One of the great things about Minnesota homes is the architectural variety. Although some neighborhoods can be somewhat homogenized in style, generally speaking, you can find all types of homes with a wide range of siding and roof designs across our state. And when it comes to roof replacement services, the type and pitch of your roof can play a role in the replacement quote you’re given.
In this post from The Construction Group in Minnesota, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about how roof pitch affects your roof replacement project. To get a quote on your roof installation, give us a call today.
Understanding Roof Pitches
Roof pitch refers to the slope or steepness of a roof. Two major factors affecting roof pitch include a home’s architectural style and the climate in a given area. The roof pitch design may impact the best type of material for your roof.
Roof pitches are classified as follows:
Flat Roofs: Roofs with a pitch of under 2/12 (two-inch elevation per horizontal foot).
Low Slope Roofs: Roofs with a pitch of between 2/12 and 4/12.
Steep Slope Roofs: Roofs with a pitch of between 4/12 and 21/12.
Roof Pitch and Roof Replacement Cost
Although it may seem like the price should be the same no matter what your roof’s pitch, the pitch can affect the replacement price. However, pitch is just one of the many things that can affect the price of a replacement roof.
All of these factors can also affect the quote you’re given for roof replacement services:
● Roof size
● Extent of damage on underlying structure
● Types of roofing materials
● Size of repair crew needed
● Location of property
After considering all of the above factors, a steeply graded roof can significantly affect the overall quote of a roofing project. The primary factor has to do with “walkability” or the ability of roofing contractors to walk safely across the rooftop. Walkable roofs tend to be eight inches per horizontal foot elevation or lower, whereas roofs with a pitch of 20 inches per horizontal foot or higher can be difficult to work on.
Reaching the worksite on these roofs can prove difficult and requires extra training and safety measures. Special safety equipment is also necessary on these strongly graded roofs to prevent roofers from dropping and damaging materials or slipping during the process. This is not a task that should ever be undertaken by a roofer without the proper training, experience, licensure, and insurance.
Roofers must also use a special process to adhere roofing materials to these sharply graded areas, a process that can require additional time and materials. All of these factors must be figured into the original quote, and you can expect to pay more across the board on a steep roof pitch.
Schedule Your Twin Cities Roof Replacement Project Today
At The Construction Group, we can handle all types of roof pitches from flat roofs to steep grades. Get your free estimate by calling The Construction Group in Woodbury today at 651-731-5857. Or contact us online to discuss roof options for your Minnesota home.