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What are the different types of Roof?

There are many different types of roof or roof material that exist. This guide will focus on the common types that most people get or have for their home.

Common Roof Tile

Roof tiles are one of the most popular tile for roofing. They are typically a reddish/salmon colour and are available in concrete or clay. The reason they are so popular is because they are quite cheap.

Slate roof tiles

Slate roof tiles are another popular choice also because they are fairly cheap, though not as cheap as the more common clay roof tiles. Artificial slate tiles have been become very popular lately because of their competitive price compared to clay roof tiles. That said, natural slate tiles are more expensive, but this is mainly due to the fact that they last a lifetime and attract much less moss.

Thatched Roofs

Thatched roofs are are very charming but can be fairly expensive to maintain. They are built with materials such as straw, water reed, sedge, rushes, heather, or palm branches etc. Since the bulk of the material stays dry and is densely packed, the thatching also functions as insulation.

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) Roofs

EPDM or Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, is a synthetic rubber material used in a range of applications - not just roofing, EPDM is also widely used in the automotive industry. The reason it is so popular is due to its excellent resistance to environmental factors and the elements. It is one of the most expensive materials available and for good reason. It lasts a lifetime and does not crack making it a popular choice for flat roofs.

Zinc Roofs

Zincs roofs are fairly popular for their bright finish, durability and the fact that it repels corrosion. As well as this, Zinc is quite an interesting roof type as Zinc itself is very flexible. This means that it can be made into unconventional shapes - hence why round or spherical shaped roofs are built using Zinc.

Different Tile Breakdown

Roof Tiles

  • Baked Clay Tiles: extremely solid tiles with a long lifespan
  • Plain Tiles: flat tiles without ripples
  • Concrete Tiles: cheaper than baked tiles and more variations and colours

Slate Tiles

  • Natural Slate: expensive but authentic and last a long time
  • Artificial Slate: cheaper but made out of fibre cement

Thatched Roofing

  • Long Straw: The thickness of the roof covering means that details such as dormers can be swept over
  • Combed Wheat Reed: Overtime gains a more soft and rounder look.
  • Water Reed: Not as deep as straw it follows the lines of the roof structure more closely thereby emphasise angularity features such as dormer windows

Rubber Roofing

  • EPDM: heat and weather resistant, ideal flat roofing material.

Metal roofing

  • Metal Tile Sheets: sheets of steel or aluminium with the look of roof tiles
  • Zinc Slates: they have the same look as a natural slate, though usually a bit bigger
  • Zinc, Aluminium or Copper Strips: as time goes by, a patina forms. (a Patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of copper, brass, bronze and similar metals) This gives both protection and a nice colour to your roof

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