There is a whole array of different roofing materials out there and it can feel like a rather daunting task to pick the best one for your home. Afterall, it is the only thing that protects you and your home from the outside elements. When choosing a roof not only do you want something that is long lasting, but it should also have great curb appeal and even energy benefits.

There are so many alternatives to roofing with new materials being discovered all the time, including solar tiles, stone coated steel and green roofs. Depending on your roof structure and pitch type will also depend on what type of roof is better for you. Below is an outlined list of the most popular roof types for the UK.

Interlocking Tiles

Interlocking tiles are the cheapest way of covering a pitched roof. These are typically favoured by developers and supermarkets and are usually made of concrete. The tiles themselves are very large and don’t require much overlapping meaning, less are needed per square meter, and are generally easier to lay. However, this type of tile isn’t suitable on different roof shapes as much more cutting is involved which will increase costs overall.

Plain Tiles

Plain tiles offer a more traditional look and can vary in looks. These tiles can come in concrete or clay, with concrete being the cheaper alternative. Opting for the cheaper alternative may leave you with a washed-out roof after a few years as well as some unsightly weathering.


Slate roofing was very popular in the Victorian era and still continues to be for both replacement purposes and as a new roof altogether. Whilst some homes still have their original Welsh slate roofs, most slate now for the UK is imported from Spain, China or Brazil, and is more affordable. Slate can be seen on modern new builds as well as in traditional settings making it a great option when buying a new roof especially with it being a mid-priced option.


Thatching is only really heard of as a restoration project however, there are still some new builds that grace a thatched roof too. Thatching wouldn’t necessarily be thought of as a replacement alternative to your current house and would usually be thought into the design of your house. Thatching is a really expensive option and requires lots of upkeep and maintenance. Only go for this option if you are prepared to part with your cash.


Metal is considered a specialised roof material. Laid in sheets, mainly of zinc and copper with lead being used for flashing around chimneys and roof junctions. Steel tiles are also available which are an alternative to concrete, clay or slate and are great in particularly windy areas.

Green Roofs

Green roofs are generating a lot of interest with more people veering toward this option. Green or tuft roofs have been used in Scandinavia and Scotland for hundreds of years but now they are back in the limelight. Green roofs nowadays have to be built up in layers with careful attention being on the waterproofing details and the planting process has to be carefully thought through. More homeowners are opting for a green roof as it has lots of environmental benefits and is very different from your average tiled roof making homes stand out from the crowd.






Different Types of Roofing Materials
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Different Types of Roofing Materials
Choosing a material for your roof can be tricky but with our guide on different roofing materials we hope that we can make it a little easier for you.