The roofing is usually the covering of a structure, comprising all structures and materials needed to support it upon the roof of the structure, or upon uprights, giving protection from rain, sun, snow, extreme weather, and winds. It is often made of metal or ceramic tiles, with insulated glass or polyethylene foam as the top layer, to allow maximum absorption of heat, minimizing heat transfer and reflecting heat to lower floors. In some constructions, tiles are also used for the roofing, together with slates or planks made of clay or slate. Roofs may be of different types, for example roofing of single or multistory buildings, public edifices or private residences, with varying degrees of roof materials. Roofing may serve a number of purposes: it may protect the structural member of a structure (the building itself), or protect the living space (the dwelling).
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Roofing can be either on asphalt shingles or on concrete tiles, or you may have both. Before you decide upon the roofing materials, you must consider the climatic requirements, the maintenance requirements, the aesthetic appeal of your roof, budget, and the accessibility of persons with disabilities. Most importantly, your roofing must serve the purpose for which it is designed.
The most common roofing materials are asphalt shingles, which are extremely durable, easy to maintain, highly resistant to extremes of temperature and very light in weight, but asphalt shingles are not the only types of roofing materials available. Slate, concrete tiles, wood shakes, gypsum boards and cedar shake are also available. The roofing materials can be selected by you after analyzing the various factors such as the amount of maintenance required, the climatic conditions, the aesthetics, etc.