A typical roof replacement project involves removing old and damaged shingles, flashing and gutters and installing new ones while keeping the original structure intact. However, there may be circumstances that require rebuilding the whole roof entirely. The following are some of the instances in which changing the roof’s pitch makes sense:
Serious Roofing Issues
Sagging or severe rot indicates a serious problem with the roof’s underlying structure. A thorough inspection may reveal an issue with the decking or the rafters, trusses and other foundational elements of the roof. This is common in older homes or those that haven’t been maintained for a long time. If you are looking to update your roof, you can take this as an opportunity to change your roof’s pitch to suit your needs.
New Home Addition
A second-story home addition requires replacing your roof. When planning this project, make sure to consult a structural engineer to determine if your home’s existing foundations can bear the weight of the additional floor. If it is good to go, you may also plan to change the roof pitch with your roofing contractor. Not only should it accommodate the home addition but also revitalize your home’s aesthetic appeal.
Additional Head Room
If you have no plans of adding a second story but would like to increase the height of your ceiling, you also need to change the roof structure. Raising the ceiling height means raising the roof slope, translating into a higher-pitched roof.
Changing your roof’s pitch is a considerable investment because it affects the cost of roof replacement. Making the slope steeper means increasing the roof area, gutter size and ventilation requirements. Even so, this significant change in the structural composition of your roof can help improve its ability to shed snow or rainwater. It can also impact how your home looks from the curb.
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