Top 5 Roofing Materials

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Your roof is more than just a way of keeping the wind and rain out of your home. In fact, it’s a statement regarding your personal preferences. Of course, if there is nothing wrong with your roof you’re not going to replace it just to stamp your mark on a property.

But, if your roof is reaching the end of its life and you need to replace it, you should be aware there are lots of different roofing materials to choose from, and these are the top 5:

Don’t forget that you should consider the weather you normally get in your area, it can influence the material you choose.

  • Tile

This is durable and comes in an array of different materials. You’ll find the cheapest option is the one that is most prevalent in your area. It could be slate, clay, or a host of other materials.

Fitting is comparatively easy but time-consuming as each tile needs to be fitted individually to your roof. However, this type of roof has been known to last 150 years or more, it’s a good investment.

  • Solar Glass

This is the most expensive option to install but it does offer the ability to create energy as well as being the best insulator in the group!

That may seem surprising considering this is a type of glass, but, it’s designed to offer the best possible insulation and you’ll find that the product comes with a lifetime warranty.

Note, there are plenty of manufacturers offering solar panels for your roof, but currently, only Tesla is offering solar glass roof. Of course, other manufacturers are likely to follow them.

  • Wood

Wood shingles are a more traditional approach, you’ve probably seen them before on DIY Gazebo kits and other home build options.

In effect, these are fitted n the same way as any other type of tiles. However, the difference is that, while these look fantastic, they’ll need a lot more maintenance.

It will be necessary to recoat the shingles every 1–2 years. This will make sure they retain their weather resistance. If you leave it for an extended period of time you’ll find that they lose their protection and allow water ingress. That’s not an attractive proposition.

  • Metal

Metal is convenient and coated to ensure it is protected against the elements. It’s comparatively cheap to fit and can be done in large sheets, minimizing the chances of leaks.

Perhaps more importantly, the metal can be coated in a variety of different colors, allowing you a greater range of choice than many of the other options on this list.

  • Plastic

The final choice is plastic. This is similar to the metal in terms of color choices and the fact that it’s installed in sheet form.

This is generally cheaper than metal but, it is also lighter, you’ll need to make sure it’s properly secured to ensure the roof stays in place during a storm.

Of course, metal and plastic will allow more sounds to travel into your home if you’re choosing one of these you’ll need a good level of insulation inside the home.


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