What Type of Roofing is Best for me?
These days, there are plenty of types of roofing as well as many styles of roofing materials out there. With that in mind, trying to pick the right one for your roof can be a pretty difficult task.
Before making any big decisions, you need to think about how long you wish your roof to last, if you want it to finish off the design of your house, your price range or if you prefer eco-friendly and natural products.
Have a look at this list of some of the most popular roofing types which will help you to make an informed decision about which kind may be best for you.
Which roofing type is the best option for you?
There are many factors to consider when selecting a roof. This includes:
- How long will it last?
- Does it hold up during extreme weather conditions?
- Is it too heavy for the existing roof framing?
- Does the roof have enough slope?
- Will the look complement the look of the house?
- Are the materials eco-friendly and recyclable?
- Is the kind of roofing allowed by local building codes?
- And finally, how much will it cost?
Roof tiles are highly popular for roofing and widely used, they are available in concrete and as well as clay. Varying on your personal preference and your budget, you can pick one or the other. In addition to this, they are available in a range of shapes and sizes.
The shape you pick very much depends on the angle of inclination and the desirable sight. The roof tile is a brilliant choice if you are looking for cost-effective roofing materials.
Slate roof tiles
Slate roof tiles have been used as a type of roofing material for a very long time and it’s easy to see why. Particularly artificial slates which have been very popular due to their competitive price compared to roofing tiles. Natural slates can be more costly, but they will last a lifetime and not to mention they attract less moss. The price is often established according to the choice of material and the surface.
A thatched roof is a classic style of roof and full of charm. This style of roof is very common in older country properties such as cottages and barn conversions. This variety of roof covering can last up to about 40 – 50 years. The insulation value of thatched roofing is very good too.
EPDM is made with rubber. This roofing material has plenty of perks. It is not only maintenance friendly, but will last you a lifetime. It won’t crack and it is going to be walkable throughout the entire year. It is one of the more expensive roofing materials of this list but at the same time one of the most qualitative too! If you are seeking roofing materials for a flat roof, this is certainly the ideal choice. EPDM is considered to be thé successor of traditional roofing.
The pitched roof is certainly one of the most popular roof shapes out there. It is suitable for every building style and offers a significant advantage: extra storage – or living space underneath the construction. For the construction of a sloped roof, roofers start from purlins, (prefabricated) trusses or prefab roof elements.
A purlin roof is then finished with rafters, an inner roof, counter battens and battens. The trussed roof still gets a roof underlay, counter battens and battens. The roof elements are a whole of interior work, vapour barrier, insulation and inner roofing.
A zinc roof is particularly useful when used on roof structures and with unconventional shapes. This has to do with the fact that zinc is a highly flexible material. It is a great fit for round or spherical roofing types. Next to that, zinc roofs have a unique appearance and they last particularly long. In addition to this, they can get recycled as well. In the past, one would only see this roofing material on older properties, but its popularity has increased in the past couple of years.
Moss is often regarded as a bad sign when found on your roof, but when properly planned for, moss and other living plant materials provide an effective roofing material that gives back to the earth. A very unorthodox kind of roof, the green or living roof certainly holds much promise. It will be able to put oxygen back in the air, provide thermal insulation to your house, absorb rainwater, and even permit you to grow plants. To make up a green roof, you’ll need to first install a layer of waterproof membrane and give good drainage. A green roof can be intensive meaning capable of supporting large plants and people, or extensive, which indicates that it is thin and intended only for light-weight growth such as moss.
Metal is a specialised type of roofing material. It’s laid in sheet form and the two most popular metals currently being used are zinc and copper. Lead is now widely used for flashing material, around chimneys and at roof junctions. There are also steel roof tiles available which is a great alternative to concrete, clay or slate, especially suitable for windy locations.
You don’t just choose a tile due to it suiting your specific taste or such that its price will reflect your lifestyle. Avoid roofs that will not match with your framing. If the relationship of the frame to the weight of the roof does not complement, the structure will be compromised. Weak framing may lead to a sagging roof. Call an expert in roofing before deciding on your roof.
Other roofing materials
This is a bituminous roofing material equipped with fibreglass and often used on garden houses and extensions. They are protected and decorated by granular minerals or a thin copper layer and they are available in a range of shapes and colours.
This used to be a cheap roofing material in the past. Nowadays, it is often used for bigger villas, outbuildings or prestige building projects.
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