A new roof is a big investment – be sure to work with a roofing contractor who can help you choose the best roof for you. Chat to us – we can help find you the best suppliers for the job.
Questions to ask when choosing a roof:
How durable is it i.e. how long will it last?
Is it the right weight for the existing roof framing?
Does the roof have enough slope and what gutters will it have?
How will it hold up against heavy weather?
Will the look complement the style of the house?
Are the materials eco-friendly and do they need to be?
Does the type of roofing meet local building regulations?
Has ventilation and insulation been taken into account?
And finally, how much does it cost?
When it comes to the type of roof, here are three SA-friendly options:
Metal: Lightweight with a long life expectancy, metal roofs are winners. The installation is a little more complicated but well worth the effort as this type of roof is durable, energy-efficient, fire resistant, and requires very little maintenance.
Slate: With natural colouring, slate tiles can be matched to any architectural style. They have longevity on their side and don’t require much maintenance. However, they often need extra support and can be easily damaged if walked on once installed.
Tiles: Super-stylish and a bit more pricey, tiles create a great look. They are durable, weather resistant, and sustainable. A note of caution – clay or concrete tile can be quite heavy and can break during installation.
What about tresses? Wood or steel are the modern day choice. Can’t decide? Read this.
And there’s more…
Earlier this year, we worked on the living quarters at the Elephant Kraal Private Game reserve. See pics here. What made this project stand out was that the client used a revolutionary product – extruded PVC sheets – over the roofing sheets to produce a thatch look. From solar panels to green roofs to up top decks and gardens, there are so many ways you can create a unique look for your roof!