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Steel Building Roof Pitch

The slope of a steel building's roof is expressed by a ratio called "roof pitch," which indicates the number of inches a roof rises vertically for every 12 inches it runs horizontally.



Roof Pitch: Pros and Cons
There are advantages and disadvantages to consider with both higher and lower roof pitches. Though they add to the cost of the building, higher-pitched roofs increase both the total cubic footage and the maximum inside clearance for relatively little money. If you can take advantage of extra space above the eaves, they are a great bargain. Also, the extra volume lessens heat buildup in non- air-conditioned buildings. Higher pitched roofs shed rain and snow more quickly and are less likely to leak. Finally, a higher-pitched roof is more visible, something you should consider when deciding between a painted or Galvalume roof (for more on color choices, see the panel options section).

Low-pitched roofs also have some definite advantages in certain situations. First of all, they require less material and therefore cost less. A lower pitch reduces total cubic footage, making it easier to heat and cool a building. Because a low-pitched roof is less visible, there is little reason to spend extra money for colored panels. Finally, some people just prefer a lower profile for their building.


Our online system offers you four choices for roof pitch (choices limited on larger buildings)
Our online system offers you four choices for roof pitch (choices limited on larger buildings).
Higher-pitched roofs increase the maximum clearance and total cubic footage of a building
Higher-pitched roofs increase the maximum clearance and total cubic footage of a building.

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