Choosing the Right Roofing for Your Home or Development

We are constantly striving to provide the best quality polycarbonate roof sheeting Cape Town has to offer.

Not only are polycarbonate roof sheets versatile in their application, they are visually appealing and extremely durable.

However, depending on the nature of your project, you may need to select a different type of roofing for your home or development.

Choosing the right roof for your home

In this article, we discuss the various roofing options as well as which one will be best suited for you in terms of aesthetics as well as practicality.

Things to Consider When Replacing a Roof

Our team at Cape Roof Sheeting Cape Town are experts in the field of roofing and have compiled a checklist of important things to consider when you are planning to replace your roof.

This checklist will also apply to anyone who is building a brand-new home or development from scratch.

  • Will the roofing sheets or material visually compliment the overall design and style of the rest of the dwelling?
  • What is the lifespan of the roofing material?
  • What type of weather conditions will the roof be exposed to and will the material be able to withstand the conditions?
  • Taking into consideration the roof framing and structure of the building, will the material be too heavy for the frame?
  • What degree of slope does the roof have?
  • What are the local municipal building codes? What type of roofing is allowed in the area?
  • Are the roofing materials eco-friendly?
  • How much does the material cost?

Types of Roofing

Corrugated Metal Roof Sheeting

  • Slope: Low to steep roofs
  • Weather resistance: Wind and fire resistant
  • Weight: Lightweight
  • Materials: Varying between aluminium, steel, copper and zinc alloy
  • Colour range: Variety of colours available
  • Aesthetics: Appealing, yet not a natural look
  • Installation: Easy
  • Cost: Moderate to expensive, depending on the type of material chosen
  • Lifespan: If installed correctly, approximately 30-50 years

Slate Roofing

  • Slope: Steep slopes only
  • Weather resistance: Wind and fire resistant
  • Weight: Heavy and requires reinforced roof structure for additional support
  • Materials: Natural slate rock
  • Colour range: None
  • Aesthetics: Natural look
  • Installation: Complex
  • Cost: Expensive
  • Lifespan: Quality slate roofing can last 50-100 years

Asphalt Shingles Roofing

  • Slope: Ranging from fairly to steep slopes
  • Weather resistance: Wind and fire resistant
  • Weight: Very lightweight
  • Materials: Asphalt infused fiberglass and coated with granulated minerals
  • Colour range: Wide variety of colours
  • Aesthetics: Natural look
  • Installation: Easy
  • Cost: Inexpensive to moderate
  • Lifespan: Approximately 15-25 years

Concrete Tile Roofing

  • Slope: Moderate to steeper sloped roofs
  • Weather resistance: Fire resistant, fair to low wind resistance
  • Weight: Heavy and requires reinforced roof framing for additional support
  • Materials: Mixture of cement and sand
  • Colour range: Selection of colours available
  • Aesthetics: Neat finish yet not natural looking
  • Installation: Relatively complex
  • Cost: Moderate
  • Lifespan: Approximately 40-70 years

Thatch Roofing

  • Slope: Steep sloped roofs only
  • Weather resistance: Low to medium wind resistance, zero fire resistance
  • Weight: Very heavy
  • Materials: Straw, sedge or reed grass
  • Colour range: None
  • Aesthetics: Very natural look
  • Installation: Moderate
  • Cost: Fairly moderate to install, expensive to maintain
  • Lifespan: Can last 25-40 years depending on several factors

Cape Roof Sheeting – Roof Sheeting Cape Town

As one of the expert roofing companies and suppliers of the highest quality roof sheeting Cape Town has to offer, we take roofing seriously.

Although selecting the right roofing for your house depends on several factors, we believe that corrugated roofing is one of the best choices for most applications.

This is a durable material with a long lifespan, it’s easy to install, affordable and can offer a contemporary feel to the visual aspect of your home.

For more information about choosing the right roof for your home or to find out more about our products and services, contact us.

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