If you are planning a new build, your thoughts will quickly turn to the roof, which is the most important component of the structure. You will naturally want to choose roofing materials that will stand the test of time. You could ask a local roofing contractor for his professional opinion on the best materials for longevity and durability. With that in mind, here is our list of the best roofing materials when taking durability into account.
This natural material is at the top of the list and with a slate roof, you can expect the roof to last up to 100 years. Search with Google for a specialist Sydney roofing company or one in your local area that has extensive slate experience. Ask them to visit you at home and provide you with a quote. Slate is very attractive and is more than a match for areas with harsh climate. If installed professionally, there’s every reason to believe the roof will remain in good order for many years.
A metal roof would obviously be very durable and long-lasting. You could expect it to be serviceable for 30-50 years, with the right protection, of course. There are steel and aluminium roofing sections. With state-of-the-art thermal insulation, your interior will remain cool in the summer, while helping to retain the heat in the winter. There is hardly any maintenance with a metal roof, which is another bonus. The roof also comes in many attractive colours to add character to the property. If you live in a stormy region on the coast, a metal roof might be the best solution, as the sections are welded to the metal roof trusses.
Plastic Polymer Roof Tiles
This is a relatively new product that looks like regular shingles, yet they require zero maintenance. You can expect your roof to last 30-50 years. They will also withstand the biggest hailstones, which is great news. The tiles have great thermal insulation, and the colour will not fade over time, while these tiles reflect heat rather than absorb it. Not all roofing contractors work with polymer roof tiles, so you might have to search a while to find a roofer who uses plastic polymer tiles.
Asphalt Roof Shingles
Typically, these shingles will last for 15-30 years, and this is probably going to be the cheapest option. One must be very careful about hail. Only use shingles that have a high hail rating as cheaper shingles might not be able to withstand a hailstorm. Any shingles with no hail rating should be avoided (there are no laws in place to make manufacturers rate for hail) and you don’t want your roof destroyed by hail.
While every roof looks wonderful after it has been installed, time is the big test. When talking to local roofing contractors, make it clear that you are looking for a roof that will last for many years. They will brief you on all of the materials options and you can make an informed decision.