Summertime is one of the best times to make the big purchase – a new roof! If you’re looking to change things up a bit with your home, you’ll need to know the pitch – or slope – of your roof before you make a decision on which roofing shingles to go with. Based on the slope of your roof, there are recommendations for your home’s needs. Our expert team at Herbert Roofing is here to help you out, so you can make the right call for your roofing shingles:
What is a roof pitch?
A roof pitch is simply the slope or incline of the roof. The pitch is expressed in “12 inches” and determined by how many inches the slope rises for every twelve inches it runs horizontally. For example, if your roof increases three inches per horizontal foot, you have a “3-in-12 pitch” or a “3-pitch.” It’s standard practice in the roofing industry that pitched roofs have slopes greater than 3-in-12.
Why is a roof pitch important?
Understanding the roof pitch is important for two reasons. First off, it’s important for estimating the amount of roofing shingles and materials for the roofing job; and second, the pitch will determine what materials are suited for the roof. An experienced roofer or roofing company will give recommendations for the best top rated roofing shingles based on the pitch.
What are my options for different roof pitches?
Shingles are the most common material used for pitched roofs. Top-rated roofing shingles can be fabricated from many materials, including asphalt – which is friendly on the wallet – all the way to natural wood, metal, and slate. For residential homes, typically roofing companies will install asphalt shingles. The 3-tab shingles made of composite are popular because of low cost and flexibility to adapt to roof pitches from 4/12 to 12/12. Wood and slate shingles are also popular for pitched roofs, but usually require a 5/12 to 12/12 pitch, since these types of shingles are more susceptible to leaking than asphalt shingles.
Costs vary and are base on the type and amount of materials needed for the installation. On average, you can expect to spend ~$7,500 for a 2,000 square foot roof with asphalt shingles, whereas it can be up to $35,000 for the same natural slate pitched roof. Whatever material you decide to with, you can expect your investment to last upwards of fifteen – and even thirty – years. With many roofing shingles to choose from, you can replace a roof given your budget or splurge a little to get something extra unique.
We know you’re probably wondering: where has my summer gone? As Labor Day Weekend approaches, take a good look at your roof and ask yourself if it’s time to replace those shingles or upgrade to a new material that will improve your home’s value. Talk with an expert on the Herbert Roofing team today to get the inside scoop on the top-rated roofing shingles for your roof pitch. We work hard to meet our customers’ needs standards. Remember, “Your roof is only as good as the company that puts it on!”