Roofing: Different Materials, Different Costs

When the wind whistles through the roof and makes leaks noticeable, it’s time for a new roof covering. Take the opportunity to check the roof insulation right away! Up to 20 percent of heating energy escapes over a poorly insulated roof.

The Roofing, an Essential Part of Your Home

The shape of the roof as well as the selected roof covering and its color characterize the character of a house. But new roofing is not just a question of your taste. It has to be robust and durable, and defy heat, cold, storm and rain. Depending on the style, roof shape, roof pitch, and region, different materials are used—with different properties, costs and variable costs for the roofer. Here are the most common roofing materials at a glance:

Roof Stones

Roof stones are made of concrete and are usually hardly distinguishable from a roof tile for non-specialists. They are considered robust and extremely unbreakable, are denser than roof tiles, but cheaper per square meter.

In contrast to roof tiles, the color selection is more significant for a concrete block. The color palette ranges from classic red to copper, light gray, dark red, dark blue to deep black. The weight of the roof tiles has another advantage: They are less sensitive to strong wind, and today individual storm clips help to protect the roof against storm damage.

Modern Look with a Roof Covering Made of Fiber Cement Panels

They consist of concrete and a fiber mixture, which ensures the appropriate strength and dimensional stability. Until the early 90s, carcinogenic fibers from asbestos were added. Unfortunately, modern fiber cement panels still have something under this material. Newly laid with linear shapes, fiber cement panels shape a very modern style on the roof. In addition to smooth surfaces, structured surfaces are also available, which can be a low-cost alternative to slate. They are nailed to a wooden substructure.

Zinc, Copper, and Aluminum Set the Tone when it comes to Roofing

These metals can be used to cover any roof shape. Metal roofing is durable and virtually maintenance free. Over the years they form a protective patina, which is responsible for the typical color scheme. Metal offers a vast variation of design options, and consideration the type of installation and fold design, roof surfaces are created with a very individual look. The prefabricated component can be mounted very economically. Metal is often combined with other materials and then sets as a covering of dormers, bay windows or roof edges strong contrasts on the roof.