Building & Renovating

6 Roofing Styles For Your Home

Find out which roofing material and style is the most suitable for your abode

Photography: and Dairy Darilag (Main)

Your roof is the essential part of your home—it protects the house from sun, rain, and other harsh elements from the outside. Whether you are building from scratch or just re-roofing, it is important to know which material is the best for the style of your home, the climate and environment, and your budget. After all, it’s a big investment and you don’t want to find yourself going through this again in the next few years.

Make sure to buy the right material and let this list guide you:

Asphalt Composition Shingles

This type is one of the most commonly used because it is very economical. Asphalt shingles are also durable and easy to install. These come in a wide variety of colors and styles that can work with many architectural styles, especially traditional suburban styles. Depending on the quality of the materials and maintenance, this type usually last up to 30 years. Asphalt shingles look great on American-style or country-style homes (see main photo). Check out Multi-line for asphalt shingles. 

Slate Roofing

Although one of the most expensive types of roofing, slates are durable and can offer a lot of beauty and elegance to your exterior. This type comes in a variety of colors and styles and also need little maintenance. Light and earth-colored slates also help in reducing the heat absorbed by your space due to its natural reflective properties—making it perfect for homes located in areas with warmer climate. Slate roofing looks amazing on tropical-style or resort homes. There is a synthetic, but almost-realistic-looking slate tile available locally from Bryan Isaiah Trading. 

Metal Roofing

One of the most popular roofing types in the Philippines, metal roofing has a longer life span and is more water-resistant. This type of roofing is also low maintenance, lightweight, more environmentally friendly, and most importantly—very affordable. Installation requires a contractor with experience installing a metal roof. Choose longspan roofing for best results and less risk of leaks. Metal roofing goes well with almost any house style, and steel roofs come in almost any color and have designs that mimic the pattern of clay roofs. Check out Steeltech for different styles and colors of metal roofing. 

Wood Shingles

If you want a rustic aesthetic for your exterior, this is the roof type for you. These shingles (also called wood shakes) are also durable, and can approximately last for three to five decades. However, it’s not advisable to use on fire-prone and extremely arid areas, unless the shingles are treated with a fire-resistant coating. Find wood shakes locally at Riviera Filipina. 

Concrete and Clay Tiles

If you want to add texture to your exterior, you may choose between concrete and clay tiles—best for Mediterranean-style homes. Both materials are extremely durable and long-lasting yet expensive. These are also heavy so solid foundation is needed for load bearing. Because of the roof's rustic pattern and earthy color, clay and terracotta-type tiles go well with Filipino-style homes and bahay-na-bato-inspired structures, as well as Mediterranean-style houses. Check out Riviera Filipina for a wide wide range of clay and concrete roof tiles. 

Palm Thatch or Nipa Thatch

One of the earliest roofing types known to man, roof thatching is the method of building a roof by weaving together and overlapping dry vegetation such as straw, and in tropical countries, palm fronds. This type of roofing can be seen locally in nipa huts or the bahay kubo, and is the perfect roofing for rustic-Filipino beach houses. The only danger of using this type of roofing is that the material is highly flammable, so it is best to use artificial palm thatch instead, made out of fire-proof PVC. You can get extremely realistic-looking, synthetic palm thatching roof panels locally from AMC Trading and Bryan Isaiah Trading. 

Photos: and Dairy Darilag (Main) | Bethany Mitchell Homes

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