Roofs are important pieces of a structure. They should be sturdy, high-quality, and efficient. Roofs would even be better if they have other outstanding properties besides toughness. When you’re building a home, you want to be sure your roof serves its purpose. In Melbourne and other locations, roofing supplies and timber cladding panels are available in different materials and costs.

Here are the two popular roofing materials:

Polycarbonate Roofing

Polycarbonate is thermoplastic roofing material. Simply put, it’s a roof made of highly resilient plastic. Like metal roofing, they are also in sheet form and come in a variety of profiles. If you want a space filled with natural light, you should go for polycarbonate roofing because they can be clear as glass, allowing lots of light to enter and illuminate the entire space. They also have tinted and opaque finishes.

Clear polycarbonate may scare you off if you’re avoiding UV rays as much as possible, but this material is actually treated to protect anything underneath it from 99.9% of UV rays. Because of its ability to allow natural lighting to penetrate while resisting harmful UV rays, it has become a popular roofing choice for greenhouses, patios, and the like.

If you want a part of an interior roofed with polycarbonate, opt for the newer type coated with insulating gel. It allows light to enter but keeps out the heat. For commercial properties, foam-backed polycarbonate is the popular choice. This type is more heavy-duty, providing thermal and acoustic insulation. It has also started being used in homes because of its features and low-cost.

Polycarbonate roofing typically starts at AUD20 per square meter. Aside from the low-cost advantage, polycarbonate roofing is also flexible, lightweight, and stylish.

Zinc Roofing

construction workers installing a roofIf you want a long-lasting, durable, and superior roofing, zinc could be your best choice. When it comes to metal roofing, other types may be more popular, such as aluminum and steel. But in Europe, 70% of residential properties are roofed with zinc. What makes this material so popular, then?

Unlike other metal roofing types that need to be coated with finishes to make them last longer, zinc does not rely on coatings to be more durable and long-lasting. It can withstand harsh weather conditions without rusting because of the protective patina it forms. The patination process of zinc may fade out its color, though. Zinc is dark gray (nearly black) at first, and it gradually lightens to a patina gray or bluish color.

If you’d rather not have your zinc roofing color fade, you can paint it in any color you desire. An interesting part of the zinc’s patination process is self-healing. The patina layer of zinc makes it able to repair itself when it gets scratched, adding to its durability.

Zinc has also no toxicity impact. The rainwater that flows from zinc roofing is free from contaminants, allowing residents to collect clean rainwater if they wish to. Zinc roofing also keeps the heat at bay, making it a popular choice for attics that tend to be hotter than other areas of a house.

High-quality metal roofing typically starts at AUD50 to AUD70 per square meter. Additional costs depend on your roofing installer (same with polycarbonate), which is required because roofing installation isn’t a recommended DIY activity.

With these two roofing options, you now have an idea is best to install in certain parts of your house. You can have a bright porch with polycarbonate roofing and an interior with superb zinc roofing. Both are shown to be cost-efficient, despite the huge gap in prices. Consult your roofing supplier to explore more varieties of both types.

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