Flat Garage Roof Materials
People looking for information about garage roofing, are often particularly interested in knowing more about garage roofing materials. For that reason, I have decided to write a few articles that go into some detail about the options you have in roofing materials for your garage roof. If nothing else, you will want to know enough about the subject, that you can tell by looking at your roof quotes whether you are getting what you asked for.
It is impossible to say what the best average roofing material is, as it depends on what sort of roof you have or want – and on what you like. Most garage roofs take one of two basic forms: the flat roof and the pitched roof. Many people know flat roofing as something which is clad with roofing felt, and this material is indeed one of the most popular for roofing a garage. Looking at pitched roofs, it is more common to see roof tiles made of burnt clay, or shingles made of slate, wood or asphalt (actually a form of roofing felt too).
So what is the differences between these types of roofs and what is put on them? Well, on a pitched roof – which is the traditional way to roof all over the world – you have the help of gravity to get the water off the roof. Even though there is room between two overlapping roof tiles for the water to get in, and moist air to get out, the relatively steep angle and the way they overlap, means that the water will rush down the roof and never find the space between the tiles. This does not work on a flat roof – which is not really flat, but just built with a very shallow angle. Instead, you need something close to a one-piece membrane to cover your entire roof, and roofing felt – since it is actually fused together as it is installed – provides that effect. On a well laid flat roof, there is simply nowhere the water can enter. Some roofing sheets can get close to that as well, but roofing felt is still the king of flat roofs.