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Does a Roof Need to Be a Certain Pitch to Install Cedar Shingles?

Updated: May 12


When in the market for new roofing materials, the possibilities seem endless — asphalt or

composite shingles, metal roofing or cedar wood shingles. Before deciding on your home’s new roofing material, it’s essential to understand how the qualities of your roof affect the materials you can consider. While cedar shingles are a dynamic, durable and attractive roofing option, the angle of your roof’s pitch may affect your ability to use them.

What Is Roof Pitch?

Your home’s roof pitch is the angle, slope or slant of your roof. The roof’s pitch helps professionals estimate the number of materials needed to complete the roofing and decide on the best roofing materials. When it comes to slope for cedar roofs, pitch is determined by how many inches the slope rises every 12 horizontal inches. For example, if the roof increases in height 4 inches over a span of 1 horizontal foot, then you have a four-in-12 pitch or just a four-pitch.

There are two main types of roofing slopes: a steep slope and a low slope. Most homes are considered steep pitch, ranging from four-pitch to nine-pitch, but more dramatic rooflines may haves roof slopes of 10-pitch to 21-pitch. Low slopes are more typically used in commercial properties, but in the 1960s, it was trendy to build homes with a low-pitch roof with just a bit of slope to allow for drainage.

For determining how much material your roof will require, typically for steep slopes, the cedar shingles will have greater exposure to weather and the roofer will want to purchase more materials so each shingle has lessened exposure.

Minimum Pitch for Cedar Roofs

If you desire a cedar roof for your home, the ideal pitch for your roof ranges from a five-pitch to a 12-pitch. Wood shingles are more susceptible to leaks than composite or asphalt shingles because they don’t lock as tightly or lay as flat as traditional shingles. If your home features a low-slope roof, you can still install the cedar roof of your dreams. An installer will apply the cedar shingles of a fully waterproof built-up roof or layer. In high-moisture climates, low-slope roofs will require additional maintenance to ensure excess water does not enter your home.

To learn more about your roof’s pitch, call one of the professionals at Cedar Roof Coatings. One of our experts can help determine your roof’s pitch and provide free project estimates.

Install a Beautiful New Cedar Roof Today With Cedar Roof Coatings

At Cedar Roof Coatings, we want to help you maintain a beautiful cedar roof that will let your home stand out in the neighborhood. We’re a family-owned and operated company working with residents throughout Fairfield County, CT, Westchester County, NY and beyond. We specialize in cedar roof inspections, repair, maintenance and restoration. We guarantee you’ll receive responsive and friendly services from local experts utilizing the best tools and knowledge in the industry. Get started with your new cedar roofing project today by calling us at 203-847-5740 or completing our online contact form to receive a free project estimate.


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