Although “Ondulin” is a trademark, it is already customary to call this word any wave bituminous roof. Waterproof, with many color options, lightweight, environmentally friendly, durable, easy to install, relatively inexpensive, quiet – this material has a lot of advantages. The disadvantages include fragility, fire hazard, loss of shape during heat or under the weight of snow.
The most common slate familiar to everyone. Yes, it is gray and not too beautiful, it is more difficult to install than ondulin, it contains asbestos. But on the other hand, it is reliable, durable, not afraid of rain and snowfall. Large manufacturers claim a service life of 50 years and produce slate in various colors. And for the price, the material is very affordable.
One of the most ancient types of roofing is ceramic tiles. Reliable, made of environmentally friendly material, durable, aristocratic beautiful. But heavy, both in weight and in packing.
This roof covering may well be mistaken for ceramic tiles, but in fact it is made of sand and cement. Sand-cement tiles are cheaper than their ceramic “relative”, thanks to dyes (iron oxides) they get the same color, they don’t weigh so much, but they will last much less. During transportation, you can lose up to 10% of the material, because such a tile is a fragile material.
Flexible shingles. It is made from fiberglass, which is impregnated with bitumen with a modifier. On top of this layer, slate or basalt stone chips are applied, which will protect the roof from ultraviolet radiation, give it a three-dimensional pattern and color. Silent, beautiful, as the name implies – flexible, at a reasonable price. But combustible, in the heat it can melt, and in the cold it becomes fragile.
Self-leveling roof. One of the best options for a rooftop seating area or something like a small garden. It is poured directly onto concrete, the second name is mastic roof. It is a viscous liquid that solidifies in air and can withstand severe temperature changes. True, it will be difficult to achieve the same layer thickness throughout the roof..
Slate roofing. A very rare and very expensive material. But such a roof made of thin slabs of slate serves up to 200 years! In addition, the elite slate roofing is not afraid of fires, frost and a layer of snow, does not fade, and reliably protects from heat.
Membrane roof. Traditionally used for flat roofs, there are three types: PVC, TPO and EPDM. Water resistant, lasts up to 50 years, allows you to cover any roof, repairs with proper installation are very rarely required, and the strength of the coating is high. But it does not look very aesthetically pleasing, therefore it is more often used in industrial facilities.
Copper roof. Very visible, bright, not afraid of fire and corrosion, safe and environmentally friendly, almost maintenance-free. The only drawback is the price.
Aluminum roof. Lightweight, durable, easy to install, fireproof, flexible, can be of different colors. Noisy, heats up, and costs only a little less than a copper roof.
Metal tiles. At first glance, it is often difficult to distinguish it from its predecessor – ceramic tiles. At the same time, it is lighter, you can do the styling yourself. It comes in a variety of colors, is reliable, is not afraid of frost and heat, does not break during transportation. But noisy, which is especially noticeable during rains and especially hail.
Roofing sheeting can be called an inexpensive “relative” of metal tiles. It looks, of course, simpler, not so beautiful, but also reliable, easy to install and durable. Also “noisy” material, sound insulation is required.
Let’s move on to natural materials, which now look very exotic, but have a right to exist as a roof. This is an earthen roof, a real lawn or even a garden growing on a house. Despite its unusual appearance, such a roof has its own advantages; it protects the house from heat and cold, and is waterproof thanks to a reliable substrate. But it requires maintenance and is not too durable
Reed or thatched roof. Environmentally friendly material, which is also not afraid of frost, rain, wind. A cane or reed roof serves for a surprisingly long time, up to 50 years, and does not require special repairs. The advantages also include excellent sound insulation, perfect ventilation. By cons – the danger of fire, the reed burns very quickly. And more – reed roofs are loved by birds that can make a nest on it.
Shingle roof. These small plaques are usually made from softwood. A shingle roof is quite difficult to make yourself, because the installation process is complex and time consuming. Serves for a long time, and you can soak from fire with special compounds.