Whether you are replacing your roof or planning to build a new home, deciding what type of roofing to get for your house is never an easy task.
With plenty of hours spent asking your contractor and other people for opinions, researching on a computer the type of roof that will meet your residential roofing needs, it can become a long process.
Often you will be asking questions like how much will it cost? What will be the maintenance obligation & cost? What will the durability be?
From natural materials like wood to man-made one like asphalt, there are many materials to choose from when it comes to roof replacement or installations. Each has their own advantages and distinctive design elements to cate for different styles and needs.
To make your decision easier, we have put together up a list of the 4 common roofing options in South Africa.
This is the most popular residential roofing material. They are affordable. With a wide variety of asphalt shingles makes them appealing to homeowners on a budget who want versatility in their roofing material.
Asphalt Shingles they are not durable as other roofing materials, they have a good fire and wind resistance.
They can be easily repaired or replaced when damaged.
While Asphalt shingles remain the most popular choice, metal roofing system is rapidly gaining more recognition in South Africa.
The metal roof is lightweight and best of all it will have a long life expectancy as your house.
Metal roofing installation is not easy and can be done by a professional, thus raising the cost of installation. If there is a roof there won’t be a need to dismantle and dispose of the old roof as metal can be reused again.
With metal roof cost saving is guaranteed as very little maintenance is required. Its is Metal is a noncombustible material, and its fire resistant properties make a metal roof one of the safest options for your house.
Partly made with recycled material, a metal roof is also environmentally-friendly.
They may have a higher upfront cost than asphalt, but metal roofs last longer and offer better wind and fire resistance. i.e, able to reflect heat and block its transfer, increasing energy efficiency and saving up to almost 20% on electricity bills.
Metal roofing also come in different types, such as steel, copper or aluminium.
One of the advantages of a flat roof is that they easy to maintain. This is because their structure allows roofers to access them more easily.
Experience contractors can finish the inspection and any necessary repairs in no time, reducing your labor costs.
Additionally, their appearance of a flat roof complements the look of modern home very nicely.
Another advantage of a flat roof is that you can make use of the space once the roof is done. Get your air conditioning units up off the ground and put them on the roof. Install solar panels on the roof that are less obvious from the curb. Plant a rooftop Garden or design a living roof. The possibilities on the usage of a flat roof are endless.
Flat roofs are generally more accessible than sloped roofs. So cleaning your gutters, making repairs, and installing things like satellite dishes or solar panels become easier and less expensive to do as well.
This form of roofing is worth considering if you want to achieve a stylish home. This roof type is very resistant and sustainable. Clay and concrete tiles are at the top of the list in terms of durability.
However clay, concrete or sand-castle tiles are all quite heavy and easily breakable during installation, which makes it quite a difficult process.
They are incredibly resistant to fire, strong winds and hail damage. With warranties covering them for long periods, clay or concrete tiles excellent long-term investments.
Need to be installed by a skilled professional and the installation usually requires extra structural reinforcement to support the weight.
Tiles are the most expensive option but last the longest. Homeowners need to consider the cost of maintaining the underlayment, which is necessary to avoid leaks and cracks.
Slate roof type is good when it comes to showcasing a natural beauty. Ideal match for every architectural style and comes in a variety of natural colours.
Its incomparable longevity makes slate a good solution for both those who do not plan to ever sell their home and for those who need short-term real estate investment to increase the value of their home.
Despite its longevity and low maintenance requirements, a slate roof often requires an additional cost of cleaning and painting of your gutters regularly.
The heaviness of the slate material often requires extra support and the fragility of the roof often means professionals need to take caution when walking on the roof.
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