5 Types of Roofing For Your Home

When it comes to having a new roof installed, it can be difficult to know what type to go for. After all, there are so many different types of roofing options available and understanding what’s best for your property can be a bit overwhelming.

Luckily, the team here at Town & County Roofing are experts in every kind of roof, and provide top of the range roofing services to properties in Beaconsfield, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and further afield.

We take a tailored approach to every customer we work with, ensuring everyone is left with a quality roof that meets their needs.

To help you better understand the variety of different types of roofing out there, our team has put together this article outlining the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision.

Rubber roofing

The durability of rubber roofing offers exceptional longevity. A great option for flat roofs, when you have rubber roofing installed you won’t need to worry about the integrity of your property. This is because rubber roofs are waterproof – meaning even the great British weather’s latest downpour won’t be an issue.

Pros of rubber roofing:

  • Longevity
  • Waterproof
  • Requires little maintenance
  • Fire resistant

Cons of rubber roofing:

  • Only comes in black so will need painting if you want another colour
  • Difficult to install so it can be hard to find a roofing supplier who does the job, thankfully the team at Stay Dry High Wycombe Ltd has years of experience of installing rubber roofing

Green roofing

Generally, roofs aren’t the most visually appealing parts of a property. The dark, grey tones of the slate aren’t much to look at but green roofing changes that. This involves covering the roof with plants and vegetation to enhance its aesthetic appeal while offering a number of environmental advantages, too.

Pros of green roofing

  • A better drainage system as the plants absorb rainwater
  • Enhances insulation
  • More environmentally friendly thanks to the release of carbon dioxide from the roof

Cons of green roofing

  • More expensive than traditional roofing options
  • An increased weight that may need reinforcing
  • Extra maintenance required to keep the plants thriving

Felt flat roofing

One of the most economical options is felt flat roofing. Commonplace on roofs during the 1990s, this type of roof has come a long way over the years. It is still immensely popular and involves placing layers of a felt-like material on the roof that offers fantastic protection against the elements.

Pros of felt flat roofing

  • Extremely cheap to install, repair and maintain
  • Incredibly versatile and suitable for every type of property
  • Lightweight

Cons of felt flat roofing

  • Will require more frequent maintenance than most roofing types
  • Can be easily damaged in extreme weather conditions
  • If damaged, can look shabby and untidy

Pitched roofing

Perhaps the most common type of roofing in the UK, pitched roofing provides a whole host of advantages to properties. Unlike flat roofs, pitched roofing slopes downwards in two directions from a central point at the top of the roof.

Pros of pitched roofing

  • More longevity than other roofing options
  • Provides additional living or storage space
  • Enhances insulation

Cons of pitched roofing

  • Extreme weather can cause problems like cracked or damaged tiles
  • More expensive than flat roofs
  • Not feasible for all building types

Lead sheet roofing

If you’re looking for a strong, durable roofing option, then lead sheet roofing is the way to go. Providing a solid barrier between your home and the outside world, lead is regarded as one of the most protective roofing materials around.

Pros of lead sheet roofing

  • Extremely durable offering enhanced protection to your home
  • Fire resistant
  • Versatile and easily mouldable for all types of roof

Cons of lead sheet roofing

  • More expensive than other materials
  • A heavy material that can place stress on guttering
  • Lead is toxic and can pollute water that trickles off your roof into natural habitats

Whatever type of roof you go for, it’s important to have a professional roofing company by your side. At Town & County Roofing, our range of roofing services are able to enhance every property, and as well as providing a fantastic roofing installation offering, we’re able to respond to all kinds of roofing emergencies, too. For more information on how we can help you, get in touch with our friendly team today.