The Varying Roofing Materials and Their Uses

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 11:15 pm

A roof depends greatly on what it is made out of. The materials used to construct it will determine what kind of building it is best suited for, its lifespan and how much it will cost. This post looks at some common roof types.

Metal Roofs

Areas where moisture and precipitation occur may benefit from a metal roof. However, metal roofs can be more expensive than other roof types, and copper or lead structures may be targeted by thieves. Copper, steel or aluminium structures have the advantage of being highly wind, sun and rain resistant, which offers a lifespan of around 50 years.


Shingles are a specific material and more a construction style, using overlapping elements, such as roofing tiles made from; wood, slate, ceramic, fibreglass, asphalt and asbestos cement. Although an attractive and cost-effective option, shingles require regular maintenance to combat moss build-up, and need sufficient ventilation due to the overlapping design.

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