How To Choose The Roofing Materials –  Asphalt Roofing Shingles

The roof of a house is just as important as the foundation. It must protect you from water and fire, withstand corrosion and temperature changes and do not affect the structure of the house. You can see below the roofing materials used for covering the houses and their characteristics.


Of all the materials used for roofing, the board combines the best qualities such as strength, flexibility, light weight and ease of installation. Additionally, lately, the board has been constantly improved so it can be found on the market under different models and colors. Also, the sheet is treated with various substances to enhance its corrosion resistance, mechanical shocks, UV radiation and temperature differences.

One of the advantages of the roof made of the prefilled plate is the double gripping system by overlapping the pliers and screwing with rubber washers on one side of each panel.

The profile panel has a special aesthetic appearance and can be curved, trapezoidal with more or fewer trenches with V-shaped profiles. Besides the aesthetical role of these profiles, there is also the orientation of the pluvial rainwater flows along the slope and the fragmentation of the snow layer that is deposited during the winter. See this.


Many people prefer to cover their roof with tile because this material is resistant, it has a good price and quality. There are three types of tile – metallic, ceramic and concrete.

The metal tile is durable and flexible (easy to mount) and has a small weight, so it does not affect the structure of the house. There are numerous models and colors of metal tile on the market so that this material can give a touch of elegance to the house.

The metal tile is made of galvanized sheet, covered with a layer of passivation, one primer and one polyester. Depending on the quality of the alloy used, manufacturers offer roof guarantees between 5 years and ten years. Be careful if the metal tiles can be damaged if they are not primed and painted periodically. However, there are high-quality metal tiles on the market and their makers say they have a durability of up to 50 years.

Ceramic tile has a great look and life span of up to 100 years, it is heat-resistant, flame retardant, rigid in shocks, acids, dirt, frost, with the ability to quickly dry and permeate water vapor. But the disadvantage of this type of tile is that it weighs ten times the size of the metal tiles, so it is advisable to have a specialist’s advice before being mounted in order not to damage the structure of the house.

Concrete tiles are very resistant, have a low water absorption, which positively influences the life of the material. Besides, they can be purchased in a wide range of colors so they fit any home style. The disadvantage of this roofing material is that it has a high weight and can slip on the ice if there is infiltration at its level.

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Bituminous shingle

Bituminous shingle is made of ceramic granules, bituminous layer and fiberglass reinforcement, being a modern solution for covering the house. Bituminous shingle is resistant to water, fire and ultraviolet radiation and is available in a wide variety of colors.

Easy to cut, handled and fixed, this type of roofing material is compatible with different edges and drainage systems, leaving no need for special accessories found on other types of roofing. It has a life span of about 50 years and the manufacturers offer a 15-year warranty as a rule.

Fiberglass shingle

Glass fiber is preferred because of its attractive appearance (it easily mimics traditional tiles), the variety of models and the ease with which it can be mounted, being self-adhesive.

The composite difference between bituminous shingles and glass fibers is not very high. In the second case, a glass fiber reinforcer is used and the amount of bitumen is lower. This makes the fiberglass cladding heavier than the bituminous coating of about 10 kg / m 2.

Choose the type of coverage in the project phase

Choosing the type of roof from the project stage will help you make the best choices and implicit savings of money and time. The most conspicuous and common example in this respect is the dimensioning of building elements (foundation, poles, roof structure), heavy roofing (concrete tile), and the installation of a lightweight cover (metal tile). By choosing the type of roof from the project phase and communicating it to the project managers (architect, structuralist, etc.), you can achieve savings of the hundreds or even thousands of euros.

Choose the company with the best quality/price report

Certainly, the lowest price is not the best choice; a low price often hides the poor quality of the materials or services received. In nine out of ten cases, choosing products and services based on the lowest price has ended in disaster, the cost of repairing the damage far exceeds the price of a quality fit, without counting the nerves and the lost time. It does not help you to buy a “cheap” roof. The choice of products and the company with which you will collaborate for the purchase and installation of the roof should be made based on the quality/price ratio and the recommendations received.