Roofing Material – Which is the best for me?

Roofing companies in London install an array of different roof types. While many times a residential roof simply needs repair, at some point in the life of a home, the roof will need replacement. This is the perfect time to re-evaluate your rooftop and to improve the value and the longevity of your home.

The material on your rooftop has an impact and there are numerous things you’ll need to consider:

  • The weight of the roof
  • The durability of the roof
  • The longevity of the rooftop material
  • Municipal regulations
  • The aesthetics of the roof – does it complement your home?
  • Is your rooftop environmentally friendly?

The most popular roofing materials include:

Asphalt: Shingles comprised of asphalt represent 80% of the residential roofing market. They are inexpensive compared with other options, are suitable for an array of different roof slope types, and they perform well regarding wind and fire resistance. They are easy to install and repair. However, they are not particularly durable nor eco-friendly. They will require sooner replacement and more repairs than some other roofing materials. Homes located in high humidity areas require asphalt shingles that are resistant to algae.

Tile: Made from clay in most cases, tile is heavy on a rooftop hence requiring a strong, reinforced supporting structure. It looks great on Spanish-style homes, and offers an energy-efficient result to your home which has a long lifespan. It is unfortunately expensive and tiles can break in a storm. Colours can also fade. 

Wood Shakes: These shingles are made from cedar in most cases. They look natural and attractive, and lend a particular charm, especially to older homes. Recyclable, they are made from all-natural materials and have a long lifespan. The do however have a low resistance to fire and need to be specially treated for this. They will require significant maintenance and can be difficult to install. 

Slate: A classic, slate is very expensive and very heavy, yet it looks amazing and is very durable with a very long lifespan. An all-natural material, slate is recyclable, yet can only be used on strong roofs that have steep slopes.

Plastic Polymer: New to the roofing market, plastic polymer roofs are created to look like slate or wooden shakes. They are low maintenance, durable, and available in a range of styles and colours. They are not heavy, and are resistant to fire and wind. This roofing material is less affordable than asphalt. 

Metal: Metal roofing is lightweight, energy-efficient, and recyclable. Contrary to common expectation, metal roofs absorb much less heat from the sun than asphalt does, and metal is very durable. It can even be laid over an existing roof. Suited to a variety of slope pitches, metal roofs are weather resistant and fire retardant.  Metal roofing is priced across a range depending on material, with steel being much more affordable than copper. Copper rooftops can turn green with age, and some people don’t find the appearance of a metal roof to be very appealing.

Roofing companies in London offer a range of choices in rooftop material and these professionals can advise you on what your best choice would be based on pros & cons of each and your unique residential needs.

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