Your House, Your Style: Common Roof Types and Materials

Ok, so you’re looking to seriously kit your roof out, right? Your house is already looking incredible, but your roof still needs that little extra something to really bring the whole picture together. Maybe you’re considering rebuilding the roof of your house; perhaps all it needs is some new materials up top.

But now you might be wondering: What options are out there, so you can get the roof of your dreams? What style is right for you, and what roofing materials should you be looking for? Well, wonder no more – we’ve put together this handy guide to roof styles and materials, so you can make an informed choice.

The Styles

If you’ve ever doodled a basic picture of a house, chances are you gave it a gabled roof – whether you knew it or not. Gabled roofs form a triangle over the box of the house, although you might have also seen double gabled roofs on larger properties, which have – you guessed it – two triangular sections.

No surprises for guessing what a flat roof is. A neat, utilitarian roof that’s suitable for cost-effective homes – not just in terms of materials used, but also for maintenance. They’re also ideal for house extensions and office blocks that don’t require a loft.

The hipped roof is generally seen on older houses; a lot of thatched cottages have hipped roofs. This is where the roof takes the form of a pyramid, sloping on all sides up to a single point.

The mansard style is a lot like a combination of two types of roofs: it has the pyramidal pitch of the hipped roof, with a flat roof finish.

You’ll often see mono-pitched roofs on house extensions like lean-tos. Essentially, these are a lot lot gabled roofs – except there’s only one side to them, hence their name.

Gambrel or double-pitched roofs have four main sides; they’re sort of like a gabled roof, but with an extra slope on each side, offering more roof space. When you see farmyard barns in cartoons, they’re generally in the gambrel style.

The Materials

There are tons of different types of slate, from Chinese slates to Welsh slates. These beasts are seriously hard-wearing, lasting decades; not only that, but reclaiming old slates and reusing them is also possible, making them the environmentally friendly choice.

Clay and Concrete Tiles
If you’re going for aesthetics over use, tiles are an excellent choice. They come in tons of shades, with red being the most common. Not only that, they last a long time up top – so long as there’s no high winds, which can shatter this brittle material.

If you have a standard house, chances are, you’ll have one of the above options. But newer houses, particularly those with flat roofs, have recently been embracing metal roofs – the likes of which are usually more at home on factories. Sure, it can offer a groovy look, but it suffers poor insulation. Just what you don’t need on a chilly December eve!

Man-made Tiles
To get the look of tiles, for less cost, you’ll probably start looking at investing in man-made tiles. These synthetic replacements are great – to start with. Over time, though, they lose their shine thanks to the sun, are prone to breaking, making them higher maintenance in the long run.

So now you should have a pretty fair steer on what sort of roof you have, or the one you want, not to mention the most common roofing options. And if slate’s your chosen material, then we’re definitely on hand to help, as premium suppliers of quality roofing slates. Want to know more? Then all you need to do is get in contact with us on 01829 262 600 and our experienced and professional team will be delighted to assist with your enquiries.

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