Thinking of getting a new roof? One of the biggest factors to consider is the material. Different materials can each have their pros and cons. Below are just some of the different roofing materials that you can choose and the advantages and disadvantages that they can offer.
Asphalt roofs are popular due to being robust. Even if these roofs do get damaged, the damage can usually be easily and cheaply repaired by pouring some asphalt onto the hole.
Most asphalt roofs last 30 years – a long time, but not as long as some other materials. They are only suitable for flat roofs due to the way they are poured and can be quite heavy, requiring good structural support beneath.
Metal roofs have quite a lot of benefits including cooling, fire resistance and impressive water resistance. A metal roofing manufacturer can also sculpt a roof into pretty much any shape or pitch. On top of this, they can last up to 50 years.
Unfortunately, metal roofing can be quite pricey. They can also be quite noisy when it rains.
A wood roof is a traditional and weather-resistant option. Wood offers very good insulation, keeping you warm in winter.
Wood roofs do require a lot of maintenance as they can easily attract fungi, plus they only last about 30 years. As wood is flammable, such roofs are also not recommended in hot and dry climates where wildfires regularly occur.
If you’re looking for longevity, clay tiles are a good option – they can last up to 60 years! They’re also fire-proof and water-proof.
Unfortunately, clay roofing can be quite expensive. It can also be quite fragile if walked on or exposed to stormy weather.
Concrete tiles are another long-lasting option that won’t need replacing for at least 60 years. They’re a lot hardier than clay and can withstand high winds, while also being slightly cheaper.
Concrete is very heavy so will require a lot of structural support. It’s also prone to unappealing color fading, which is something to consider.
Slate is one of the most sophisticated-looking roofing materials and is the longest-lasting – some slate roofs can last well over 100 years. Like clay, it’s water-proof and fire-proof.
Unfortunately, slate can be fragile like clay. It’s also one of the most expensive roofing options.
Synthetic rubber is one of the cheapest roofing materials. It’s very durable and has an average life of about 40 years.
The biggest downside of synthetic rubber is it’s appearance – some people find its plain black look a bit dull.
If you want to bring character to an old or rural house, thatched roofing could be a great option. On top of its charming traditional look, thatching can provide a good amount of insulation and is very durable.
Thatched roofs can last up to 40 years, however you’ll likely need to replace the roof ridge every 8 to 10 years, which could be too much maintenance for some people. These roofs are also not cheap to install and can be very flammable.
Living roofs or ‘green roofs’ are a very modern option and are made up of plants and grass. They provide great insulation and can last 40 to 50 years. They also have environmental benefits – improving local air quality and nurturing local wildlife.
Living roofs can be expensive to install and are very heavy. You’ll also regularly need to do ‘gardening’ on your roof to keep it looking neat and tidy.