It doesn’t matter if you are developing a new roof from scratch or getting a new roof for your current home, there’s a wide range of roofing materials readily available and worthy of your consideration. These include – corrugated metal, asphalt, wood, concrete, clay tiles, shingles as well as slate. While style is a significant factor, but it’s not the only one you should consider. There are other factors to take into account such as installation requirements, roofing material, weight and the overall project costs; are some of the other factors you need to consider. Here’s what you should also know:
The Size of Your Roof
Start with an obvious consideration as it will have an influence on any new roofing project.
The Cost of a New Roof
The price of the material is a good starting point, not just the price of adding the new roof but if you’re replacing an existing roof then there’s the cost of removing any existing roofing materials, also if there’s a supporting structure that needs repair, these will all be additional costs. The shape of the roof is another very relevant factor. A gable roof with few or no breaks in its planes (like chimneys, vent pipes, or whirlybirds) makes for a quick & simple roofing job. A house with many chimneys, intersecting rooflines, turrets, skylights, or other elements will cost more to roof.
Roofing Materials Available
Not every roofing material will be suitable to be used on every type of roof. A flat roof or one with a small slope may require a surface different from something with a steeper pitch. Materials like tiles and slate are very heavy, so the structure of many homes is inadequate to carry a large load. Consider some of the following options, then talk with your roofing designer and get estimates for the job.
The most common types of metal roofs are – Colorbond, Zincalume, Galvanised iron, Polycarbonate sheeting with wire mesh. You can also use more expensive metals such as lead, steel, aluminium, copper-and-asphalt, copper – these are all very durable, the lead and the copper/asphalt variations are commonly installed as shingles, but others are produced for seamed roofs that consist of vertical lengths of metal that are joined with solder.
Made from a combination of fiberglass impregnated with asphalt, then given a surface of sand-like granules. There are two basic forms sold: the standard single-thickness variety and thicker, laminated products. The standard type costs a lot less, but laminated shingles have a more appealing textured look and last roughly half as long.
In some parts of the world wood was the primary choice of roofing material for centuries, and it’s still a valid option (in some instances) if you do choose this material consider the potential of fire regulations. Usually made of southern pine, redwood or cedar shingles are sawn or split.
Clay Tiles and Concrete
Tiles provide a long lasting style, strength and sustainability. With natural insulation properties, clay and concrete roof tiles contribute to the overall thermal performance and energy savings of a well-designed home.
Slate is among arguably the most durable of all the roofing materials available. The best quality slate tiles can outlast the fasteners that secure them in place. Slate is also an expensive choice as a roofing material; also its weight makes it a prohibitive option for a lot of buildings.
Making the Final Choice for Your New Roof
If you are renovating the roof of your current house then more often than not, you will replace it with a similar roofing material. If you’re considering other options, as stated at the beginning of this article; you’ll want to consider not only the cost but other factors such as the weight, color, durability and texture of any alternatives. This is why we offer our clients a free quote & consultation; so that they’re aware of all of the available options, we’re ISO 9001 Quality Assurance accredited, a very important consideration for choosing a roofing professional.