Measuring Rise Over Run

Roof pitch is measured "rise over run". This is measured by taking a level and placing it at any point on the slope of the roof. Now take a measuring tape (or scale) and measure straight down to the roof at the 12" mark on the level.

The standard "run" is 12" therefore it always some number over 12.

In this case the rise over run is 4/12 - the roof rises 4" over 12".

In this case the rise over run is 7/12 - or the roof rises 7" over 12".

A pitch of 12/12 is approximately 45 degrees.

Even though most roofers feel they can walk a dry roof up to 10/12 we recommend using a safety line at any pitch and any height.