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Roofing by Surrey Contractors: When You Want the Pitch to Look Good

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Date Posted: March 23, 2014

People look at a house and easily admire its structure. However, when it comes to the roof, all they can see is its style and colour – and don’t forget the angle, which warrants a greater effort to get the pitch just right. Writing for Homebuilding and Renovating magazine, Clive Fewins highlighted the importance of setting up the right angle for your new roof.

A wrongly-pitched roof will have long-term consequences for your house, from reduced occupant safety to less desirable structural integrity. Some architectural styles, such as Victorian-era houses, place a premium on highly-pitched roofs; even haunted houses as depicted in various media also have comically-exaggerated pitches. If you’re embarking on a new roofing project that must sport the best pitch and increase the house’s appeal, professionals who specialise in roofing in Surrey, such as Brunwin Professional Roofing Services Ltd., are the ones best suited for this assignment.

Figuring It Out

Some architects state that the angle of the pitch plays a role in determining the quote of the roofing operation required for the house, from labour to materials. In the article, Fewins said that the cooperation of the local planning authority is essential to prevent any issues of proportion with regard to adjacent buildings. The house style should also be considered when thinking about the aesthetic issues that a steeply-pitched roof may bring; for example, a Georgian-style house must have its roof pitch no higher than 39 degrees.

A steep pitch can be slightly addressed on the way down. Install sprockets to flare up the pitch of the roof before the gutters.

Breathing In

Ventilation must also be considered in the pitch to address condensation. An NHBC document on pitched roofs stated that roofs with pitches up to 15 degrees off the horizontal axis should have their eaves 25 millimetres wide and covered with mesh to prevent bird entry. Anything higher than 15 degrees should limit the gap to 10 mm while a vent at the ridge should be 5 mm at the widest.


If you prefer a structure with a much lower profile than expected, a flat roof can be the right option for your place. However, professionals at roofing in Croydon such as the team from Brunwin may stress that your proposed flat root is not really that flat at all.

Instead, they will set up the roof with a very slight sloping ratio, but since flat roofs are very much prone to ponding after a period of inclement weather, gutter systems will be installed at the edges of the roof. Prepare for the possibility that some extra drainage systems may be considered, especially if your house in a place with serious weather conditions.

(Source: Getting the Right Pitch, Homebuilding and Renovating)