Your roof is arguably the most important part of your home, which means you need to build it well and treat it with love. General upkeep is necessary for keeping your roof in tip top condition, experts advise that you should check your roof twice a year and replace it every 20-100 years (depending on the type). Whether it’s an initial build or simply a replacement, we have identified the most common roofing materials to consider.
Some of the most recognisable roofing materials are produced from hard wearing substances such as ceramic materials, clay and even from glass. The most common of these being clay roof tiles. When using such material, a weather resistant glaze is required to provide extra protection.
The types of roof constructions has varied over the years, with people using roof tiles to create different designs and effects. One of the most popular of roof tiles is the flat tile. Although they are not completely flat, they are entirely rectangular in shape. This allows for a seamless layering effect to be produced. During the 1970s the trend of using flat tiles for roofing began and hasn’t changed much since. This type of tiling construction is still widely visible in neighbourhoods today and clay tiles remain a popular roofing material.
Alongside this, the other common type of roofing material are single lap and roman tiles. Roman tiles are recognisable by their curvature at two of its edges. This design enables the tiles to provide extra strength by interlocking together. However, single lap tiles are generally laid in an ‘S’ formation, creating a rather distinction look.
Slate is regarded as one of the most ancient roofing materials to be still be used. Its formation from volcanic materials makes for an extra hard substance which has been exposed to high pressure and temperature conditions. Slate boasts from having excellent waterproofing abilities and is very flexible, allowing to be easily shaped and moulded. Slate is manufactured in large pieces which can be cut down into rectangular tiles fairly easily and hassle free. Although slate is very long-lasting, having to replace it will be a costly job, so it is important to take this into consideration. Overall its various qualities and great durability makes slate a favoured material within roofing construction.
If you are replacing your roof or constructing one from scratch it is important to check the planning laws for your area and property. Some laws state that only a particular type of slate can be used on roofs, so double check this is not the case for you. For more information on roofing check with your Local Authority Building Control (LABC).