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Tips for Choosing Roofing Materials

Posted on April 19, 2017
By Aussie Gutter Protection
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    Your roof is one of the most important features of your home. It protects you from the elements, keeps the warmth in, while giving your home character. That’s why it’s critical to do your research on what roofing material would work best for your home.

    Most people think about what looks aesthetically good for the house, which is important but not the only factor to consider. Also think about energy efficiency, underlayment and council requirements. For instance, some historic streets require residents to adhere to specific building requirements or heavy tiles may require a specific underlayment and reinforcement. Once you’ve decided on the type of roof, it’s also important to think about ways to maintain your roof so that you get the most out of it.

    There are many roof options to choose from, although metal and tiles seem to be the two main options available. Within these categories are many different types of material to choose from. Below we’ve highlighted four popular options for you to look into further.

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    • Durable in harsh conditions
    • Fire retardant
    • Environmentally friendly – uses recycled material
    • Lightweight
    • Prone to rusting
    • Harder to fix or modify than tiles
    • Noise – rain and hail is louder on metal than tiles
    • Some painted metal roofs can peel, chip and fade
    • Corrugated
    • Galvanised Steel
    • 30-50 years lifespan
    • Quick to install
    • More prone to rusting than copper
    • Copper
    • 60-80 year lifespan
    • More expensive and longer to install than steel but more durable
    • Durable in harsh conditions
    • Fire retardant
    • More aesthetic choices
    • Keeps colour
    • Tiles are heavier than other roof materials – may require reinforced roof framing
    • Underlayment often wears out sooner
    • Foot traffic can break tiles
    • More effort to install
    • Terracotta
    • Concrete
    • At least 50 year life span
    • Low maintenance – easy to replace one tile
    • Expensive

    A roof can last for multiple decades, some European roofs have lasted for centuries – however it all depends on how you take care of it. Also, looking after your gutters is critical. This is because gutters can become full with debris that can lead to flooding and damage to facades and roofs. Or in drier climates, the dry leaves can become fuel for bush fires or havens for nesting birds. A gutter protection solution is essential.

    A smart step towards protecting your roof and the rest of your home is to install gutter guards. Aussie Gutter Protection provides customised gutter guard solutions to keep your home protected.

    The gutter guards range at Aussie Gutter Protection ranges from aluminium, polyethylene to stainless steel, with warranty ranging from 10 to 15 years. With an array of colours to choose from, you’re more than likely to find something that fits perfectly with your new roof. In addition, we provide guaranteed pest and bird proofing solutions. Contact our team of gutter guard installers today and we’ll tailor a solution for your roof.

    Speak to us about getting gutter guards installed for your home.

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