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Different Kinds of Roofing

06 February 2014

Undeniably, the roof is one of the most vital parts of your house. If you have plans to replace your roofing or construct a new home, you actually have a number of roof options. We all are aware that several storms that found their way in Melbourne have successfully created mayhem and devastation on thousands of roofs across the state. At this point, it may be high time to assess your preferences and find out which is the best type of roof to have on top of your structure. If you are on the lookout for a new house, roof age is something that you really have to add on your list of considerations.

There are different kinds of roofing available for you. Now, let us take a look at some of the more popular roof choices that you have:

Metal Roofs (colourbond or tin)

For Edwardian and Victorian style structures, metal is the popular choice. Metal roofs are also customarily used in commercial buildings. They can be formed because they are malleable, and they are also energy efficient. Roofs that are made of metal can definitely add character to modern buildings and period style structures. Metal can last for more than twenty five years. However, the installation expense for metal roofs is comparably steep. You need a professional plumber to install your tin or colourbond roof.

Tiles

Tiles come in different colours and textures making it a very versatile pick. And, they can last for 50 years or thereabouts. Many Melbourne homes built during the 50’s still have their roofing tiles intact after being battered by many storms. Tiles can survive well in all kinds of weather. They are also extremely resistant to fire which makes tile roof ideal in bush-fire prone areas.

One disadvantage of tiles as roofing material is that they are quite heavy. Because of this, some structures may require supplementary load-bearing structures in order to support the tiles. Installing tiles can be quite expensive and when improperly placed, they can shift and that may cause leaks in the future. but a properly maintained roof shouldn’t cause issues like leaks. For guaranteed work, you should go for licensed roof contractors for the installation or repair of tile roof.

Shingles

Shingles as roofing material can give your home a wonderful classy look. Shingles are made from different kinds of materials the most common of which asphalt and fiberglass. In other countries, some shingles are made from paper and other wood-based materials but because they are fire-prone, they are rare here in Australia. Shingles are placed on top of a ply board. They are amazingly light which means you do not have to spend a lot on overly thick walls to support your roof.

Shingles are, by far, the roof material that is easiest to install and that is another reason why choosing them would be more economical compared to tiles and metal. And, they are easier to repair when damaged. They also come in a wide array of styles and colours. Shingle roofs will last around 30 years or more and if they have been properly, they can be almost maintenance-free.

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