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    How to decide which is the best roof type for your property

    The variety of roof types that you can choose from can feel dauntingly broad. It’s not exactly helpful that they can often be described with the kind of jargon capable of easily bewildering people who are not thoroughly experienced with roofing.

    However, in clarifying different roof types and reasons to consider them for your own property, we will aim to keep confusing jargon to a minimum… or, at least, explain it as necessary.

    Rubber roof

    We often recommend rubber roofing to our customers, as it can fare especially well over the long term. In fact, the life expectancy of a rubber roof exceeds 25 years, remarks Tradesman’s Blog. In the time that you have rubber roofing, you can also anticipate rarely needing to go out of your way to ensure its effective maintenance.

    You might sometimes get the impression that EPDM roofing is a form of rubber roofing; however, this could be deemed a misconception. EPDM – this acronym stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer – comprises only cured synthetic rubber.

    Whether or not you perceive EPDM as a form of rubber, you could still consider it for its eco-friendliness and resistance to weather and UV rays. We recommend it for flat roofs, garage roofs and property extensions.

    GRP roof

    Here is another acronym – this one stands for Glass Reinforced Plastic. This type of roofing, too, can last a while – potentially over 40 years should it be properly looked after. GRP roofs are also resistant to corrosion and, thus, unlikely to leak. Frost damage is also unlikely.

    GRP has actually been used for hulls of boats which need to contend with years of volatile sea conditions; this can give you an idea of just how tough this material is. GRP roofs could also be walked on due to the durability; hence, a GRP roof could be built to enable access to windows and gutters that are at first-floor level.

    However, one notable drawback of GRP roofing is that dry conditions are necessary for its installation. For this reason, you might struggle to find an appropriate time for it to be installed on your property during autumn or winter.

    Slate roof

    This is undoubtedly a traditional form of roofing; its use on homes can be traced back centuries! Slate tiles comprise entirely natural stone, HomeAdviceGuide points out – and it looks like the Flintstones were onto something with their choice of roofing, as slate tiles are extremely durable.

    You are unlikely to need to set aside a lot of time in which to maintain slate roofing. This shouldn’t surprise you when you consider that slate resists insects, corrosion and water; slate is also capable of withstanding inconvenient changes in the temperature.

    If you remain unsure which roof types – there are many others besides those mentioned above – you should most consider, then please don’t hesitate to call us on 0191 417 3422. We can assess your needs and then have your choice put in place by a roofer in the North East.

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