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Roofs are one of those parts of a property that don’t get much attention until something goes wrong, generally speaking. It’s understandable especially when inside a property, the roof is out of sight and out of mind. However, if you have had roof problems in the past or you simply need a new roof, you may want to know a little more about the various types of roofing system and materials. Please see below for some informative information to help you make your choice.
Flat Roofing Systems
Flat roofs are the most common form of roofing system in commercial buildings, mostly owing to the fact that they are less costly when it comes to the initial outlay required. However, they may be difficult to maintain, particularly if you live in a location with a lot of rain, snow, or high-temperature fluctuations. It is critical to keep the roof free of leaves, branches and debris so that water does not become trapped and get collected on the roof. If proper maintenance is adhered to, then a flat roofing system should have a lifespan of roughly 15 years before needing to be changed.
Slate And Tile
Slate is a stone that is found in regions where there is a lot of clay or volcanic ash. Because of its desirability, when slate was initially used it was incredibly costly. Only the very rich could afford a slate roof back in those days. However, due to an increased need and improved methods of obtaining the slate, it has become much more affordable. Over time, it has become one of the most used materials for roof replacement in Sydney and surrounding areas.
Natural slate roofs are more expensive to make than asphalt shingles, and they also require professional maintenance to survive for a long period of time. The main drawbacks of slate tile are that it is fairly heavy and not as strong as some of the other types of roofing systems used. This means that when making your choice, it could become a toss-up between cost and durability.
It’s been over 100 years since asphalt shingles were invented in the United States, making it one of the oldest choices of roofing materials. Asphalt is extremely fire resistant, making it an excellent choice for roofing material. It can be covered with stone, such as mica, schist or quartz to create various finishing looks. One disadvantage is that they might be damaged and displaced by heavy winds or hailstones, so they do need to be checked if you live in an area that suffers with some extreme weather.
Metal roofing systems do exactly what they say on the tin – they are low-maintenance, lightweight, and extremely adaptable in terms of style and design. They can be manufactured in any colour and styled in a variety of ways. Metal roofing can be more expensive to install than other options, at first. However, it lasts a long time if looked after properly.
To Be Sure
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When you have an idea of what you want, you should get in touch with a local specialist who can give you a professional point of view and recommend what they deem to be the best material for your property’s roof.