Choosing the best roofing material for your building
With so many roofing finishes available it can be an intimidating task choosing the best roof material. This job can be much simpler by limiting your choices based on a few factors first. Some limiting factors may be Local Authority Guidelines. Our surrounding Local Planning Authorities: Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthen, Bridgend and Cardiff are generally helpful regarding roofing material choices but, like other counties you should check with planning department. Your local roofer should be knowledgeable about their recommendations. Sometimes a replacement roof may need to be of the same material such as natural slate, stone or clay, or you may have to keep your new build roof in character with existing red clay tiles for example.
Once you have narrowed down your primary choice for example; Slate, Tile, Metal etc. Finding the best roofing system, you then may want to explore alternative products based on desirability factors such as price, durability and green credentials such as energy rating, Carbon Footprint and heat loss.
Both the pitch (the angle at which the roof slopes) and the roof design can also limit the choices. As specialist roofing contractors we consider various factors before recommending the best roofing material.
Clay tiles can be installed with roof pitches as low as 15° whereas natural slates can only perform down to 25°.
Interlocking slates or tiles in man-made materials such as concrete or fibre cement can offer an alternative on low roof pitches.
Here are the main roof coverings available.
- Natural Slate: High cost but with a life expectancy of up to 200 years.
- Ceramic tile. Relatively high cost, life of more than 100 years.
- Metal roofing. Generally a relatively inexpensive industrial building material,
- Felt and tar Flat Roof: Generally inexpensive now replaced more with GRP Fibreglass.
Cheaper than natural roofing materials synthetic alternatives range from concrete based products which imitate clay tiles to fibre-cement roof slates which can emulate natural slate. They can be laid on lower pitches but do not age like their natural counterparts with shorter lifespan than Welsh slate for example, but the attraction usually lies in their lower cost.
Some products are better suited to particular roof areas than others. A reputable and knowledgeable roofing contractor should be more than willing to explain why their recommended system is best matched to your roof.
Hopefully this information can help choose the best roofing material for your project. If you require any further help please contact us for further assistance.[social_share/]