This article has been update August 2020.
Asking the difference between a pitched and gently sloped roof is a bit like asking about the difference between modern and traditional architectural design. As a rule, traditional architectural design features reflect influences from Neoclassical, Colonial, Victorian, and Craftsman architecture. Common traits include big porches and pitched roofs. Modern architectural design includes features like large, expansive windows and flat (low-sloped) roofs. Both styles can be found in the hills and lowlands of the Bay Area.
In terms of how roofing materials differ and which type of roof is easier to repair, there are a number of things to consider. Roof pitch can determine whether one type of roof covering, say composite shingles, will work. If the pitch or angle of the roof is below a certain amount, you might have to use a single ply membrane system, like Duro-Last.
Updated: July 17, 2020, for the COVID-19 Pandemic in Marin.
During these hot, sunny days, you may not be worried about whether your roof can be worked on when it is raining. If you live in Marin, Sonoma or Napa, you may want to think again. The devasting fires of the last few years and the ensuing rebuilding efforts are keeping contractors of all stripes very busy. That includes roofing contractors. This year’s fire season may make things even worse, as wildfires are currently burning throughout the state.
Updated June 2020
You may get a different response to this question, depending on who you ask or the study you reference. Other considerations may also be on your mind. Spring is usually the time of year you might plan to tackle those home remodeling projects the winter rains kept at bay.
Or, you may be looking at an even bigger change, selling your current home and moving to a new one. With the economy in flux and businesses just starting to open up, you may be looking for your strongest options to improve your home’s resale value. One question may come to mind. Will a new roof increase my home’s appraisal value?