Interstate Roofing

The Secrets of Slope: Choosing the Right Roof Angle

Is that hipped roof right for you? The style of your home will decide.

As larger numbers of people choose to bloom where they are planted, so to speak, home additions become increasingly common. Getting it right will take more than just slapping a few boards together, however. If you want that new sunroom, porch or extension to fit right in with the rest of the house, you’ll have to consider the style of the roof’s architecture.

The Pitch Will Give It Away

You’ll never see a flat roof on an A-frame home. At least, you probably shouldn’t. Certain roofing designs are practically synonymous with particular architectural styles. Get the angle of the roof pitch wrong, and it’s back to the drawing board for you.

Some of the most identifiable features of popular architectural roofs include the following:

Other Considerations

Any determination of a proper roof pitch must take into account the weather in your locality. Heavy snow and torrential rain will slide off more quickly if the angles are sufficient to permit it. On the other hand, the steep pitch of a traditional gable roof will increase its square footage and, by extension, your cost to build and repair.

Making Your Roof Your Own

If you’ve got questions, Interstate Roofing has the answers. Our expert roofers will be glad to clarify the logistical considerations of constructing and maintaining the roof on your new home or home addition. We even offer a free estimate. Call us at 503-684-5611 today to learn more about our services and to see some of the work we’ve done for fellow northwest homes and businesses.