Why was my house built with such a shallow roof?

tlbean2004July 15, 2014

My house has the most shallow pitch on the street. It was biult in 1960. There are many other similiar looking homes like mine (subdivision) that have the same square footage and same layout except they all have more steeply pitched roofs.

Why would this be?

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rwiegand

Lower pitch == cheaper. (Though only marginally less material in this case. It does look a little like someone sat on it.

Maybe they were going for Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 4:44PM
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SaltiDawg

Are you in the VERY HOT south? Looks like your eaves extend quite far out over the walls providing shade. This is readily accomplishable with a low pitch roof and snow loading would not be an issue in those areas.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 5:26PM
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manhattan42

Do you live in an area prone to hurricanes?

If so, your local building code may require shallow roofs.

Why?

Because the more shallow the roof the less likely it is to blow off and be demolished in a high wind event,

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 11:23PM
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Trebruchet

"Because the more shallow the roof the less likely it is to blow off and be demolished in a high wind event."

manhattan42:

Not exactly. Think of why an airplane flies; a wing doesn't have much pitch. According to this architect, an intermediate pitch and a gable shape is best:

Here is a link that might be useful: Roof

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 8:02AM
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SaltiDawg

"Because the more shallow the roof the less likely it is to blow off and be demolished in a high wind event,"

No worry, the massive tree in the backyard will fall and hold the roof down.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 8:59AM
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SnidelyWhiplash

manhattan42:
so you figure the building code for this house was different from that in effect for the neighboring house to the right?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 11:00AM
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Trebruchet

manhattan42:

These homes were built before the wind-related codes were enacted and enforced. 50s-60s or so.

When I bought in Florida two years ago, I insisted on a house built after Andrew and the codes were updated again in 2004. They are crazy strict here.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 7:40PM
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sunnyca_gw

Don't know why but at least if you need to reroof not likely to slide off that 1. Steep roofs are no fun!!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 12:22AM
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stolenidentity

That can't be the same roof that came with the house can it?!? Maybe when a new roof was needed, they lowered it...is it possible there was some re-roofing from damage caused by that ginormous tree or other? Are any of your neighbors long timers tlbean2004? Ask around. The tree looks like it is coming out of the roof LOL!!

This post was edited by sasafras on Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 20:17

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 8:16PM
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millworkman

No sasafras I would say that is the original roof. A small little house like that they would not reframe the roof just because. I do not know the reason it was built like that but I am sure there was a reason originally.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 6:53AM
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SaltiDawg

But apparently we'll not get responses to our questions from the OP. Weird.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 7:59AM
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energy_rater_la

maybe not...but this commet was pretty funny
"It does look a little like someone sat on it. "

I am currently working at a house where roof pitch
is 3/12. one of the 3 added on parts has a roof pitch of
1/12. shingled. don't think that will last...but what can
you say, HO just had roof re-shingled.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 3:11PM
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tlbean2004

Saltidog

I am not "home repair" savvy. Im not gonna answer questions i have no business answering.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 5:02PM
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SaltiDawg

"I am not "home repair" savvy. Im not gonna answer questions i have no business answering."

Nonsense!

Questions like, "Are you in the VERY HOT south?"

OR. "Do you live in an area prone to hurricanes?"

OR. "That can't be the same roof that came with the house can it?!?"

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 5:57PM
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tlbean2004

saltidawg

Oh! Please forgive me. Im very sorry. I misunderstood

I live in Arkansas. It is hot here. We dont really have hurricanes here, and yes, that is the original roof for the house. There is hardly any headroom in the attic.
The good thing about the roof is that is has a 3 foot long overhang.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 7:18PM
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SaltiDawg

"The good thing about the roof is that is has a 3 foot long overhang."

Do you know if that is a common practice in your area to help keep the home cooler?

I guess I'm asking if you see many other homes with roofs similar to yours?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 7:50PM
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tlbean2004

I guess about a quarter of the houses on the street have an extended overhang, But most do not. I guess it does keep the house cooler. As well as having the huge tree over it.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:49PM
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