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Getting the right roof above your head

Selecting the right roof for your home is a balancing act. Durability and cost often are at the top of most people's lists, but it's important that the colour, finish and style work for your house as well.

Tiled roofing

Roof tiles are a very common sight on Australian homes for their versatility, durability and cost effectiveness. They generally come in concrete or terracotta, both sturdy options.

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Metal roofing

Metal roofing is a great solution because it's low maintenance, lightweight, and durable.

Installation is relatively simple and it can withstand harsh weather conditions.

Metal roofing is normally comprised of roof sheeting, or corrugated steel. These materials are easy to maintain. Unlike tiles, they require a much greater force to become detached, and are able to withstand high winds and heat.

They can be further protected with various roof coatings.

Flat or sloped?

Sloped roofing gives options for storage space, and creates interesting angles.

Flat roofing is generally more affordable, is able to accommodate light foot traffic and as strong entertaining space potential.

Flat roofs are typically made of asphalt, which is prone to break down over time, but this can be prevented with a protective roof coating.

Other considerations

As a homeowner you'll probably want to consider the general roofing styles of your neighbourhood, the age of the home, as well as your own personal taste.

Choosing a roof that doesn't suit the landscape around it may affect the saleability of the house in the future.

Other factors need to be taken into account early on, such as will it need to bear the weight of objects like satellite dishes and air conditioners?

The surest way to getting the best roof installed on your home is to hire a professional roofing company. Compare quotes today.

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