So you’re thinking of buying a new roof, but where do you start? Be prepared to choose from a variety of materials, and some that you never knew existed! But don’t worry we will point you in the right direction giving you the relevant information.
Roofing materials can include, slate, tiles and new plastic composites to offer extra durability at a lower cost. However, with everything comes pros and cons but this guide will help you feel more acquainted with your options and allow you to compare what roof type is best for you.
What do I need to consider?
You may think, I have a tiled roof and I’ll just replace it like-for-like. However, you may be missing a trick here. Although it makes sense and seems easier to do so, because you are familiar with the material, you could be missing out on upgrading your functionality and look of your property’s roof.
Your roof is protecting you from the elements after all, so it’s critical to choose the best barrier to protect you and your home. You need to consider a roof that will hold up wind, rain, snow and even endure the sun for many years to come. Depending on the shape of your roof, some materials will do the job better than others.
The roof’s pitch, or roof slope, needs to be taken into consideration when looking for a new roof. Most tiles, and slate materials are approved on sloped roofs, however, if you have a flat roof, extra materials are needed such as tar and gravel or polyurethane foam to ensure that when water pools on top that it will not leak through.
The appearance of your roofs material is very important as it can dramatically change the look of your home entirely. The colour and texture should be compatible to your homes exterior finish, ensuring it doesn’t look odd in its surrounding area.
Ensure that your home’s architectural style is reflected in your roof style also. For example, a natural stone building won’t benefit from metal sheet roofing.
This doesn’t mean to say that you cannot stray away from the original material that is already in place. There are many identical materials that can mimic the look of original roofs but provide extra durability and can be cost effective.
Make sure you take colour into consideration too. Light coloured roofs will reflect more heat than a dark one. So, if you live in a particularly cold area, a dark roof will be beneficial to keeping your house warm, and vice versa with a light coloured roof.
Slate and reclaimed slate will give you a classic look and is now made with a waterproof backer. Other alternatives are available to give you the look without the additional expense including, plastic composites and fibre cement. Slate is resistant to insects, rot and mildew meaning the upkeep of your roof is minimal, staying in pristine condition for longer.
Concrete & Clay Tiles
Clay and concrete tile roofing is popular in many areas but are prone to breakage, especially in areas with high winds. Real clay ties are extremely heavy with alternative lighter, less fragile alternatives being concrete. Tiles typically last around 50 years or more and also resist rot, insets and mildew.
Plastic roofing can provide you with durability as well as a preferred look at lower prices. Aesthetic is everything when it comes to the exterior of your home, but plastic composite roofing can be designed in any way to suit your needs.
There are plenty of other materials on the market but these are the most popular used. Make sure when you choose your new roof take these materials into consideration and weigh up the right type for your needs.