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Which Type of Roofing Material Should You Choose?

Last modified: 2019/08/09 | Approximate reading time 2 mins

Have you noticed that your roof covering needs to be replaced? is here to let you know about all the types of roof coverings, along with their respective characteristics.

Without a roof, there would be no house. It's there to protect you from the weather, it helps keep you warm in the winter and it blocks nature's elements from coming into your home. Every year, you should check in on it to see how it's doing and to fix any damage that is repairable. When your roof is far along in the ageing process, it might be worth replacing it.

You will have to choose which material to use for your roofing. Many different options are available out there depending on your budget, your taste and the general look of your house.

Different types of roofing materials

Tile roof

There are several types of tiles on the market today. Here are their characteristics:

Wooden Tiles

Wooden tiles can be made out of various types of wood such as pine, oak and acacia. This type of tile allows an optimal flow of the water that runs down onto the surface.  Wood is a noble material and this type of roof covering will add a lot of value to your house.

Terracotta Tiles

This type of tile is often seen in European homes but it can also be used in North America. It supports cold weather fairly well. Another perk with terracotta tiles is that they come in a wide array of colours and textures. Therefore, you will find something which suits your house well.

Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles are the cheapest option out there and they tend to be less resistant, therefore less durable than the other types of tiles. Furthermore, note that concrete tiles are strongly subject to climatic variations. Under lengthened sun exposure, they will change colour. One of the few perks with this material is that it can be installed in different ways, meaning that you can put them in any direction that you like, according to the slope on your roof.

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Slate Roof

Slate used for roof coverings is one of the most long-lasting materials. Compared to other types of roofing, they are more expensive. However, slates give character to your house. They make it look prestigious. In this case, with a hefty price tag comes durability.  

If well maintained, they can last for generations. On the other hand, since slate is a natural product, certain slabs may be somewhat uneven and you might have to replace them once in a while.

Zinc roof

Zinc has become really popular in the last few years. Its recent success can be attributed to the fact that compared to other types of materials,  it adapts well to buildings with different shapes(e.g. round shapes). Architects love to work with zinc. Another of its perks is the fact that it is very light and won't add weight to your building's structure.

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