Tiling a roof is no small task, but with the right care and attention – and the right roofing material – you can make sure that your property’s roof is safe, secure and hardwearing for many years to come.
In this blog post, we look at some of the most common considerations when choosing a roofing material.
Know your roof
The size, shape and pitch (angle or slope) or your roof will all impact what sort of roof tiles are suitable for it. For example, most good roofing tiles will be specified as being suitable for a specific range of roof pitches.
It is important to make sure this is taken into account, because installing the wrong type of roof tile for your roof’s pitch could cause problems later on and even void their warranty. If you’re unsure of the pitch of your roof or need more advice, it’s a good idea to speak to your supplier, or an experienced roofer or architect.
Budget for the long term
Some types of roof tile material – such as natural stone – are more expensive, but will generally provide many, many years of reliability and performance while some materials will need to be replaced more frequently.
When considering your budget, consider the potential cost of replacing less reliable roof tiles in 10 or 15 years. It’s also worth bearing in mind that labour costs will likely be the same regardless of the type of roof tile fitted, so if you have the budget, it’s better to opt for a more reliable roof tile material from the offset.
Understand the limitations
Your choice of roof tiles may be restricted, particularly if you are retiling the roof of a listed building that has to maintain its authenticity. Some architects may also have exacting specifications in terms of the types of roof tiles required. Before making a final choice, make sure you triple check that there are no external factors that may restrict this.
Get the right look and feel
Nobody wants their home to stand out for the wrong reason, so it’s a good idea to look into the types, styles and aesthetics of roofs that already exist in your area. Some regions in areas like Yorkshire have a very distinctive look and feel in terms of their roofing, favouring locally sourced natural stone over other materials.
If it’s not possible to source exactly the right style and shade of natural stone roof tile, for example, a specialist supplier may be able to create a bespoke shade for you. Again, if you have the budget, it is worth spending slightly more to make sure you have a roof that looks exactly right.
Choose the right roofer
Choosing the right roofer is one of the most important aspects of any roofing project, and this should never be overlooked. As with any contractor, make sure that you shop around, compare quotes, look at reviews and get personal recommendations. It is also a good idea to make sure that any quotes for work are provided in writing, agree payment terms in advance, and if possible, get confirmation that their work is guaranteed to cover any problems later on.
Truestone’s range of natural stone roofing is an excellent choice for virtually any roof. It is reliable, affordable, and we’re always on hand to provide advice and guidance. Contact us today for more information and a quote.