Can You Choose A New Roof Pitch When Getting A New Roof?

Can You Choose A New Roof Pitch When Getting A New Roof?

Ever considered changing a roof's pitch? Wondering what a roof pitch is? A roof pitch is the slant of a roof, or how steep a roof's slope is. Roof pitch is determined by ridges, walls and rafters inside the roof. While replacing a roof pitch may seem like a simple task, it's far from a casual project. Instead, it requires professional plans and big structural changes to a house. Will a new roof project accomplish this goal? It depends!

Let's clear things up:

Choosing a New Roof and Materials

There are a couple different types of "new roof" projects. When most people talk about a roof replacement, they mean replacing a roof's surface materials. This includes shingles, underlayment and more. Along the way, flashing is replaced. Sometimes other objects like vents and gutters are also exchanged. This sort of surface overhaul is common for older rooftops or for roofs that have been damaged.

However, a more drastic roof replacement doesn't stop at surface materials. It goes deeper, and involves replacing the roof's structure itself. This could include switching out the roof's ridges, eaves, props, rafters and internal walls. Drastic roof replacements are more common when something is wrong with the structure of the roof, such as a serious rot problem, a sagging roof, etc.

Changing the Pitch of a Roof

Changing the pitch of a roof is only possible when a roof's internal and structural materials are also replaced. When a roof's ridges, walls and rafters are switched out, there is a chance to create a new architectural design that can change the pitch of the roof. A dramatic change in pitch will affect the way the roof looks, the way water runs off of it, and much more. Even a slight change in pitch can have a variety of consequences, depending on the roof. Small change or large, this is not a low-cost project. It is much more expensive to take a roof off to make structural changes than it is to simply replace the rooftop materials. Curious about the cost of various roof projects (such as roof pitch projects)? Use a Roofing Calculator to estimate rates.

Is a New Roof Pitch Necessary?

When deciding on the scope of a roofing project, consider whether or not changing the pitch of the roof is necessary. Changing the pitch can help solve a variety of problems, including water pooling, debris traps and more. Sometimes changing the pitch of a roof can even create extra room for an attic. If none of this matters, then changing the slope of a roof is probably not necessary.

In any case, always make sure to get a professional opinion. It's important to plan for something like changing the pitch of a roof, as it takes trained technicians and experienced roofers to ensure structural changes to the roof won't endanger other areas of the home.

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