How to Choose the Right Roofing Materials

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How to Choose the Right Roofing Materials

Replacing a roof is an endeavour that takes a lot of dedication and investment. Although roof replacement is a multi-tiered process, the essential first step involves choosing what type of roofing material to use.
While there are many different ways to acquire roofing material, including multiple trips to home improvement stores and other brick-and-mortar establishments, the convenience of web stores such as eBay can save a lot of time and, possibly, money. Prices for roofing materials vary by type, dimension, and project specs. Therefore, understanding the various types of roofing materials can help narrow down what to use for a roof replacement.


Main Types of Roofs in Australia

Whether it is a home or business, different types of roofing material can be used for either, provided the structure permits its use. Metal is a popular material, particularly for businesses. Fibreglass, wood, ceramic, and slate shingles are also widely used. Figuring out which type is best suited for a particular roofing jobs means understanding the benefits and detriments of each product.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is sometimes preferred because of its durability, hardiness, malleability, and relatively low maintenance. It is also considered a sustainable material because metal is solar reflective, allowing spaces to stay cooler. Metal roofs also have long shelf lives and can last for decades. These factors help make it desirable choice for those hoping to ‘go green’ with home improvements. Materials such as aluminium, steel, and copper are commonly used in metal roofing. This type of material works well in places that are prone to severe weather. Aluminium is the least costly, while copper can be expensive.

Fibreglass Roofing

Fibreglass and asphalt shingles are extremely popular choices for roofing materials, particularly for residential properties. Relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to install, fibreglass is a go-to pick for all types of roofing jobs, whether it be a completely new installation or a simple repair. Fibreglass is very easy to cut and mold to form. Therefore, individuals preparing a roof installation for properties with extra features, such as skylights, will not have a hard time fitting this type of material to existing structures. While fibreglass is sturdy and resistant to certain elements, extreme wind can dislodge shingles. The upside is that reattaching or replacing a stray shingle is not difficult, particularly because of the portability and low cost of the material.


Slate is another sustainable type of roofing material. Drawn from the environment, slate can be continuously recycled and last for decades. Weather tolerant and extremely durable, slate roof installations are increasingly popular for their benefits. Slate is heavier and harder to haul than other types of material (such as fibreglass) and it does cost a bit more. However, a properly installed slate roof may be a one-time job, with the roof outlasting its inhabitants on many occasions. A less expensive alternative to true slate is manufactured or fake slate. It looks similar, weighs and cost less than authentic slate. It cannot outlast real slate, but it is durable and can last many years.


Ceramic tiles are popular for individuals looking to replicate Spanish-style roofs with a time-tested, durable material that is also visually appealing. One of the most frequently requested types of ceramic tile is terracotta; a ruddy, reddish material. However, there are other types of ceramic tiles in various colours. Although ceramic tile is striking to behold and insulates well, this material tends to be more fragile than other types. Ceramic also costs a bit more than other types of material.


Since wood is derived from nature, it is a sustainable and ‘green’ material, like slate. Wood-based roofing materials are made from different types of trees, cedar and redwood amongst the most popular. Cedar shake shingles are specially crafted, while wood shingles are mass produced by machine. Like fibreglass and asphalt, wood roofs can last up to 25 years with proper care and maintenance. As wood shingles are made from trees, it is important to make sure the particular type of shingle selected is allowed. Environmental concerns and considerations may prevent specific trees and byproducts from being transported and relocated to certain regions in Australia.


Using eBay to Buy Roofing Materials

When the appropriate type of roofing material has been established, there are various ways to secure the supplies. However, using eBay as a source for obtaining roofing materials may work best. eBay is essentially a central portal for just about anything, including roofing materials and any incidentals needed to install a roof. Whether the material is metal, fiberglass, ceramic, slate, or wood, buyers can search eBay’s vast inventory to find it. Few places have everything a person may need all in one place. Fortunately, eBay usually does.



Before replacing or installing a new roof, homeowners should be aware of the various options for roofing materials. Depending on budget, location and preference, homeowners can easily determine the right material for their home to provide a long-lasting and durable roof for years to come.

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