How Many Different Types Of Roofs Are There?

Are you considering a change to the roof of your property, or want to know more about what the most cost effective options are for roofing? There are a number of different roof types and systems that can be considered if this is the case, from standard roofs through to waterproofing systems and green roofs. It’s worth looking at these different roofs in more detail, focusing on how they can make your property more energy efficient and capable of avoiding maintenance and repair problems. Contact Brinkmann Quality Roofing to learn more about the roof type that is right for your house.

Asphalt Shingle, Tile & Metal Roofs


The most common option for sloping roofs, asphalt shingle can be used as a basic protection against the elements, and can be varied through shake shingle and reinforced waterproof layers to protect your property. You can also opt for tile roofing, typically in concrete and clay, as well as metal materials for flatter roofs that require highly durable protection against damage.

Single Ply Roofs


Some more advanced roofing systems include single ply roofs, which represent a membrane that can waterproof your property and carry weight without requiring a comprehensive installation process. Thermofol PVC and single ply waterproofing from specialists like Bauder can be used to cover pitched and barrel vault shaped roofs, and feature synthetic polymers as a solution to sealing up flat and sloped roofs. Flame free construction can also be used for single ply roofing to increase health and safety.

Built up Roofs


Flat roofs that need more robust coverings and materials can make use of built up systems, which can involve using reinforced elastomeric bitumen membranes; acting as a durable layer, these systems can waterproof and provide extra insulation for a roof, and can be combined with overlay systems for flat roofs. Flat roof coverings can feature layers of bitumen that provide a long lasting design that can waterproof your property and resist cracks and damage.

Cold Applied Roofs


Another roof option is to use cold applied systems that employ poly methyl methacrylate resin to reinforce structures. Bitumen membranes are particularly suitable as a way of dealing with inverted constructions and awkwardly shaped roofs, and can be rapidly applied and made waterproof without having to use flames for sealant. Bauder’s LiquiTEC roof systems are a particularly good example of these kinds of roofs.

Green Roofs


If you want to make your roof a bit more unusual, a green roof can be an environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing solution; green roofs involve creating a waterproof layer that can insulate your roof and create a place to grow vegetation. Different soil levels and substrates can be combined to develop a biodiverse roof that releases oxygen, grows vegetables, and acts as a run off point for water, while providing heat insulation and a lower carbon footprint than man-made polymers and fibres.


Cathy John

Cathy John has been writing about the roofing industry and ways to improve your property value for several years. She recommends checking out specialist builders and designers Bauder if you want to learn more about different roofs.