How To Choose The Right Roof Material

Tuesday, September 13, 2022


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Roofs come in all different kinds of styles and materials. Different materials have their own advantages and drawbacks. This post compares some of the most popular types of roof that you may want to consider for your home and the pros and cons of each material.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular roofing option. They’re favoured largely because they’re not expensive, easy to install, fairly energy-efficient and available in an array of styles.

Compared to some other roofs, they’re not as resistant to extreme temperatures and may crack during a heatwave or frosty period. High winds can also dislodge shingles quite easily. As a result, expect more frequent repairs and an earlier replacement.

Synthetic rubber shingles

A more durable alternative to asphalt shingles is rubber shingles. Most of today’s ‘rubber’ roofing is actually made from synthetic materials. These roofs typically last a lot longer than asphalt, while still being as energy-efficient.

Expect to pay slightly more for a synthetic rubber shingle roof than you would for an asphalt shingle roof. While you can get fairly cheap synthetic rubber roofs, they often don’t look quite as good.

Synthetic rubber flat roof

A synthetic rubber flat roof is very easy to lay and easy to fix. This tends to make them a very cheap option. They’re also energy-efficient, just like synthetic rubber shingles.

Flat roofs need to have a fairly decent gradient to stop water pooling and causing damage. Otherwise they’re fairly durable. A reason they’re not so popular in homes as other materials is largely because of their look - most people would agree that they don’t quite have the stylish appeal of other roofing materials.

Timber shake tiles

Timber shake tiles are one of the oldest types of roofing still regularly used today. These roofs have a beautiful rustic look well suited to some older properties. They’re also great in colder climates as they are a great insulator.

These roofs are not recommended in warmer climates as they don’t allow much heat loss. They’re also definitely not the type of roof you want to install in an area that is prone to wildfires - a timber shake tile roof will burn very easily.

Metal panels

More people are opting for roofing made out of metal panels. Modern metal roofs are available in an array of colors and shapes. These roofs are totally fire-resistant and are also one of the most energy-efficient options can choose (opt for a metal roof if you want to save money on your energy bills)

Metal roofs typically aren’t the cheapest option and some can be prone to dents. For a durable and economical option, choose a metal roof from a metal roofing specialist such as a Butler roof. It’s worth noting that metal roofs can also be noisy when raining, although there are ways to reduce this noise.

Slate tiles

A slate roof can give your home a classy look and boost the value of your home considerably. Slate is also renowned for its durability - it’s fire-proof and so hard-wearing that it can last well over 100 years without needing to be replaced.

Unfortunately, a slate roof comes at a high price tag. This is largely because it’s so heavy, which makes it harder to transport and install (it’s essential that a slate roof is installed by qualified professionals so that there’s no risk of it crashing down through your home).

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