While residential roof replacements tend to keep the roof’s original pitch, it is entirely possible to have it changed according to your needs. CMS Roofing shares some of the reasons you should consider changing the pitch of your roof.
Wind and rain are two major considerations when choosing the roof pitch. Low-pitched roofs handle high winds better than their higher-pitched counterparts while high-pitched roofs are better at handling rainfall. If your roof is suffering from wind and/or rain damage, your roof pitch may need to be redesigned. If you’re not sure what roof pitch your home should have, a capable roofing contractor or structural engineer can help you.
Certain roof styles are ideal if you are planning on future additions. Take gambrel roofs, for instance; the combination of high-pitched lower slopes and low-pitched upper slopes creates a large attic space that can be easily converted into another bedroom. Make sure you talk about the possibility of future additions with your roofing contractors. Components like plumbing, ductwork and attic insulation may need to be strategically located to make conversions less costly and much easier.
A vaulted ceiling can dramatically increase your home’s visual space without adding another story. To get its full effect, you need to get as high a roof pitch as possible without compromising other requirements like wind and rain resistance. If your home happens to have a gabled roof, this also lets you add features like clerestory windows for increased natural lighting.
Vaulted ceilings are very close to the roof deck, so other factors, such as insulation, should be carefully considered. Skimping on insulation can affect the amount of heat that passes through the roof, which in turn can affect your indoor heating and cooling requirements. Carefully balancing all these factors can help you get the right roof pitch for your home.
To learn more about roof pitches, or if you’re looking for the best roofers in South Carolina, call CMS Roofing today at (803) 732-5558. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve many areas in Charleston and Columbia, SC.