Choosing a new roof can be quite a daunting task, especially if you are finding a new one for your home. When on the search process, some of the primary factors to consider include cost, durability, longevity, sustainability, and energy efficiency. All these aspects of the roof inform one another. That said, there are myriad of roofing projects you can choose from. All have varying features and perhaps, come at different prices.
Outlined below are some of the top 5 most expensive roofing projects.
Slate roofing is a perfect choice for those looking for an old world of elegance with more subdued colour schemes. They are made from stone and silvers of real rocks, ascertaining durability. For a price of up to £20 per sq.ft, Slate roofs are impervious to insects, moisture, incline weather, and fire. A major drawback of Slate roofs, beside the high price is their heavy weight. Slate roofs can last up to 120 years and does not need regular maintenance.
Clay Tile Roofs
Clay tiles are a way of introducing some flair to your home. They are perfect for those looking for a roof with class and style. Initially, clay tiled roofs were associated with Italian, Spanish Mansions, American and Mediterranean inspired architecture. However, they can also make a good option for modern homes. These roofs are durable and sturdy that high moisture, fire, insect activity and extreme weather are no match. They cost approximately £12-18 per square feet. They require specialised installation of an expert.
Traditionalist and nature lovers striving for sustainability or the warm charm of the years gone by will find the thatched roofs a good option. Depending on the material used to makes the thatch; these roofs can be very durable. For instance, water reeds can last for 65 years. Long straw reeds can last up to 25 years. With thatched roofs, you will need a specialised craftsman and not your regular contractor to install and maintain them. They can cost anywhere between £8-12 per sq.ft.
Metal shingles are a perfect choice for those looking to have exceptional roof durability with style. These roofs replicate classic shingle roofing appearance while offering utmost strength and longevity. Besides the expensive price, metal shingles are well known for guaranteed premium protection against weather. So to say, it can resist winds of up to 120 miles per hour. Metal shingles reduce cooling costs by up to 20% compared to asphalt shingles. They also reduce ice and snow build-up during winter. They can last between 30-50 years depending on exposure and cost approximately £7-9 per sq.ft.
If you are looking to boost your curb appeal with a classic exterior, consider architectural shingles. They not only look better but also are thicker and last longer. Architectural shingles are known for their versatility, high durability ratings, stronger aesthetic appeal and fit perfectly to nearly all home styles. These shingles, like metal roofs, last up to 30 years and cost between £4-6 per sq.ft.