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How to plan the roofing in your home

When you are planning the roofing in your home, you always have a wide choice to choose from. The type of roofing you choose will depend on many elements. You have a choice to make from thatched roofs, titled roofs or slate roofs. This guide is designed to help you understand the pros and cons of each of these roofs in your home.

Types of roofs:

We'll talk you through some of the more popular types of roofs, and their advantages and disadvantages.

Thatched roofs:

Made from several layers of dried plant stalks, straw and other vegetation, thatched roofs have a long life-span, making them a good roofing choice. They also provide good insulation to keep your home cool in hot weather conditions. However, this is an old roofing method that is rarely found in modern homes today. Thatched roofs are more popular choices for outdoor structures like sheds, pergolas and rotundas. The disadvantage of such roofing is that it could be easily destroyed by birds, rainy weather or other natural calamities. Care needs to be taken in maintaining such roofing and it needs to be done by a professional thatcher.

Tiled Roofs:

Tiled roofs allow you the freedom of choice with many different types of tiling options available. Tiled roofing brings aesthetic value and longevity to any home, making it a good roofing choice for most homes. It is also safe from fires and rain because of its resilience and durability. Though this type of roofing has many advantages, the greatest drawback is that this type of roofing is heavy and an adequate support system has to be put in place to support such tiling.

Slate Tiled Roofs:

Slate tiling for your roof gives your home natural beauty. This type of tiling could last for decades, making it one of the best roofing choices. Slate tiling is also environmentally friendly and is ideal for areas prone to snow, wind and rain. Slate tiled roofs can be quite heavy, which is why it may not be a preferred choice for many builders.

Roof Shingles:

Roof shingles are flatter and thinner than roof tiles. They can be made from all types of materials like slate, concrete, fibre cement and wood, making them the most versatile choice for roofs today. If not installed properly, roof shingles can give way in harsh weather conditions. Poorly installed shingles may also lead to roof leaks and other structural problems. Proper care must be taken during installation.

Flat Roofing:

If you are looking to install or repair a flat roof it is important to take waterproofing measures as water does not run off as easily, and can pool on a poorly maintained roof. A great option for a flat roofline is to use Fatra products that contain a low maintenance waterproofing membrane.

Parts of Roofs:

Knowing the different parts of a roofing system helps you to detect roof problems at an early stage. The three most important parts are Soffits, Fascias and Guttering.


Soffits are the exposed portion beneath the overhanging section of a roof. A soffit helps in ventilating the attic. Choose a water- resistant and cost effective material for your soffit.


Fascias are the vertical finishing edge connected to the ends of the rafters, trusses or the area where the gutter is attached to the roof. Beside its aesthetic appearance, it protects the wooden board from damage from water.


The gutter of the roof is a narrow channel which collects water. This is also an important part of the roofing system.

UPVC soffits and fascias work much better than the wooden versions because of their durability, weather protection and resilience. Unlike wood that rots over time, UPVC remains sturdy in all weather conditions. Knowing the intricate details of your roofing system will help you maintain it better in the future.