The roof is one of the most important part in the housing structure. It serves as both bearing structure and also as cover effect. It is the first place to be exposed to environmental and weather damage, protecting people from rain, sun, storm and wind. Roof works against heat, insulation, moisture resistance, and also to increase overall stability for the house.
If you handle well on the roof structure, you have definitely completed half of the workload in the construction for sun protection and rain protection for your home.
The common roof is composed of 2 main parts: the bearing structure of the roof and the shingle. In this article, we will introduce 4 popular construction materials for roofing which is good in durability, affordable in price, ensure no leakage, and good as insulation.
#1 Synthetic Roofing Covered with Bitumen Shale
Bitumen is a material used in waterproofing technology, asphalt is a variant of this material. Most modern waterproofing materials have the appearance of bitumen. Bitumen roofing uses modern technology with multiple layers of fibreglass combined with premium bitumen, natural stone-coated surfaces.
This type of roofing can be used for many types of roofs, including vertical surfaces. It has high efficiency in waterproofing, good insulation, strong wind resistance. It is available in variety of colours with natural designs which is suitable for environmental landscape. It is quite durable and can last for about 50 years.
#2 Asphalt Shingle
An asphalt shingle is a type of roof shingle that uses asphalt for waterproofing. It is one of the most widely used roofing covers because it has a relatively inexpensive up-front cost and is fairly simple to install.
Asphalt shingle is also quite popular in Malaysia construction market, however, abroad, this roof shingle has been in vogue for a long time. It is commonly used for pitched roofs, shingles, various designs, colours. Reasons for asphalt shingle being popular are affordable prices, light weight, good waterproofing and thermal insulation effect. However, the durability is relatively low, the life expectancy is only about 20-30 years.
#3 Titanium Zinc Alloy Roofing Sheet
Alloy roofing sheets are durable, fire resistant, lightweight, and extremely affordable. It is suitable for many types of roofs from slopes to flat roofs. One of the best part is it can be recycled and reused. It has good durability and can last about 50 years.
As a building material, zinc roof does not contain harmful substances and is completely safe for human health. In addition, this metal is much cheaper than copper, making it more economical.
#4 Traditional Tile
Traditional tile roofing is always the most popular roofing material in Malaysia as well as in the world. It has natural and eye-catching colours and designs, imbued with the charm of traditional architecture. Moreover it’s durability is particularly high. Roof tiles can exist for about 80 years, in which waterproofing and insulation is good and very ecological.
However, the disadvantages of roof tiles are the higher cost of purchasing and installing. It’s heavy weight also requires a structural system to support the roof well. Not all houses can support the weight of hundreds of tiles.
Which Roofing Material Is The Most Economical, Most Affordable?
At first glance, asphalt roofing sheets have the highest economic efficiency: cheap, diversified and beautiful designs. However, you should pay attention to its durability as its product life is not high and has only about 30 years of durability. Sooner or later you will have to replace the other roofing if you plan to use it for long. However, depending on the needs and conditions, such as a house with a short time of use, or small auxiliary buildings such as warehouses, gardens, cottages, shingles are still a viable option.
Which Materials Are Durable And Most Effective?
It is difficult to assess which materials are more efficient, because each has a complementary advantage and disadvantage. When calculating the roofing options for your home, consider issues such as:
- Which materials are popular in the locality, used by many families?
- Consider the weather, climate: is it exposed to sunlight all time? Does it rain all the time? From which requires durability and high or medium resistance?
- What kind of materials are suitable for economic conditions, architectural styles, colours, which can match the design of your house or building best.