile, certain types of roofing material will be required.
Read on through this post to learn more about these two basic roof styles.
High-pitched or sloped roofs are often seen on Victorian-era homes. These are roofs that have a pitch ratio as high as 18/12, or for every 12 horizontal feet, the roof can rise 18 vertical feet.
Asphalt and composite shingles work best on roofs that have a pitch of around 4/12 or higher. Meanwhile, wood shake and slate work best with roofs that have a pitch of 5/12 or higher.
Flat roofs are not totally flat. They are actually low-pitched, but because the pitch is so low, they tend to look almost flat when viewed at a certain angle. Low-pitched roofs usually use standing seam metal, built-up and “torch-down” roofing materials. These types of roofs almost never use conventional shingles because there just isn’t enough slope for water to drain properly.
Choosing Roofing Material According to Roof Style
When considering the roof style of your home to choose the right roofing material, it is always best to consult an expert. Your selected roofer should be knowledgeable in the different types of roofing materials ideal for your roof style and the ones that are available in your location. This is especially important if you’re only doing a partial replacement as the new material must match the others, or at least not look conspicuously different.
In the last installment of this three-part blog, we’ll talk about climate and its importance in choosing a roofing material. Stay tuned!