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12 Ideas and Materials for the Best Roof

12 ideas and materials for the roof

The roof is the main part of a home, it is what protects us from the weather, the sun or the cold, the wind and possible dangers. More than walls, a roof over our heads is indispensable protection for humans. We feel vulnerable under the open sky.

There are different types of materials for different roofs: whether they are sheet metal roofs, wooden roofs or covers of any other type, it is necessary to take into account our environment and what challenges could arise when keeping our tiles or roofs in optimal conditions.

Something to also take into account before considering an under deck ceilings, and that’s the fact that not every ceiling is made equally, so the requirements under deck ceilings won’t be the same requirements for other kinds of ceilings, so you need to always keep that in mind whenever you are planning the roof for your home.

For this reason, special care must be taken when building our home, whether we do it ourselves or through an architecture and engineering office. Even if it is an already built home. The roof should be checked before making any move, so check the conditions of the waterproofing, insulation and interior finishes, and make the necessary adjustments before any other stuff.

Types of roofs for your house

An important element of the family home is the roof, the upper deck; since it is this part that protects, provides security to its tenants from inclement weather, sun and night. The deck is the part that literally provides a roof for our home.

The shapes, designs and materials of roofs are many, so we’d like to explain in detail some of the types of roofs and materials that you can find in the market.

  1. Aluminum and cardboard profile for modern ceilings

You can build a beautiful gabled roof without the need for large steel hulks or expensive wooden structures. The resistance of this structure consists of the sum of trusses under the plates. This structure is perfect for a tile roof or complete tiled houses.

  1. Aluminum and cardboard profile for exterior tiled houses

This option consists of assembling metal aluminum profile trusses. It is an extremely light material and can perfectly load special plasterboard sheets for exteriors, which are insulated and waterproofed and are perfect as a structure for roof sheets or any shingle roof.

  1. Metal and acrylic profile for modern ceilings

An effective option for terraces or for service patios and roof terraces consists of installing a structure of metal profiles, It is very light and easy to place, by means of angles that are anchored to the walls or lateral fences. On them, which should be no more than 60 centimeters apart, the acrylic plates sit or, if you want, you can also place roof sheets.

  1. Ceilings with wood and paint

Wooden structures clad with wood slats or plates are classic for their ease of installation and cost, since economical and resistant wood such as seasoned pine is used.

The idea of ​​an economical wooden ceiling is to leave the structure exposed but in a way that it does not look so rustic. If you don’t like it, you can paint it with a neutral color, either white or cream, to blend in with the pieces. Do not forget the exterior waterproofing, it is essential.

  1. Brick vault ceilings

Mudbrick is a very noble, cozy, warm, beautiful and structurally reliable material under certain circumstances. One of them is the work of vaults on roofs. The shape of the brick found on joists gives it support and strength, in addition to generating an original design and adequate management of light and climate. Needless to say, brick is one of the cheapest materials on the market for modern structures and roofs.

  1. Tiled houses: painted vault

Like the construction of the previous point, in this case the vault has received a coat of paint to exalt the style and color of the place. It is a good decorative resource to draw attention to brick walls or tile ceilings, wood floor, or wall art, or simply to reflect the natural light coming through windows.

  1. Houses with tile and wood

Leaving the apparent structure, this roof is excellent for terraces or extensive galleries of the house. It is a very simple structure with wooden beams and thin bars every 60 centimeters, with a slope of 2 or 4 slopes. The clay tiles sit directly on the structure, or they can be shingles with small wooden plates sitting one on top of the other. It gives a fresh and cozy atmosphere to the place.

  1. Modern roofs with reeds on steel

Modern roofs on patios and terraces can be very cheap and have simple structures since they are not supposed to carry machines or weight of any kind.

A good option is to build a structure with steel beams, a grid with columns and sides, and angles in the middle. Some planks or thin bars can be placed on this structure crosswise and on them secure reeds or small sticks of dry cane or bamboo to protect from the sun without limiting light or ventilation.

  1. Ceilings with metal profiles and fabrics

A variant of the previous structure is to place fabrics instead of acrylic, and in such a way that they can be retracted and allow the sun to enter or close and prevent sunlight. One of its advantages is that the fabrics can be easily replaced or removed, washed and reassembled and stretched to function properly. Modern ceilings love fabrics!

  1. Apparent concrete slab for modern ceilings

Although concrete is not the cheapest material for many types of roofs, it can be considered that way as long as it is used in a monolithic structure with the indicated steel and without major finishes.

The idea is that the slab towards the interior is shown bare, leaving the apparent electrical installations by means of rails and supported cables. On the outside, it must be properly insulated and waterproofed. By not having ceilings, ducts and interior finishes you can save a good sum of money.

  1. Lightened joist slab for tile roof

This slab consists of a reinforcement of steel and concrete forming a series of transverse and longitudinal beams, and the insulating material, preferably polystyrene, is placed between them. Below and laterally, wooden falsework should be placed for the enclosures and to load the slab. If you like houses with tiles, a slab of this style could serve as a base.

  1. Cover made with roof sheets

This cover can function on its own as a sheet structure for the ceiling or simply as a ceiling, due to the versatility of its material, design and format. It is perfect to give an industrial or contemporary touch to the home, where a series of steel bars support corrugated sheet plates of the design of your choice.

It is necessary to cover the structure with special paint for ceiling sheets, anticorrosive and non-toxic since it will be inside the residence. On the outside you must ensure the precise waterproofing for the region.

So just go and talk to you architect about your projects and the vision you have for your home!


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