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Before you choose that roof

By Maria Diamond
01 August 2020   |   3:20 am
Ever heard of the saying that, If you run from a leaking roof, you’ll end up with a flood? You may want to give that quote by Mahmoud Abbas a good thought this rainy season


Ever heard of the saying that, If you run from a leaking roof, you’ll end up with a flood? You may want to give that quote by Mahmoud Abbas a good thought this rainy season, considering how a number of people now place basins and buckets in certain corners of their interior space to shield drops of rain from their leaky roofs.

Come rain, wind or sunshine, the roof of your building is your major defense against the forces of nature, hence, the need to go for quality roofing materials that can stand the test of time. So, however beautiful that structure maybe, a qualitative roofing sheet that can withstand any kind of weather is the most important aspect of the construction. After all, without the roof, there is neither shelter nor home.

Again, the importance of quality roofing sheets that can withstand any kind of turbulence, be it heavy rainfall or stormy wind, cannot be underestimated or overestimated as anything short of the standard, would be as good as having your heart in the mouth whenever it pours.

Yes, you may argue that you didn’t build the house you currently live in because you’re just a rent-paying tenant who does not have a say regarding the quality of roofing sheet used in the rented house. But note, a substandard roof will leak on you and destroy your properties.

Although you didn’t build the house you live in, but of course, you were allowed to tour around the exterior and interior of the building before paying your rent right? That house tour was your golden chance to check the most important attribute of a real home, particularly the roof, before paying rent

The question is, do you even know a standard roofing sheet when you see one? Even if you could identify quality-roofing sheets, can you tell if the sheets are properly laid to firmly cover, secure and suit the architectural designs of the building?

The quality of roofing material used for a building speaks volume, as it will determine the resistance, longevity, and aesthetic of your house. The correct choice will help you save time and money on future repairs and avoid excessive damage even in harsh environmental conditions. This is why it is paramount to hire roofing professionals, who will take care of all your roofing needs and work.

Metal Roof

Metal roof is quite popular, especially because of its long lifespan of over 50-years and durability against heavy rain, wind, etc. There are two types of metal roofing: Metal tiles and Metal panels. Metal tiles come in natural designs, while metal panels are quite aesthetic as they reach from the gutter to the ridge. They are usually 20-feet long and 16-inches wide. Metal roofing works well for all kinds of climate but maybe a little expensive. However, considering its high quality, aesthetic, durability and lifespan, the price is definitely worth it. After all, what’s worth doing at all is worth doing well.

Asphalt Shingles Roof
Asphalt shingles, also known as composition shingles, effectively withstand heavy rainfall and other seasonal weather changes. However, it does not have the long lifespan of metal roofing and quite affordable.

Clay Tiles Roof
If you want classy and unique, clay tiles are your best option; it gives a villa kind of aesthetics. The nature of the materials is such that they can be moulded into various shapes, making the house outstanding.

However, because they are heavier, the foundation of the building must have the capacity to carry and sustain the weight. Also, the colours never fade out over time irrespective the climate change, and if properly constructed by professional, clay tiles have a lifespan capacity of 100-years and above. So, yes, it may be quite pricy, but you’ll surely get value for your money in the long run.

Concrete Tiles Roof
Concrete tiles roof tends to be a lighter material as opposed to clay tiles but has similar durability and lifespan. It is also extremely effective in conditions of heavy rainfall and of course quite expensive too.

Slate Roof
Slate roof is also a great choice for rainy climate conditions and can also withstand wind. Slate releases water more effectively and quickly since it is hung from nails and not glued down like other materials. It is completely fireproof and also quite durable. They come in multiple colour options that would not fade out from harsh weather.

Styling Your Building Roof Material
The style of your roof, whether gable, flat, or hipped, may vary as the structure and architecture of the building may be the major determinant of appropriate roofing style. However, it is important to note that each style has its strengths, hence the need to contact your roofing work to professionals, not amateurs.

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