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Here you can find an overview of the different types and the most suitable roofing materials for each roof shape. Roofing protects your house against severe weather- and natural conditions and it determines the look of your home.

Thatched Roofing

A thatched roof is full of charm. It can be placed in an open or closed construction. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages. This sort of roof covering can last about 35 years. The insulation value of reed is very good, as a result of which insulating is redundant in most of the cases.

Sloping Roof

The pitched roof is by far the most popular roof shape. It is suitable for every building style and offers an unmistakable advantage: extra storage- or living space underneath the construction.
For the construction of a sloping roof, roofers start from purlins, (prefabricated) trusses or prefab roof elements. A purlin roof is further finished with rafters, an inner roof, counter battens, and battens. The trussed roof still gets a roof underlay, counter battens, and battens. The roof elements are a whole of interior work, vapour barrier, insulation, and inner roof.

Arched Roof

The arched or round roof seems to be quite recent, but it already appeared centuries ago in the shape of curved vaults or domes. Today, curved roofs have gotten a functional role as they offer a more useable surface than sloping roofs.

Different materials are fit for the finishing of an arched or round roof:

Flat Roof

The flat roof is making steady progress since the waterproofing materials have become much more durable as a result of technological evolution. Moreover, this roof shape is excellently suitable for modern architecture. People are increasingly giving new interpretations to flat roofs as well: a sun terrace, a garden terrace, or just a functional surface for the installation of solar panels or photovoltaic cells.

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Flat Roof

Flat roofs are typically less expensive when it comes to installation and many homeowners like the added safety of a flat roofing surface. They are usually easy to access and in some settings, they do have a certain aesthetic appeal. Many homeowners who have ranch houses from the mid-century modern period love flat roofs, because that was the standard for homes immediately after World War II, and they do have a certain charm. Flat roofs are the most common type of roofing system used in commercial properties today, but they are not as common in the residential setting. This is largely due to the fact that they can require a good bit of maintenance, especially if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, snow, or high-temperature ranges. Flat roofs are mostly flat- they have a slight slope to allow for water drainage. It is important to make sure the roof stays clear of leaves, limbs, and debris so that water and snow do not get trapped and accumulate on the roof. This type of roofing material has a lifespan of only about 15 years and then it will need to be replaced. In most cases, a flat roof is not recommended for residential applications. It’s easy to understand why if you are living in the Midwest. We experience a lot of dry periods during the winter, but we also get periods of intense rain and snow, which could collapse a flat roof. You’ve seen enough of those on TV to know that you don’t want it to happen to you.

 

There Are Three Types Of Flat Roofs:

 

Warm Roof: in this case, the insulation lies under the roof sealing. This construction method is most widely used, and it gives the best results as well. The construction of a warm roof starts from the supporting floor. This may be wooden beams or a concrete supporting floor. The warm roof is always positioned in a slightly sloping way in order to ensure good rainwater drainage.

Cold Roof: with this type, there is a ventilated air cavity between the roof sealing and insulation. This is the oldest shape, but it is no longer used because of too many problems with condensation.
The waterproofing layer mostly consists of bitumen or plastic.

Reversed Flat Roof: with this approach, the insulation lies above the waterproof layer, so actually on top of the actual roof.

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