Deciphering Residential Roof Plans

Deciphering Residential Roof Plans

Residential roof plans can seem like hieroglyphics to most people, but if you have a little guidance you’ll find they’re a great deal easier to understand than you might have thought possible. If you know a little bit beforehand, you’ll be in a much better position to be able to understand the odd angles that comprise the diagrams your contractor shows you. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to interpret these drawings.

Looking at the Scale on Residential Roof Plans

The most important part of understanding residential roof plans it by checking the scale first. It it’s drawn to 1/8 scale, for example, that means every inch on the diagram represents eight feet of “real space.” That will help you get a picture of the actual size of the work that will be done.

Roof Pitch

This term means the manner in which your roof slants. In order to determine the pitch, the contractor will measure the number of inches the roof rises for every inch that it protrudes outward. If you see a pitch of 6/12, that means the roof goes up six inches for every 12 inches it juts out.

Squaring Off

A lot of homes have a roof that has a lot of wings, crevices and coves. Looking at residential roof plans is a lot simpler when you just divide the roof into separate rectangular sections. If the roof is cross-shaped, you just need to look at it like a single rectangle that has two smaller ones on each side.

The experts with Paradigm Roofing take the time to thoroughly explain residential roof plans to our customers in easy-to-understand terms. If you’d like to learn more about all of the services we offer, please give us a call at 972-542-7774 or contact us online. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.