Whether you’re bA ROOFING BUYER’S GUIDE – THE OPTIONS AVAILABLEuilding a new house or you need to update your current roof, when it comes to putting the plans together, it’s important to remember that the roof is our first line of defence (other than the walls) from nature’s elements and also helps to buffer noise, so the plans need careful consideration and plenty of research.

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Although roofing is foremost a practical home feature and we couldn’t live without it, from a design point of view the roof is the single largest surface area of a house and therefore has quite a bit of room for creative freedom. With lots of plans to consider including; budget, functionality and style considerations, we’ve put together this guidebook to take you through the options available, which hopefully will show you that there’s more than you thought.

The guide outlines the roofing shapes you can get, the types of tiles and slates which will be persuaded by design choice and budget, eco-friendly roofing options, window installation options and insulation varieties. There’s even a glossary at the end of the guide which outlines some of the key terms used in the roofing industry!

When it comes to building a house from scratch or adding an extension, there are a couple of options you can go for in regards to the roof design. There will however be certain factors that affect your final decision, this might be your budget, where you live and the type of weather you get all year round, as well as whether you live in a neighbourhood or not, as your roof shape might be influenced by your neighbouring roof shapes.

Different roofing shapes have different pros and cons. For example, a ‘Hip Roof’ might be more stable than other roof types however more expensive to build. A ‘Gambrel Roof’ will help to provide additional living space in the loft, however this type of roof shape isn’t recommended for heavy wind areas. So it’s important to weigh up all the pros and cons of each roofing types. Check out some of the below links for further reading and information on the different roofing shapes and styles available to you.

Updating your existing roof enables you to add value to your home and communicate your personal tastes and creativity. While the roof framing, structure and proper installation is the most important, the materials for your roof can really upgrade the exterior of your house and add an additional layer of protection.

From asphalt shingles and clay tiles to natural slate and stone roof tiles, your chosen roofing material is a crucial consideration that contributes to the overall look and style of your home. Budget, overall style and weather conditions all come into play for your roofing plans. There’s also colour consideration, as well as eco-friendly options which are outlines in the chapter after this one. Take a look at the below links for some guides on choosing roofing materials.

If you’re looking to invest in making your home more eco-friendly to help both the environment and your wallet, then you might not be aware of all the options available to you. Going eco-friendly isn’t as drastic as you might think either (especially if you’re looking at replacing/updating your roofing anyway).

You can avoid heat loss from your home by insulating your roof/loft (which is outlined in the chapter below), as well  as looking at installing solar panels on your roof, solar tiles and even EcoLogic roof tiles. EcoLogic tiles feature a unique coating that removes nitrogen oxides and pollutants from the atmosphere. In addition to the eco-friendly coating, the EcoLogic tiles also include higher levels of recycled content.

There’s also the option of recycled shingles, wood shingles and even metal roofing! Metal roofing is great as many of the products include recycled materials and then they can also be recycled when they have filled their purpose. Plus, they can also last up to 50 years.

Take a look and see what other options there are for eco-friendly roofing…

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