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Before you begin your project on your roof, consult with a professional roofer and tiler. Your roof is one of the largest and most striking aspects of your home so it’s worth taking the time to consider your needs carefully before making any decisions. Using appropriately qualified professionals will make sure your roof is safe, looks great and will stand the test of time, depending on the material you choose.

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Different types of roofing:

  1. Gable roof.

Parts of the world with cold or temperate climates, a gable roof is the standard, most frequently occurring roof type. It consists of two sloping roof sections in opposite directions and positioned in such a way that the highest, horizontal edges meet the form of the roof ridge.

  1. Hip roof. 

A hip roof is a roof type in which all sides slope down to the walls, usually with a relatively gentle slope. A hipped roof building, has no gables or any other vertical sides to the roof.

On houses, hip roofs may have two triangular sides and two trapezoidal sides. There are four faces to a hip roof on the rectangular plan. They are nearly all the same pitch or slope, making them about symmetrical along the centre. 

  1. Dutch roof.

A dutch roof is a roof over a hip roof with a wide gable. It is used to describe a parapet gable. A dutch roof incorporates the advantages of both the gable and the hip roof, providing more architectural appeal. A downside to a hip framed roof isd its reduced attic area, relative to a plain gable roof, with a given roof pitch. 

  1. Mansard roof. 

A mansard roof sometimes called a wrench roof is distinguished at a steeper angle than the upper one by two slopes on both of its sides with the lower face, including dormer windows. The high window roof provides an extra living room floor which lowers the average height of the building over a variety of habitable floors. The upper roof slope can not be seen from the street when seen from close proximity.

  1. Flat roof.

A flat roof is a roof that is nearly straight as compared to the other sloped roof styles. A roof’s angle is approximately not more than 10 degrees in its pitch. For arid and dry climates, flat roofs are often used to maximise space for a living space or living roof. Flat roofs are generally used worldwide on commercial buildings.

  1. Shed roof. 

Shed roofs are also called mono-pitched roofs, as they are a single-sloped roof surface. This is in contrast with gabled roofs which are pitched in two different directions. These roofs are commonly found upon storage unit buildings

  1. Butterfly roof. 

A butterfly rood is a roof structure distinguished by an inversion of a normal roof shape, with two roof surfaces sloping in opposite directions to form a valley in the roof core. It is so called because its form represents the wings of a butterfly.

The design has no gutter, and rainwater will spill off the roof in no more than two points at each end of the slope. The roof also provides for a higher perimeter walls, with windows that enable light penetration without impacting privacy.  

  1. Gambrel roof.

A gambrel roof is a two sided roof usually symmetrical with two sloped on each side. The upper slope is at a shallow angle while the lower slope is vertical. The architecture offers the advantages of a sloped roof thus optimising headroom within the upper level of the building and shortening what would normally be a tall roof.

Gambrel roofs are similar to mansard roofs, however, gambrel roofs overhang the facade, whereas, mansard roofs do not.

  1. Dormer roof.

A dormer is a roofed structure which often contains a window projecting vertically beyond a pitched roof line. A dormer window usually accommodates this roof. Formers are typically used to maximize the available room in a loft and in a roof plane to build window openings.

This specific style is found in buildings and is a popular feature among several churches and cathedrals. 

  1. M shaped roof.

They are also called multi-gabled or ridged roofs. M shaped roofs can be considered as a double gable. This constitutes two sloped sides that meet in the middle which are correspondingly sloped on either side. 

This style of roofing is commonly found in malls and airplane hangers.

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 Types of roofing materials 

  1. Solar tiles. 

Solar roof tiles integrate with home batteries, allowing you to use solar energy whenever you choose and providing uninterrupted electricity during grid outages. 

  1. Asphalt shingles.

Asphalt shingles are tough to beat. Simple construction ensures rooms of the most common scale can be done in a weekend. In most backyard sheds the basic tools are the ones that are needed. Savings can be large. They have low weight and can be cheaply delivered across Australia.

  1. Metal roofing.

The overwhelming majority of metal roofs built this are stainless steel roofs. This is due primarily to the quality, reliability, toughness and strength of steel, both which make it highly flexible roofing material.

  1. Stone coated steel. 

Unlike bare metal, this type of steel roofing may provide the look of conventional shingles while providing the metal’s toughness and power. It prevents rust and the dense stone coating adhere permanently to the surface and provides decorative appearance. 

  1. Slate.

Slate is durable and hard wearing material that provides waterproofing characteristics to a pitched roof, unlike other roof materials which absorb water. 

  1. Rubber slate.

Rubber shingles last twice as long as traditional shingles. They are more expensive but are better in the long term. They can be installed in hot weather and in cold weather without much change to it. 

  1. Clay and concrete tiles.

Clay tiles cost more than concrete ones. However, these tiles offer many great benefits including durability, longevity, energy efficiency and great appeal.

  1. Green roofs.

A green roof incorporates living plants and vegetation. They are environmentally friendly and can integrate drainage and irrigation systems in them. 

  1. Build up roofing. 

Build-up-roofing or BUR, is the most popular roofing material on low-sloped roofs. They consist of alternating layers of fabric and asphast finished with a top layer of stone or gravel. 

  1. Colorbond. 

Colorbond is a coated steel roofing material that has gained popularity rapidly in recent years within Australia. It is robust, immune to different weather conditions and makes every home look pleasing to the eye. 

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