When it comes to the pitch of your roof, not all roofing materials are created equal. Different types of roofing lock together better than others, and some are completely watertight. Because the main purpose of your roof is to shed water, it is important to get the correct roofing material for the pitch of your roof.

Remember, roof pitch comes in terms like this: 5/12, in which the first number stands for the height of the roof and the second number stands for the length.

In our last blog, we explored the types of roofing materials appropriate for roofs with low pitch (1/12-3/12). These roofs shed water slowly and need a watertight seal. In this blog, we’ll move on to steeper roofs.

Medium Roofs

When you get into the 4/12-8/12 roof pitch, you’re looking at most homes. These roofs shed water reasonably quickly. Asphalt and composite shingles are most common for these roofs. They shed water well, lock together nicely, and last for a long time. Keep in mind that asphalt shingles can be used for pitches all the way up to 12/12.

Steep Roofs

Steep roofs shed water fast, which means you can use shingles that don’t lay as flat and lock together as well. Wood and slate shingles do well on these steep roofs – from 5/12 to 12/12. These shingles would cause many problems on milder roof pitches.

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