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The Different Types Of Roof And How Much They Cost To Install

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  • Roofing

Each type of roof has its own style and unique architecture. The significance of the roof of a house can never be underestimated. A roof keeps a building structurally sound and helps support it. It protects the house from environmental elements and keeps water, dirt, and debris from entering the house.

There are numerous options when it comes to choosing the right kind of roof. A roof should be stable and functional, pleasing to the eye, and can be decorative. If you are a homeowner or a business owner who plans to build your new home or building or change your roof, this article will discuss the different types of roof and how much they cost to install. Roof costs for as low as $50 to a high $900 per square metre. Here are the kinds of roof in Australia that you can choose from:

#1 - Metal Roofs

Benefits: Metal roofs are suitable for houses that have a flat or steep roofline. Low-galvanized metals are cost-efficient which makes its affordability a reason for its popularity. It offers longer term savings because metal roofs reflect UV rays. This kind of roof lasts for around 50 years. Coast 2 Country Roofing offers the best materials in metal roofing in Melbourne.

Disadvantages: Installation of a metal roof on a steeper pitch is more expensive. Some people find it annoying when sound echoes during a loud rainstorm. Skilled professionals are needed for metal roofs to make them have a longer lifespan.

Cost: High quality metal roofing costs range from $50 to $70 per square metre.

#2 - Slate Shingles

Benefits: Slate shingles come from a sedimentary rock split into thin sheets. This material has a 50 to 200 years lifespan. They are great for resisting impact from hail and small branches in addition to being fireproof. 

Disadvantages: These require extra structural support for its weight. Skilled professionals are needed to do the installation and repairs.

Cost: The cost ranges from $200 to $500 per square metre.

#3 - Solar Tiles

Benefits: Australian homeowners are shifting to solar tiles as they seek to increase green points and cut costs. Solar tiles have low maintenance costs, help the environment, save money on power and heating bills, and provide a modern look to a home. Solar tiles last for 25 to 30 years.

Disadvantages: The roof must be correctly installed at the right angle for the tiles to catch the energy from the sun.

Cost: The cost per square metre of solar tiles is $550 which includes the Fronius inverter. 

#4- Terracotta Roof Tiles

Benefits: One classic roof is made of terracotta roof tiles. These tiles that can last as long as 75 years offer homes an added aesthetic value. Its rich and neutral shade allows it to blend well into any neighbourhood. It makes homes less damp, insulates them naturally, and is one of the most environmental roofing options.

Disadvantages: It takes three times as much to install terracotta roof tiles compared to installing concrete ones. These are very breakable especially when walking on the tiles or because of tree branches falling.

Cost: The average cost of terracotta roof tiles ranges from $80 to $110 per square metre.

#5 - Wood Roofing

Benefits: Wood roofing is suitable for Tudor-style homes and Cape Cod cottages. Their average lifespan is 50 years in dry climates but requires treatment in areas prone to fire. Pine, redwood, and cedar are common materials used in wood roofing as these repel insects.

Disadvantages: These require high maintenance and treatment with chemical preservatives and fire retardants. These are also prone to mold, water damage, mildew, and they easily rot.

Cost: The average cost for wood shingles per square metre in Melbourne is $450 to $900.

Choosing the right kind of roof for your home takes into consideration the budget and the look that you want it to have. If you are undecided and want to know more about the kind of roof suitable for your home, Coast 2 Country offers free consultation. Call us today and start building your dream house.