Tips on measuring residential roofs

Tips on Roof Measuring We used a method we called guestimate. Look around the the roof and guess how many squares. Write this number down and compare it to your total squares after you have added them up. This takes some experience and is not intended to be real accurate. It can give you a clue as to if your …

How to measure roof plans or blueprints using a scale ruler

How to measure residential roof plans The first thing to check is what scale the roof is drawn in. The roof below is drawn in 1/8″ scale This means that, if using a regular tape measure that 1 inch would equal 8 feet. In this drawing a 1/8″ scale ruler is being used. The next thing to determine is the roof …

Roof pitch determined 2 ways

How to determine or calculate roof pitch or roof slope   Roof pitch is determined by the number of inches it rises vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally. (Also referred to as roof slope or roof slant.) So what does the 7/12 in the example to the right mean? The 7 means that the roof rises 7″ for …

Pros and cons of popular roofing materials

Popular Roof Materials What most homeowners desire is a roof that’s not too expensive, requires no maintenance, and lasts forever. But most roofs are replaced – or at least repaired – every ten years. By carefully choosing your home’s roofing material, you can reduce the cost of replacement. In the long run, you’ll use less building material, fill up less …

Angle finder tool for roof pitch or for finding angles of anything

Roof Pitch finder This tool will find your roof pitch Most angle finders only work on the top side of a roof. This handy little tool is the easiest way to accurately find your roof pitch. Simply set it on your roof or the underside of a rafter and read the gauge. No fooling around with tape measures and levels.  Use …