What is the Minimum Pitch for a Roof Tile?

Marley Golden Mede case study using Acme Double Camber in Burnt Flame

What does 'Minimum Roof Pitch' Mean?

Minimum roof pitch is the lowest angle at which a roof can be designed so the roof covering remains watertight. All tiles have a minimum roof pitch, which is established to protect the roof from weather penetration.

Why are Low Roof Pitches more Common?

As architects and specifiers continue to push design boundaries, we're often asked about the minimum pitch for a roof tile. We have seen an increase in requirements for low pitch roof solutions, which is being driven by ongoing demand for large commercial roofscapes alongside a surge in ground floor extensions due to relaxation of planning laws. For example, ground floor extensions often have a limited angle to the roof due to obstructions such as second-floor windows, so low pitch tiles are required.

To ensure design possibilities are not compromised as a result of the need to meet low pitches, manufacturers have focused on developing low pitch solutions across their product ranges, so that a variety of colours, textures, and styles are available. 

What are the Minimum Pitches for Clay or Concrete Tiles?

Our Mendip 12.5 can be used at roof pitches as low as 12.5°.*

Our WessexStandard Mendip and Lincoln roof tiles can be used down to a minimum 15° pitch. 

And our Western Red Cedar Shingles can be used at a minimum pitch of 14°.

Our Marley SolarTile® is also suitable on low-pitch roofs and compatible with the entire range of Marley tiles including our low pitch range. 

* Restrictions on rafter length may apply

Frequently asked questions

Q: What pitch should my roof be?
A: Roof pitches traditionally range from 12.5° (anything less is considered a flat roof) up to 75°. The key is ensuring the correct roofing products that are suitable for the roof pitch.

Check out our video "what do I need to know about Low Pitch tiles?"

The video goes through what count as a low pitch, and low pitch options for clay, concrete and slate roof tiles. 

Further information

All our low-pitch options come complete with matching fittings and accessories for ease of installation and additional protection. Minimum pitches for Marley tiles can be found in either the product brochure or the product pages here on our website, where they’re located within the technical tab.

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