The decision you make about roofing your property is a very important one, with form and function both essential considerations. Whether you're replacing a roof, roofing a new property or adding an extension, there are more options for you to consider than ever before. Here are three popular choices:
The most common choice of roofing material is asphalt shingles. They are generally the most economic option, although with an average lifespan of 15-20 years they're not the longest lasting, and can be susceptible to ice and wind damage, as well as mildew and moss. The benefits include a large choice of weights and colours, so they're suitable for a large range of architectural styles. They're not the most environmentally friendly of options, but recycled asphalt options can be sourced.
Architectural shingles are a step up from the standard tiles, they are made by bonding multiple layers together with a sealant. They have an increased lifespan of between 30 and 50 years, and are more durable and wind resistant than the standard shingle. They are naturally more expensive but do offer a more aesthetically pleasing finish to a roof.
The key advantage to a clay tile roof is durability; with a lifespan of 100 years or even more, it can regularly outlast the structure underneath. Traditional clay tiles were formed by hand, and this is still an option if you're looking for a character solution for a heritage property, but the majority are now mass produced. Clay tiles are a low maintenance option once installed, but the costs involved can be significant enough to deter homeowners from using them, despite their pleasing appearance, particularly as they are heavy and may require reinforcing the roof supports. They are characterful, attractive and versatile.
Metal roofs have come a long way in a fairly short time and are becoming a popular aesthetic choice. They are durable and largely maintenance free, often outlasting other materials available. As metal will reflect the sun’s rays, it can have a cooling effect in the hotter days of summer. It can be formed to resemble more traditional roofing effects, such as shingles and tiles, as well as being left as a sheet for a modern look – steel, aluminium and copper are among the most popular choices. Come to think of it, copper has worked well for the Brighton Pavilion for over 200 years!