Your roof is always going to be an extremely important part of your house, and so you want to make sure you’re making the right investment when choosing which type of roofing material to go for. Think about what’s most important to you and sits as a priority – perhaps something tough, weather resistant, and visually appealing. Taking your priorities into consideration, you should then seek the best options available to you that are going to make the investment worthwhile.
Whether you simply need a couple of tiles replacing or repairing, or you want the whole roof re-doing with a different and better material, you won’t fall short of options. We’ve listed a few of our favourites that we’d recommend the most and given you some of the pros and cons of each.
Clay and concrete tiles are a really good option for roofing if you’re looking for something to withstand a lot of bad weather conditions and prevent your home from being affected by those. They cope well in all kinds of weather, including intense heat. The only risk of damage to these roofing tiles is if they are walked on, as this can cause them to crack. Upfront, clay and concrete tiles are pretty costly, however the longevity of them ensures that it’s a worthwhile investment for your home.
In terms of appearance, you can get these tiles in a variety of colours and shapes and so you can ensure that you pick the perfect fit for your house. Clay and concrete tiles can look good on just about any roof, which also contributes to their popularity.
The best thing about slate, is its lifespan. Generally, it will last for over 100 years and is very tough and not prone to a lot of damage. It’s a very heavy material and therefore copes well in wet weather as well as resisting mould and fungus. Some of the best safety factors of slate roofing is that it’s very resistant to fire and water, keeping your home as safe as it can possibly be. The textured look of it is also very appealing and a popular choice amongst homeowners. It can give quite an elegant style to your home and stay this way throughout all the time it’s there.
Slate can often be compared to shingles, however there are some quite significant differences between the two and we’d certainly recommend slate as a more long lasting and durable option. Shingles can be easily broken through poor weather conditions and sometimes need replacing. Despite a few of their similarities, there is certainly a big difference in how tough, weather resistant and long lived they are.
A big appeal of asphalt shingles in roofing, is that they are both affordable and cost effective. They are one of the most popular types of roofing materials available and are used on a lot of houses. Asphalt shingles do have quite a short lifespan of around 15-30 years and can be susceptible to weather damage, however this justifies the significantly cheaper price of them. Most people do tend to opt for asphalt shingles for the cost benefits, and they will still provide a good enough layer of protection to your home whilst looking great, too.
Some roofs can be susceptible to damage from weather and UV light, which can be quite problematic. To avoid problems like this and improve resistance, we highly recommend EPDM rubber roofing. The durability and flexibility of it makes for a much better lifespan and a lot less risk of damage. Although this may be a little more expensive to install, you can rest assured that it will be more than worth the money you pay for it, and you won’t have to replace it and will be a ot less likely to pay out for any kind of damage and repair service as it’s extremely tough and resistant. Another great thing about EPDM is that it works with the weather. It expands and contracts in correlation with the temperature in order to maximise efficiency and stay weather resistant.
If you’d like to know more about the different types of roofing available, or if you require any help with your own roof, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our contact page and our team will be more than happy to help you.