Steep Roof Pitch versus a Low-Slope Design: Which Is Better?

Is roof pitch important when you’re building or buying a home in northern Utah?

A steep roof pitch usually comes at a slightly higher price, due to the additional roofing materials and labor required. However, a steep-slope roof offers several significant advantages.

Steep Roof Pitch versus a Low-Slope Design

Less Pooling Water on the Roof

Water accumulation is bad news for a roof, and it’s a real danger for flat and low-slope roofs. With a high-slope roof, gravity is your friend. Rain and melting snow easily run off, so you don’t have to worry about pooling water degrading the materials and causing a leak.

Less Rooftop Snow Accumulation

Some parts of northern Utah are particularly snowy. In a home with only a slight roof pitch, snowfall can accumulate, leading to destructive ice dams and  moisture infiltration. When snow falls on a steep roof pitch, it slides away before it can build up and cause roofing damage.

Less Debris on the Rooftop

Leaves, pine needles and tree branches that land on a low-slope roof usually stay where they fall. Over time, unless you clear it away, debris can build up and cause roofing problems. With a steep roof pitch, any debris that falls is likely to tumble to the ground quickly.

More Roofing Style Choices

Many homeowners consider flat roof architecture to be visually dull. Flat and low-pitch roofs offer limited design options. High-slope roofing, on the other hand, offers a wide variety of styles and detail options. With gables, dormers and visual architectural details, a steep roof provides for a more interesting look and enhanced curb appeal.

More Attic Space

When you choose a high-slope roof, you get a bonus — plenty of attic space. You can leave the space unfinished and use it for long-term or seasonal storage. Or turn it into a playroom, home office or extra bedroom. A low roof pitch won’t give you much storage space, let alone an extra room.

More Rooftop Durability

Thanks to pooling water and problems with snow and debris accumulation, low-pitch rooftops tend to be less durable than steeper roofs. High-slope roofing typically has a longer life span and needs fewer repairs over time.

One thing to keep in mind is that slope can affect your roofing material choices. Conventional shingles aren’t appropriate for a flat or low roof pitch, for example, and a membrane system won’t work with a high-slope roof.

The professional team at Knockout Roofing provides expert roof installation and repair to customers throughout northern Utah. For a free professional consultation, contact our Salt Lake City office today. We can answer all your questions and help you make an informed choice regarding a steep roof pitch or a flat roof for your home.