What Are The Different Types Of House Roof?.

Homes come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing that remains constant across the board is that they will all have a roof. Much like different designs and materials used to build a house, roofs also come in many different varieties. If you take a look at the typical average British road, you will most likely notice that many houses in the same street have different roofs. A lot of this depends on personal preference, but some homes have roofs that were popular at the time of construction. So, what are the different types of roofs on houses?

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles are commonly found on country cottages, along with thatched roofs.  It is also a common feature of homes built in the 1800’s and can come in a variety of finishes. Most slate tiled roofs are a dark grey to black shade, but it can also come in greens and blues. Many churches also have slate tiled roofs, and it provides a sleek and durable finish.

Terracotta Tiles

This is by far the most common type of roofing option used in the UK. Terracotta tiles are made from a mix of fired clay, which provides strong and durable tiles suitable for almost every type of house. There was a real boom for these types of tiles from the 1930’s onwards, mainly due to their economical cost and ease of manufacture. Compared to slate tiles, it is much easier and cheaper to finish a roof with them.


A thatched roof is a sight that is becoming ever more rare with each passing decade. Once the main way of creating a roof on the house, these are now typically only found in small rural villages. A thatched roof consists of a mix of reeds and straw, which is carefully woven to create thick slats. These are then fixed onto the roof beams in a traditional manner and can last for many decades.

Felt Finish

This type of finish is typically found on schools and outhouses. Felt finish has a grainy, slate-like texture, which is set into a resin sheet. The sheet is then fixed to the roof to provide waterproofing to the home below. It is a cheap and easy way to finish a roof, but is typically only used on flat roofs.  Of all the types listed, it is also the one which requires replacing most often due to weathering and erosion of the resin base.


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