Roofs come in many different shapes and sizes, with dozens of little variations in the material and design structure possible. With so many choices, it can be hard to narrow down exactly what you want out of your roof. While most roofs do a comparable job to one another, there are some differences that you should bear in mind when making your choice, particularly when it comes to your environmental factors. Here are three different types of roofing material and a quick explanation of which environment they do the best in.
Tile might be the most common of roofing materials in most suburbs, and there are very good reasons for that. Tiles are great insulators, so heat does not penetrate the home as much in summer, and they are also very good at directing rain off of your roof. They come in a bunch of different colours and do not get affected by salt in the air either, which makes them perfect for coastal regions. The only thing you need to know is that they can be very expensive to install, as the material itself is not cheap and the labour costs are high due to how long the installation process takes.
Sheet metal roofs are more common in Australia than in many other countries simply because they are very practical. Treated metal roofs do not rust in the same way normal metal will. This means it's one of the best materials for directing water flow off of your roof. In addition, it is virtually impervious to damage due to how strong it is. However, metal sheet roofing material is not a good insulator on its own. It is also very loud whenever it rains, so if you are going to go with sheet roofing you should consider an interior insulation lining.
Asphalt shingles are very similar to tiles in a lot of ways but slightly less resistant to very strong weather events due to their overall weight. They are much lighter and therefore cost less to install, but this can come at a price. If you live in a very mild area of Australia, with very few big weather events, then asphalt shingles are just as safe as tile and a lot more practical. They can also be customised much like tiles, and they will last pretty well too, with a little bit more maintenance needed every five to ten years.
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