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Tar and Gravel Roof Replacement: Good Value For Money?

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Is your roof worried about ageing? Are cracks and wrinkles beginning to appear in its once unblemished appearance?

Is your roof thinking about going travelling across India for six months in the hope that it can ‘go and find itself’ and ‘rediscover its lost youth’?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then don’t fear; roofs age just like the rest of us. It may, however, be time for you to start thinking about tar and gravel roof replacement…

We’re All Getting Older!

It is completely natural for your roof to be unhappy about the physical changes that it is going through. You should sit your roof down and explain to it that the ageing process is a natural cycle, and that one generation must surely give way to the next…

After a while, your tar and gravel roof should have forgotten about going to India, accepted fate, and become ready to go to The Great Tar and Gravel Roof Graveyard in The Sky, (or ‘the skip’ as it is commonly known.) That means that you will now be free to choose your  tar and gravel roof replacement.

Tar and Gravel Roof Replacement

When considering a tar and gravel roof replacement you may wish to simply opt for choosing to install a brand-new tar and gravel roof.

Indeed, tar and gravel roofs are incredibly durable and economical, albeit perhaps not as aesthetically pleasing as some of the more contemporary options that are available.

If you are thinking about tar and gravel roof replacement, then you may wish to consider some of the following alternatives as well.

Asphalt Roll Roof

Asphalt roll roofing is a very popular choice for flat roofs across the UK, largely due to it being relatively inexpensive and because of the ease with which it can be installed.

Each individual roll measures approximately 90 cm in width by 10 metres in length and it is a very popular choice amongst D.I.Y enthusiasts due to the fact that the asphalt can simply be rolled into place. Contemporary polymers used within modern asphalt roofing also allow for much easier application over roof edges and corners.

Asphalt roll roofing is perhaps the cheapest option available, and lasts for around ten years. Two common problems with this type of roofing, however, are that it is prone to pucker in hot weather due to its width.

Problems may also arise with seam joins from one roll to the next due to rolls simply being rolled out and glued together.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is becoming an increasingly popular option amongst those considering tar and gravel roof replacement. It’s low maintenance, lightweight, and more environmentally friendly than asphalt.

Metal roofing is particularly good for use within the colder months of the year. Its chemical makeup helps to prevent water and ice building up, which minimises the long-term risk of your roof leaking.

Several different options are also available for metal roofing; such as galvanised steel, solar metal shingles and stone-coated metal to give your roof a more natural appearance.

This choice is one of the more expensive options available, and a professional roofer would be best advised to carry out the installation; that being said, metal roofing is extremely durable, and is one of the safest guards against leaks.

tar and gravel roof replacement

Whilst tar and gravel roof replacement does present you with several contemporary and varied options, simply opting to apply a new coat of tar and gravel to your roof may well be the most economical option. But do bear in mind that it is unlikely to last as long as some of the more durable materials.

Glass Reinforced Plastic

Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) roofing is available in a range of colours, is very strong and most retailers offer a 20-year guarantee with it as standard. A well-maintained GRP roof, however, can last upwards of 50 years.

This means, in the long-term, it can be an incredibly cost-effective roofing solution.

Additionally, glass reinforced plastic roofing is resistant to corrosion and is durable in all weather conditions. You should bear in mind, however, that GRP roofing does need to be installed during dry conditions and most contractors favour doing so in the Summer months.

Glass reinforced plastic is made up of thermosetting resins combined with glass fibres which bond together to create a solid fibreglass material, a process which needs a warmer environment so as to best benefit the installation process.

Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofing or ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofing has the benefit of being laid in a single piece. Thus, because there are no seams or joins, the chances of the roof cracking or leaking are greatly reduced.

EPDM roofing is also able to withstand rain very well and modern rubber bonds are not susceptible to the sun’s ultraviolet rays; which helps to guard against puckering and shrinkage.

Rubber roofing is a very economical but in most instances, EPDM will have to be fitted by a professionally licensed contractor. That being said, the installation process is quick, and should not inflate your costs by a substantial amount.

One of the downsides of rubber roofing is that it has generally only been available in black, which can often look unsightly in residential areas. However, some manufacturers have more recently started to produce white rubber, which blends in more seamlessly with the existing backdrop.

Decisions, Decisions

If you are considering tar and gravel roof replacement for your property, then these are some of the most popular options available.

Whilst tar and gravel roof replacement does present you with several contemporary and varied options, simply opting to apply a new coat of tar and gravel to your roof may well be the most economical option. But do bear in mind that it is unlikely to last as long as some of the more durable materials.

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