When investing in residential roof replacement, you’ll need to consider materials, accessories and installation methods – all of which can influence the project’s final price. But here’s another factor you shouldn’t overlook: the roof pitch. Based on the slope of your existing roof, you will either need to pay less or more.
Comparing Low-Slope and Steep-Pitched Roofing
Depending on the architectural style, a home may have a steep-pitched roof (the staple in traditional home styles) or low-slope roof (the usual choice in modern-contemporary homes and commercial properties). The latter is considered “walkable” by roofing contractors because it allows them to traverse the roof surface with relative ease. The former, on the other hand, will need some careful maneuvering since it has more vertical angles.
Roofing that has a pitch of 8/12 or less is considered low pitched. Anything more than that is steep sloped. And, when it’s time to get a residential roofing replacement, you’ll realize that a steeply pitched roofing system will cost more. Here’s why:
1. It will require more roofing materials. The steeper the roof, the more shingles it will take to cover the entire area. Compared to an existing system that has a 4/12 pitch, a roof with a 12/12 slope may have double the asphalt shingle costs.
2. It’s not walkable. You may see a higher price in the roof estimate for any roof that contractors don’t consider walkable. This varies with each roofer, but roofing that has a pitch over 8/12 is deemed steep. And, when the roof is steeper, the contractors will need to increase their safety precautions in order to install your new system without incident. If the roof is particularly steep, specialized equipment, such as scaffolding or rigging, might be used. This, in turn, adds more to your roof replacement price.
When you need to have your roof replaced, low slope or not, it always pays to work with a roofing contractor who can deliver exceptional results. In this area, that will be Crown Roofing LTD. We’re not just your roof repair expert; we can also handle all your roof replacement needs. Trust us to complete your project perfectly right the first time. We serve the areas in and around Vancouver, Surrey and North Vancouver, BC. Call us today at (604) 370-6288, or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.