While a typical residential roofing replacement project keeps the original roofing structure, circumstances may require rebuilding it entirely. In this post, Crown Roofing LTD discusses a few reasons why you should consider changing your roof pitch.
Improving Shedding Efficiency
For a roof to effectively shed snow or rainwater, it has to have the right pitch. If your roof isn’t shedding rainwater quickly enough, you may need a roof with a steeper pitch. You should also consider switching to more efficient materials like metal.
Boosting Curb Appeal
The steeper the roof, the more visible it is from the ground. This is one of the main reasons homeowners choose a steeper-pitched roof. It’s worth noting that switching to a steep-pitched roof increases the roof area, which might cost more, but consider that a boost in curb appeal increases your home’s value as well. You will, of course, have to make sure that you stick to a strict roof maintenance routine to prevent algae growth as well as other things that may affect your roof’s aesthetics.
Resistance Against High Winds
If your area tends to get hit by high winds too often, you should consider a shallow-pitched roof. The problem with steep roofs is that they are subject to the full force of winds as the roofing plane is perpendicular to the wind direction. A shallow roof, on the other hand, is better at letting winds pass over the house. A capable roofing contractor can help you determine the right pitch that works under windy conditions but still sheds rain and snow efficiently.
Avoid Pooling Water
Water may pool on roofs with very shallow pitches. This can later lead to water intrusion problems and encourage algae growth. Increasing the roof pitch will eliminate this problem.