Choosing A Roof

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Choosing The Best Roof For Your House

From manmade products like plastic polymers, sheet metal and asphalt to natural materials such as wood and slate, there are various styles and types of roofs to choose from now than ever before. Though each has its benefits and drawbacks, they can add a unique design element to your house. So which one is perfect for you?

What to Look for in a Roof

There are several factors to consider when choosing a roof including:

  • How long it will last
  • Cost – Is it expensive or affordable?
  • The materials used – Are they recyclable and sustainable?
  • Weight – Is it too heavy for the walls or roof framing?
  • Design – Will the look match the style of your house?
  • Terrain – Is the roof flat or sloped?
  • Vulnerability – Can the roof withstand natural disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes?

Also, find out whether the roof is allowed by the local building codes.

Pros and Cons

Some roof types are better suited for your home than others. Factors like the strength of the framing and the slope of the roof may limit your choices. In places prone to strong wind, heavy rain or scorching sun, look for a wind, fire and moisture resistant product. Below is a list of the different types of roofs.

Asphalt Composition Shingles

Asphalt shingles are highly popular due to their low cost and striking appearance. They are made of fibreglass (more moisture and fire resistant) or organic paper fibre (better for wind resistance and cold weather). Since the roof is a petroleum-based product, it’s not eco-friendly. In humid climates, opt for algae resistant shingles to prevent staining.


Though more costly than asphalt, metal roofs last longer and are more wind resistant. The roofs are made of steel, copper or aluminium to enhance durability. Besides tensile strength, metal is lightweight, wind and moisture resistant, and recyclable.

Plastic Polymers

This durable roof closely resembles slate. Molded from a high-quality plastic polymer material, this roof is low maintenance, long lasting and resistant to fire and wind.

Clay Tiles

While heavy and brittle, clay tiles are very durable and leak resistant. The traditional Spanish or Italian look can be made to resemble slate or cedar shakes. Made from natural materials, this roof type is low maintenance and eco-friendly.

Concrete Tiles

Less expensive and much heavier than clay tiles, concrete tiles can be used on steep and flat roofs. Their appearance is stylish. Paint can be applied to the surface to add curb appeal. Though the tiles are durable, they can easily break.


Of all roofing materials, the slate is the oldest. Though expensive, it’s very durable. It’s made from natural rock, hence its dark grey irregular appearance. As slate roofs are heavy, they require a reinforced structure for support and specially trained roofers to install.

Wood shingles

Wood shakes are made from rot-resistant woods such as cedar and redwood. Although wood gives a natural look and is moderate in weight, it has a shorter lifespan and needs periodic maintenance. You can use wood shingles on flat and steep roofs.

We can’t take the credit for these great tips. A shout out to Sunshine Coast roof restoration for this expert advice. Be sure to visit their website or even check out their roofing Sunshine Coast Facebook account.