Building a home? Just planning to? Well, this article is definitely for you, then! We will cover the most popular materials in Europe, all the way from corrugated metal to ceramic tiles and most frequently seen materials in between. Stick around if you want to find out the best roofing materials that you should consider for your home!
1. Corrugated steel
Corrugated steel is very popular nowadays. There are quite a number of reasons that can be attributed to this popularity. The very first thing everyone notices is the low price tag. And whilst yes, these steel sheets are quite inexpensive, they’re definitely not cheap in terms of quality (if chosen properly).
However, there is more to it. Corrugated steel is very easy to put up, it’s easy to maintain and homeowners can choose from a lot of different aesthetics as well. They are adaptable, almost to any kind of roof slope and you can definitely expect them to look well, regardless of whether your house is modern or of the classic design variety.
2. Ceramic tiles
Considered to be the epidemy of the classical style, ceramic tiles (also concrete ones) are very elegant and subtle aesthetically. However, they’re only applicable to roofs with significant slope angles. Besides, ceramic tiles are quite heavy, meaning that the construction needs to be able to withstand not only the weight of the roof but the weight of the roof plus excessive snowfall, if it comes.
If you want a timeless appeal and tremendous longevity, however, definitely choose this particular material as it best resembles these qualities.
3. Solar panels
Whilst technically not a roofing material by design, solar panels have become more and more abundant on the roofs of modern homes. If you want a home that looks modern and can reduce the amount of what you spend on heating and electricity each month, definitely don’t hesitate to install them.
4. Plant-based or “Green” roof
Especially in urban design, green roofs are the new hit. This is a structure that is covered with plants and flora in order to not only stop excess water runoff, but also increase oxygen production and soak in part of carbon emissions, in turn, improving overall air quality. However, a green roof is hard to aesthetically place in private residences, unless they happen to be penthouses at the top of large multi-floor apartment complexes or situated in specific environments. Plus, the costs are a downside.