Roof Systems around the World

Roofs differ not only in terms of structure, color and aesthetic appearance but more importantly, in terms of the material used. This is most likely due to the weather and climate of the country and also the abundance of the material being used. In some countries, dry vegetation like straw, heather and water reed are in abundance – making thatch roofs more vastly installed. It has become highly popular in developing countries with tropical and temperate climates. Although it is a very old roofing system, most home owners prefer this type of roofing system due to the ability of the material to shed away water from the inner roof at a low cost.


In the United States of America, most homes make use of slate roofs as their roofing system. Slate roofs are highly expensive but make up for the high cost with its lengthy lifespan of 75 to 150 years. The asphalt roof shingle is more popular in North America though and studies show that only one out of ten houses does not make use of such roofing material. In the past, shingles were most commonly made out of wood.

Green roofs are common roof systems in Germany. They account for 10% of the roof systems being installed in homes. Green roofs became highly popular in the 1960s and make use of vegetation and a growing medium. The growing medium is planted on a waterproofing membrane and may cover the whole roof or only a part of it. Green roofs are also called “living roofs” and have many benefits including rainwater absorption, insulation, being a habitat for wildlife and lowering air temperature in urban areas.

Terracotta or cement tiles and even steel roof sheeting composes the outer roof of Australian homes. Cement tiled roof has a lifespan of about 50 years while steel roof has a shorter lifespan. In both types of roofing systems, maintenance is highly crucial to ensure tip-top condition. For roofing services in Australia, contact Roofing Corp and their highly qualified staff will be of service.

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