A 6/12 roof pitch can also be expressed as 6 over 12 and when you're talking to a roofer, this is the most common way you'll hear it explained because it's easy to say in conversation.
A 6/12 roof pitch is steeper than average, so it is a little harder and more expensive to install. A benefit of this pitch is that it will shed water effectively without requiring larger gutters.
Another way to express a 6/12 pitch is "6 and 12."
In this pitch, the 6 represents your roof's rise and 12 represents the roof's run.
The roof's incline increases six feet for every 12 feet of horizontal measurement.
What angle is an 6 over 12 pitch?
Roofs with a pitch of 6/12 are approximately 26.57 degrees, depending on how exact you'd like to be in your measurement.
Check out our roof angle chart for more examples of the exact angles (expressed in degrees) of common roof pitches.
Roof Hub is a nation-wide roofing company with headquarters in Boston, MA. The photo seen above is a roof we replaced in the Boston area after a snowfall last winter. The homeowner had issues with leaks from a previous storm.