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How to Measure Roof Pitch

Texas Star Roofing is a Top Rated Local® roofing contractor in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. We’re a locally-owned, family-operated local roofer who values customer relationships over all else. We’re not satisfied unless you are. In our last blog post, we discussed how roof pitch can affect your home. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to measure roof pitch, which will help you when selecting roofing materials. Contact us today for a free roof estimate or inspection!

Roof pitch is the angle of your roof or its slope. You’ll hear your local roofer refer to roof pitch as an angle, such as 6/12. This simply means that your roof will rise six inches forever 12 inches covered. In this instance, this is a medium-sloped roof angle.

Steps to measure roof pitch

  • You’ll need a leveler and a tape measure. Ideally, you’ll want to measure your roof’s pitch from the inside of your home, such as the attic. This is both for safety reasons and because you get a more accurate measurement if you do so.
  • If you’re measuring from the outside, you’ll have to measure from the top of the roof or at the edge of the roof, using a ladder.
  • Measuring from the edge of the roof, place your leveler against the edge and extend it into the air until it’s level. Then measure down from the exposed end back to the surface of the roof. You’ll have to divide that number by how many 12-inch segments your leveler has. By this we mean if say your leveler was a total of 24 inches long and you measured 12 inches for the pitch, then your pitch is 6/12.
  • Eyeball your roof’s pitch. While not scientific, this method will at least give you some idea of your roof’s pitch.
  • From inside your attic, place the end of the level against the bottom of a roof rafter until it is level. Measure vertically from the 12-inch mark on the level straight up to the underside of the roof rafter. This measurement is the number of inches the roof rises in relation to 12 inches.
  • Call in your local roofing experts. Any local roofer including Texas Star Roofing in Dallas can measure the pitch of your roof accurately and safely.

Knowing your roof pitch allows you to calculate how much roofing material will be required as well as what type of roofing material will be best suited for your roof. This is important for when you are planning an addition to your home and want to estimate costs, as well as when you need a roof replacement.

Texas Star Roofing in Plano is proud to be your local roofer, operating for over 20 years and providing superior customer service in the roofing industry. Whether you need a roof replacement, a new construction roof, or simply a roof patch, we can help. We are licensed for both residential and commercial roofing projects, and we maintain that licensing status with ongoing training and certifications. When you partner with Texas Star Roofing, you can be assured you’re getting the best. Call us today for free roofing inspection or estimate!