Which Roofing Material is Best for Your Home?

Whether you’re installing a roof on a new-build project or mulling over a roof replacement, you’ll want to make sure it’s 100% right. After all, your roof has a big impact on your home’s appearance – not to mention its condition and safety. With the money you’re putting in, you don’t want to realise you’ve chosen the wrong material once the roof is installed.

So, which material is best for the roof on your home?

Why roofing materials matter

While it may seem trivial to some homeowners, the material used for your roof has a big impact in several ways. Firstly, cost. Not only the cost of the materials and how this affects the price of the roof installation, but also the impact on the value of your home.

A high-quality roof using the best materials can add serious value to your property, as potential buyers know it could last for well over 60 years. In contrast, a cheaper roof might require the new buyers to have work done in around 20-30 years.

On top of that, there’s the style. Each roofing material has its own distinct appearance, with different materials better suited to traditional homes versus modern properties, for instance. Here are three of the options to consider:

1.    Clay tiles

Available in a range of natural reds, oranges and browns, clay tiles have become associated with Mediterranean homes in the likes of Spain and Italy. However, a warm, terracotta roof has also become a common sight across the UK, making it ideal for a classic British appearance.

Looks aside, clay tiles are a good option when it comes to longevity. A well-maintained clay tile roof can last upwards of 60 years.

2.    Concrete tiles

A more cost-effective alternative to clay comes in concrete tiles. Much like clay tiles, they’re made by heating the materials to make them hard and water resistant. Looks wise, they’re similar too, with concrete tiles often chosen to mimic the appearance of clay at a lower price.

However, concrete tiles are slightly less durable and absorb a bit more water over time. You can expect your concrete tiled roof to last around 40-60 years. On top of that, it’s worth considering the extra weight of concrete tiles, which may require some extra structural work on your roof before installation.

3.    Slate

Slate is undoubtedly one of the most attractive roofing materials out there. It’s the top choice for period properties and traditionally styled homes. However, it looks equally good on modern properties, with new, clean slate looking sharp and stylish.

In terms of longevity, you could be looking at over 100 years from a well-kept slate roof. In some cases, slate roofs can even outlast the buildings they sit upon. However, this comes at a cost. Natural slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials, which could play a big part in your decision.

Speak to the experts

If you’re considering a new roof on your home, the team at DPR Roofing can help make the process much simpler. We’re a team of experienced roofers based in Leeds, who can guide you through the installation process from the design of the roof to installation and aftercare. Give us a call on 0113 335 0043 to arrange a no-obligation quote.