Popular Roofing Materials You Can Use on Your New Build

Popular Roofing Materials You Can Use on Your New Build

03rd September 2019

When it comes to building your new commercial or housing property, the material of your roof is as important as the property itself. So many factors have to be factored in; the unit cost, durability, design, slope of the roof, and insulation, among other factors. There are a variety of roofing materials available, but some are better suited for your property than others. Below is a list of some of the most common roofing materials with a detailed explanation of why they can be your best option. Please read on.

1. Roof Tiles

If you’re after relatively cheap roofing materials, roof tiles can be your best option. Roof tiles are available in concrete or baked clay. You’ll get to choose your preferred option, perhaps based on your budget and personal preference. They are also available in different shapes which you can choose depending on the angle of inclination of your roof and your desirable sight. To access your roof for repairs, replacement, or an important installation, you’ll need to prioritize your safety by using proper fall protection system, like a fall protection post.

2. Slate Roof Tiles

For a very long time now, roof shingles have been one of the most common roofing materials for churches, civic buildings, and luxury houses. From natural slates, which can last for a lifetime but are usually quite expensive, to artificial slates made out of fibre cement - which have competed healthily with roof tiles as far as the price is concerned.

Slates are naturally resistant to rust & moulds and are known for their aesthetic properties and extremely low water absorption. They come in a range of thickness, sizes, styles, and colours. To ensure a watertight roof, the slate roof requires significant overlapping on all sides and a pitch of about 30 degrees. Welsh slates are considered the best but are also the most expensive. 

3. Metal Roofs

Metal roofings are known for their lightweight and amazing heat-reflecting power from the sun - which can help you save energy on cooling bills. They are also resistant to fire and are easy to install, unlike other materials. They are available in a wide range of finishes and looks designed to meet different commercial and housing property needs. Metal roofs are 100% recyclable and have 25-95% recycled content, making them good ecologically-friendly roofing option for your property.

Zinc is a very flexible material, which makes it convenient for application on roofs with unconventional shapes such as spherical or round roofs. Though they have been common only with old buildings, they can also be found in some of the current buildings - they have a unique appearance.

Aluminum, steel, lead, and copper structures are also common metal materials used in roofs. These materials offer a lifespan of around 50 years and are highly resistant to sun, wind, and rain. However, they are relatively expensive than other roofing materials and are at risk of being targeted by thieves.


EPDM is a popular rubber roofing material because of its several advantages; lasts a lifetime, is maintenance-friendly, walkable all year round, and doesn’t easily crack. Purchasing this material could cause a financial dent on your finances, but it’s one of the most qualitative roofing materials as well. They are a perfect choice for a flat roof and have been used as a traditional roofing successor. 

Identifying the best roofing material for your property requires that you get enough information you need about why you want one material and not the other. The information in this piece will help you make informed decisions on the roofing material for your new build. Good luck!