Getting a new roof is one of the most expensive changes you can do to your home. There are certain things that can further affect the overall cost of a roof replacement. Today, we take a closer look at one of these factors: the roof’s pitch.
What Is the Pitch?
The pitch refers to how steep or shallow your roof’s profile is. A roof with a high pitch will look tall and steep while one with a lower-pitched roof will have wider, flatter roofs. In some cases, the pitch is also referred to as “the slope”.
Roof Pitch and Construction
The most obvious difference between the cost of high-pitch and low-pitch roofs is the way they are built. A high-pitch roof will require taller support columns to keep its shape. A low-pitch roof only requires smaller, more basic roofing columns. As a result, high-pitch roofs are more expensive to install than low-pitch options.
Aside from requiring a more complex structural system, a high-pitch roof requires more roofing material to cover the same area that a low-pitch roof can cover. This is because a roof’s planes are less spread out in a high-pitch design. This further increases the cost of a high-pitch roof compared to a low-pitch roof.
Because of the more complicated structural support and the need for more materials, installing high-pitch roofs also tend to be more labor-intensive. Despite having greater planes, the steep angle of a high-pitch roof gives workers a smaller area where they can stand on when working. Regardless of the roof’s pitch, you should always hire a certified roofing company to make sure your new roof is installed safely and properly.
Get a new roof installed by our team of experts. Pritchett Bros is the leading roofing contractor in Bedford and Bloomington. Call us at (812) 275-3185, or fill out this contact form to request a quote.