Roof Pitch: Getting It Right

A charming self-build thatched cottage in Cambridgeshire that belies its age through a combination of dutch herringbone patterned brick, Norfolk reed thatch and attention to detail
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So why is roof pitch important? With most houses the roof is the key external feature. It is even more prominent than the windows, because it can be seen from a distance. Get it wrong, whether that is down to roof pitch, design or material, and the whole project will suffer.

In some houses, the roof barely forms part of the design. This applies in so-called ‘flat’ roofed houses in contemporary style (they usually have a very shallow pitch rather than actually being flat). It also occurs in many large Georgian houses, where low pitches are concealed behind parapets.

Clive Fewins has been an author and journalist for nearly four decades. He specialises in writing about building conservation and period homes and buildings.

He has written for The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Mirror, The Evening Standard, Old House Journal, The Building Conservation Directory, Country Living, Country Life, English Heritage Magazine, In Britain, Listed Heritage, Thatched Living, Period Living as well as Homebuilding and Renovating.