There are several types of roofing materials to use if you are repairing or replacing your roof. Slate is often considered the cousin of the tile and it can successfully be used for roofs. It is a very durable material but it generally is too expensive to purchase for most home owner’s budgets and it also needs professional installation, therefore adding extra costs to the job. Due to this, slate is often only used in custom roofing.
Another material that can be used for roofing is aluminium shingles and they are shaped to interlock. This is to provide additional wind resistance and this also makes them extra durable in areas where it snows. They can be found in a range of different colours and often come corrugated. Galvanised steel panels are quite favourably used as roofing material in some situations due to its many positives. They are some of the easiest roofs to install and can be painted to any taste and colour and some manufacturers even make metal panels that looks like actual timber. Galvanised steel is a very good material to choose for roofing if you live in an area with heavy snow as it will shed the snow easily. Just watch out for the snow sliding off the roof – safety first!
Some houses that have flat or low-sloping roofs will have built-up roofing systems of either asphalt and gravel or polyurethane foam. Asphalt and gravel roofs are layered with roofing felts that are each coated with asphalt and the top layer is then surfaced with crushed rock or gravel. Polyurethane foam can be sprayed on existing built-up roofs or on new roof deckings. It is generally a bit more expensive than asphalt and gravel roofs but it has the advantage of providing a lightweight insulation as well as very durable roofing.
As mentioned before, the choice when it comes to roofing materials are many and it is important to choose one that is suited for you, your needs and your budget. You will also need to take into account if there are any restrictions regarding houses and roofs in your area and implement these into your plans. Remember that some roof materials are heavier than other and will therefore be more expensive to ship, especially if the manufacturer is based far from your house. Last but not least, remember to choose a roof that is suitable for the particular weather where you live. Happy roofing!