The Importance of Roof Plans and Elevations

Roof Plans and Elevations


Whether you are building a new home or changing your current roofing, you need to have a roof plan in place.  Roofing requires a high level of precision for the project to be a success; a comprehensive roof specification will assist you in achieving this.   A roof plan consists of all the elements that are involved in the designing, framing and structuring of a roof.   It is important to have municipality-approved floor plans of your home in order to have a roof and elevation plan.  The first step in the whole process is to fully understand what a roof plan and elevation are and how they used.

Roof plans are used to demonstrate the shape of the roof; floor plans play a huge role in determining the pitch of your roof, and elevations are derived from the floor plans for accuracy purposes.  In the initial stages of the plan, your designer will outline the general shape and type of roofing material to be used.  Hiring professionals to design and erect your roof is important as they will understand the different types of roof plans, various pitches, roof shapes and common roof materials.    A roof plan has the following elements to consider:

  • Roof pitch
    • A pitch is the angle of the roof that compares the horizontal run and the vertical rise.  The slopes of a roof are shown when the elevations are drawn and will be shown on the roof plan.  
  • Roof shapes
    • When the pitch of the roof is changed, your designer can also change the shape of your roof.
  • Roof materials
    • Roofing materials depend on the pitch, exterior style, the cost of the structure and the climate you live in.  


Roof plans play a vital role in the design of the structure of most residential and commercial projects.  Endo Truss designs; manufactures and erects quality roof trusses, which are an essential part of your roofing construction. 

For professional service and a quote for your project, contact Endo Truss today! 

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