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How many types of roof sheets are there?

Metal roof sheetsRoof sheets are manufactured from a range of materials, each known for their varying properties and applications on different types of roofs. Choosing the right roof sheet can increase the longevity and durability of your roof. Plastic and metal are the two most common types of roof sheet, but bitumen, polystyrene and fibre cement are also options.

Plastic roof sheets include polycarbonate, acrylic, polystyrene and PVC variants. Metal roof sheets are usually made from steel or zinc. They are often coated in acrylic or stone granules, depending on whether the manufacturer wants a smooth or textured finish.

Which roof sheets are best for which roofs?

Plastic tends to only be approved for use in structures such as outbuildings, conservatories and garages. For domestic or commercial full roofs, you need something more resilient to ensure structural stability. A corrugated plastic roofing sheet can be great for a quick and inexpensive finish on top of a workshop or outdoor office. Metal would be the better option for an extension or granny flat.

Metal roof sheets are incredibly durable. Testament to this is the fact that some church roofs have stainless steel roofing which is still standing today. Plastic roof sheets are better for flat roof applications and more traditional looks. Metal is increasingly being used alongside steel guttering for a very contemporary and modern look on existing or new build houses.

Plastic and metal roof sheets

Benefits of plastic roof sheets

Plastic roofing sheets can be completely transparent, or more obscure for added privacy. Specific plastic sheet panels can let light into areas if the rest of the panels are opaque. Plastic sheets are easy to clean, lightweight, durable, cost-effective and easy to install.

Some drawbacks of plastic roof sheets include their less visually appealing aesthetic compared to textured metal sheets. Some people complain that rain makes a considerable amount of noise on plastic. Plastic sheets are also only suitable for non-domestic roofing.

Benefits of metal roof sheets

Metal roofing sheets are incredibly durable, resulting in a long life expectancy. They are also environmentally friendly, as they are often made from recycled materials. Also, as a good acoustic insulator, metal dampens the noise of rain and offers a textured or smooth finish.

Metal roof sheets are generally more expensive in the short-term compared to other roofing materials, which is one of their main drawbacks. Thanks to their long life, however, metal sheets pay for themselves in comparison to replacing a different roof material more frequently.

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