What is a Roof Pitch?

What is a roof pitch?

In building construction, the roof pitch is a numerical measure of the steepness of a roof.

Roofs may be functionally flat or “pitched”. The pitch of a roof is its vertical rise divided by its horizontal span (or “run”), what is called “slope” in geometry and stair construction, or the tangent function in trigonometry.

Roof pitch (or slope) tells you how many inches the roof rises for every 12 inches in depth. An Example of a roof pitch would be a “6/12 pitch” which means that the roof rises 6 ” for every 12″ inward towards the peak (or ridge).

Determining the right roof pitch is an important function that we perform in evaluating your roofing needs.