How To Convert A Flat Roof To A Pitch Roof


How To Convert A Flat Roof To A Pitch Roof

There are a number of stand out advantages when it comes to converting flat roofs into pitched roofs. For instance, pitched roofs are less susceptible to leaks. It is also an easy way to modernize outdated homes. In addition, pitched roofs can also hold up well when it comes to wear and tear. Before commencing a roofing project, it is very important to calculate the span and size of the roof and to take extensive measurements. 

Measurements And Calculations

Before you start comparison shopping, the first calculation you need to make includes the roof span. The over-hanging roofing materials will also need to be measured as well as added into the overall total. This measurement is then halved. If the measurements were accurate, then this is the area where the roof-ridge is located. The next important consideration is the type of roofing materials. Shingles, rubber composite, slate, tin, tiles and other types of materials are all priced differently, which makes it useful to have all the measurements available when shopping. 


Over and above the standard carpentry tools, the DIYers also need to buy bridging material, roof trusses, roofing nails, tar paper, plywood, along with any other items that are necessary for the project. The pre-manufactured roof trusses are one of the easier options to buy and they can be delivered to the site. It is very important to have every calculation associated with the roof available when shopping. 

Steps On The Conversion

It becomes necessary to check on local building regulations and codes before starting any type of home-improvement project. This is the best way to obtain specifications and rules for specific problems that could arise later. The initial step to a roof conversion will include removing the old roofing materials. 

The next step involves tying the trusses (new) to the wood that remains. It is important to keep a tarp on hand should there be rain since these conversions could take a few days or even weeks. Once the old roofing material is removed, many homeowners discover that there is a significant amount of wood that is water-damaged that needs to be replaced. This is the ideal time to remove water-damaged or rotting wood. 

Once the trusses are installed, the next step involves re-sheathing the roof. The tar-paper needs to be put down first. If the materials are still in good shape, certain homeowners re-sheath using the original roofing materials. It is important to use the right fasteners and to adhere to any building code regulations and guidelines.

​You can also opt for a professional from Ultimate Roofing helping out. Contact us and see how we can help!

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