Whether building your dream home from scratch, living with a leaking roof, or else having bought an older, more affordable property in an up-and-coming location, there are many reasons why you may be considering rebuilding not only the roofing system but also other key elements of your property.

One element you absolutely cannot afford to compromise on is that of a sturdy, sound and properly erected roof, and here to help aid your decision as to the best type of roofing to choose are the three main different options.

1. Flat Roofing

Flat roofs are, unlike the name suggests, not entirely flat and are instead usually built to between a seven and ten-degree angle. Even if you lived in a country where the sight of rain was an extreme rarity, a roof still needs a drainage system for the excess water to go.

A new build flat roofing system is becoming more and more popular with housing contractors and site developers across the country, and it is not hard to see why.

Flat roofing systems are, far and wide, the most popular choice for new builds for both commercial and private residential properties and boast the following benefits:

  • A cost-efficient roofing solution
  • Prevents heat loss to produce an energy-efficient (and cheaper) result
  • Exceedingly durable against snow, wind and rain
  • Unparalleled versatility in terms of additional installations such as solar panels

2. Asphalt Shingles

The second most widely-used roofing material is asphalt shingles, and when it comes to residential properties, this is usually the material that both housing contractors and homeowners choose.

As long as a roof comprising of asphalt shingles is professional and meticulously constructed, you can expect such a roof to last anything from fifty to sixty years or more. One of the overarching advantages of going ahead with asphalt shingles is that, due to their lightweight and flexible nature, no extra pressure, strain or weight is placed on the roof.

In addition, asphalt shingles are available in a wide range of colours, tones and even patterns, are surprisingly affordable, entirely waterproof, and it is fairly simple to replace individual faulty shingles.

3. Green Roofing

The more common type of roofing is one that has only been around and available to the residential owner for the past few years and is called green roofing.

Basically, green roofing (having been the first choice for Scandinavian owners for many years before the UK) is made entirely from real plants and is perfect for the eco-friendly-minded homeowner who wants a sustainable roof that is kind to the environment.

There are significant benefits to choosing the innovative green roofing option, including the more obvious fact that the drainage system of the roof will be second to none, improvements to the air quality around your home, and the visual attractiveness of the finished product.

Conversely, however, it is also worth bearing in mind that the green roofing option is more than a little expensive to have professionally installed.


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