If you’ve ever tried to find a roofer, chimney cleaner or gutter installation expert, you may have noticed they all asked you the same question: How steep is your roof? You may never have thought about how the pitch of your roof can affect costs over time, but here’s what you should consider if you’re looking at buying a house, building a house, or roof replacement for your current house.
Costs of Services
There is a much higher initial cost for a steeply pitched roof, so be prepared to pay more to have your roof laid or re-laid if you prefer a steeper pitch. This is largely a practical concern, since a steep roof is hard to walk on, thereby also making it more difficult, more dangerous and slower to work on. The construction of a frame is also more complex for a steep roof.
Other services that require workers to stand on or interact with your roof may also charge more to cover their time and the expense of any additional equipment needed, which is why workers performing home services such as gutter installation or cleaning may also be concerned with your roof’s pitch. So you may be looking at slightly increased costs for services over the lifetime of the roof.
Materials and Durability
The pitch of a roof can affect what types of roofing materials can be used and how they can be installed. Steeper roofs can last longer, depending on the types of roofing shingles used. Asphalt shingles, for example, may last between 18 and 30 years. But this lifespan depends on roof slope and sun exposure, as well as factors like climate. Find a roofer who is experienced with steeper pitches to consult regarding the best materials for your combination of factors.
Additionally, having a steep roof on a home leaves plenty of room for an attic. Attics offer storage space (which might save you some money on a storage unit elsewhere) and provide energy-efficient ventilation. Steeply pitched roofs are also far less likely to have leaks or moisture problems, which are expensive to repair and cause health concerns such as mold growth. Depending on how much snow and rain your area gets, this can be a major factor in long-term costs. So while all roofs require maintenance (a yearly roof inspection is recommended), a steeper roof may pay off in fewer repairs over the years.
Of course, there are aesthetic concerns to take into consideration as well. Homes with steeply pitched roofs have a more traditional feel, and that nostalgia may be worth the expense even in a region where flatter roofs are common (such as dry, warm climates).
What are your recommendations for roof pitch on a new home? Where can you find a roofer if your home has a steeply pitched roof? Share your advice in the comments. More info like this: www.dvrroofingtoronto.com
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