Installing a new roof? How do you choose the best materials for your roof?

One of the most important parts of your home is the roof.  It is your first defence against the elements of nature.  It gives shelter against rain, hail, ice storms, and snow.  It also keeps you in the shade when the sun is hot and protects you from the wind.  A roof can suffer great havoc in a storm event.

Information about different types of roofs and how they perform during adverse weather events:

Tiles:  Tiles are versatile and come in a variety of textures and colors.  A tile roof can last up to 50 years and longer.  Tiles are durable in all kinds of weather, extreme heat, as well as, extreme cold.  They are also fire resistant.

One of the downsides of tiles is their weight.  Tiles are heavy and therefore certain house structures will need additional support structures.  Installing costs are also higher than that of other types of roofing.  Tiles that shift can cause roof leaks, but, a properly maintained roof should not cause problems.

Metal (colourbond roofs and tin):  Metal is commonly used in older houses, Victorian and Edwardian style homes, as well as, in commercial buildings.  These roofs are versatile and energy efficient.  They can add character and style to modern buildings.  They last about 30 years.

Installation costs are comparably high for metal roofs.  Flat metal roofs do not allow for ceiling insulation, which can be a downside.

Shingles:  Shingles can be made of many different materials; mostly they consist of asphalt or fibreglass.  You do get a paper and wood-based shingles, but because they are not fire resistant, you won’t find many in Melbourne or the whole of Australia.  Shingles are lightweight and this can reduce costs on structural walls.

Installing shingles will be less expensive than tiles or metal.  They are also easy to repair and come in a wide range of colors and styles.  A shingle roof will last around 30 years.  If properly installed, your shingle roof will turn out to be low maintenance.

Green Roofs:  These roofs consist of a layer of insulation, waterproofing, and pebbles and plants for drainage.  Basically, you have a garden on your roof.  Green roofs control water run-off and reduce a building’s energy costs.  Green roofs look beautiful and will reduce your carbon footprint.

Costs of installing green roofs are variable and there is no evidence of how long they last.

A tiled roof is beautiful and will last you longest in all types of weather conditions.  Tiles are usually made of concrete or clay.  The tiles come in different shapes, for example, curved, fluted and interlocking.

Your tiled roof can withstand fire damage, is resistant to any kind of rot or insects, can withstand all types of weather, it regulates your indoor temperature and requires almost no maintenance.

And lastly, but not least, a tile roof is environmentally friendly and is recyclable.