Heritage roofing is not a common choice for modern home and building owners but they can offer more charm and personality to the building. It mainly provides aesthetic benefits to the building and is usually constructed on homes with a classical theme and appearance. Heritage roofing is known for its ‘patchwork’ patterns as each shingle carries a slightly different tint that reflects light differently and at different angles, creating a moving pattern when one views the roof from different angles.
Building owners who know how to appreciate the best forms of heritage roofing would use Spanish slates for their roof shingles. Spanish slates come in different shades of grey and are one of the most expensive among all roofing materials. You can also find some of these different types of Spanish slates in Brighton from online websites. Slate shingles may also come from the United Kingdom, Brazil, China or America but Spanish slates are known for the grandeur that they add to buildings, their quality and high prices. Constructing a roof in slate is more of a long term investment as slate is known to be dirt resistant and longer lasting than other materials. Unfortunately, its high price means that it has remained popular mainly among the wealthy crowd.
Slate roofs are said to last up to 200 years but some consumers are doubtful of the long durability of slate shingles. Slate gets brittle and weak with time and they deteriorate much quicker through snowy and rainy weather conditions. The longevity of a slate roof also depends on whether they were maintained correctly. Slate roofs have to be sealed as they are porous and without sealing, they become discolored and stained very easily.
They can also be difficult to fix after a certain age when the shingles are weak. Slate shingles cannot be stepped on, which makes the repair work much trickier than regular roofs. After a certain age, slate shingles become especially fragile and moving a damaged piece can cause a neighboring piece to break, crack or chip. As such, home or building owners will have to engage specialized repairers for your slate roof in Camberwell to get their roofs fixed as regular roof repairmen will not be able to do a good job.
Apart from slate, asphalt shingles are gaining popularity as a material for heritage roofing as they can achieve the same visual effect without costing as much as slate shingles. Asphalt shingles are also available in a wider range of colors such as green, brown or red, allowing roofs to have more dynamic patterns and visual effects.
Going for heritage roofing can be an interesting option that differs from the norm and allows a house to stand out from the others. While it is mostly used for houses built with a classical or rustic style, there are some modern variations of heritage roofing which can be a viable and interesting alternative for modern homes.