The Benefits of Different Roofing Styles

by | May 9, 2013 | Roofing

Every home has a roof. However, not every roof is the same. Most people think the asphalt shingle roof is the only type of roof commercially available to most people because it’s the most common type of roofing material. However, this is not the case. There are many different types of roofing material that just about anyone can afford. These are available throughout the country. Here’s a look at the different types of roofs you can have for yourself.

Asphalt shingle

If someone asked a random group of roof repairers, such as people who do Roofs repairs in Basildon, which are the most common type of roof shingles people have, the answer would resoundingly be asphalt shingles. These are cost effective, easy to fix, easy to repair, and do a great job at sealing the outside of a home.

Wood shingles

These are sometimes called wood shakes and look much more pleasing on the eye than asphalt shingles. They have a pleasing old world look and provide far more insulation than most other types of shingles. However, they require a lot of maintenance. They need regular sealing because this can get worn out by the elements. You also need to regularly inspect them for rot and this type of roof is very susceptible to mould, mildew and other fungal growths.

Clay shingles

You will often see this type of shingle, or tile, in hotter climates. It’s unlikely if you were in Basildon, you’d ask someone who does roof repairs in Basildon to repair your clay roof. These are extremely hardwearing tiles totally impervious to insects, mould, mildew, fire – or anything time can throw at them. These are the longest lasting shingles you can buy but they do come with some disadvantage. For one, they are extremely heavy so your home will have to be strong enough to handle it. They are also brittle and can be damaged easily, but fixing them is not easy. Finally, they are very expensive.

Metal roof

This kind of roof is nothing new. It’s very energy efficient because it reflects heat so you don’t need to run air conditioners all day to keep your home cool in the summer. They are also made from recyclable material so they are good for the environment. However, it too has its disadvantages. For instance, in cold weather the roof can freeze. What’s more they are expensive, but only because they are difficult to fix – that’s a job best left to a professional. Still, they are very strong and they won’t break or get damaged like some other roof shingles. What’s more they are lightweight so they are suitable for even the smallest building or the biggest ones.

Pinewood Contract Services Ltd offers specialist roof repairs solutions to commercial & industrial sectors from replacing worn felts to fitting permanent safety features. Get in touch with them!


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