Pitched Roofing

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The pitched roof is a very common roof design. Most houses have pitched roofs, and many commercial buildings have them too. There are lots of different sorts of roofing material; these vary in lifespan, durability, price and style.

Product Overview

Pitched Roof Materials

Concrete Tiles
Clay Tiles
Slate
Shingles
Concrete Tiles

Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles are a very versatile roofing material. They come in lots of different designs and colours. They are made from natural materials, and are typically durable and long lasting.

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Price

Approx. 40p - £2.90 per tile

Installation time

1-3 days for domestic properties


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Low maintenance
  • Come in lots of different colours and styles, and can be made to resemble clay and slate
  • Long lasting – they have a lifespan of over 50 years
  • Fire resistant
  • Environmentally friendly- they are made from natural materials
  • Heavy – you’ll need a reinforced roof frame to support them
  • Easily broken
  • Can weather more quickly than other materials
  • Low wind resistance
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Clay Tiles

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are a popular roofing material. They have strong aesthetic appeal; they come in lots of different shapes and shades, and can be used to create impressive patterns. They are strong and long lasting, and good quality examples are available second hand.

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Price

Approx. 50p - £2 per tile

Installation time

1-3 days for domestic properties


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Environmentally friendly – they are made from natural materials
  • Durable – they can last for over 50 years
  • Low maintenance
  • Weather and fire resistant
  • Lots of different shades and shapes available
  • Heavy – clay tiles will need a reinforced roof frame to support them
  • Brittle and can break easily
  • Low wind resistance
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Slate

Slate

Slate is another popular roofing material. It’s often used because of its significantly long lifespan, and its ability to withstand dramatic temperature changes. It’s a traditional roofing material, and comes in a variety of colours as well as the usual grey.

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Price

From £1.25 - £5.40 per tile

Installation time

1-3 days for domestic properties


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Long lasting – it has a lifespan of over 75 years
  • Fire and weather resistant
  • Environmentally friendly as a natural material
  • Good wind resistance
  • Attractive appearance
  • Heavy – slate needs a reinforced roof frame to support it
  • Expensive compared to other roofing materials
  • Needs significant overlapping to guarantee waterproofing
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Shingles

Shingles

Shingles are usually made of cedar, or another rot resistant wood like redwood. When first applied to roofs it’s a golden-brown colour, and weathers to a slivery-grey unless treated. Although it needs more maintenance than other roofing materials, it’s popular due to its attractive, natural look.

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Price

From £15 per sq m

Installation time

1-3 days for domestic properties


Advantages and disadvantages
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Good wind resistance
  • Environmentally friendly – made from renewable materials
  • Attractive appearance
  • Shingles have a relatively short lifespan – around 15-25 years
  • Poor fire resistance – needs to be treated with a retardant
  • Needs periodic maintenance
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