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The Ultimate Guide To Roofing Materials in Ghana

Posted on December 28, 2016 by admin in Ghana Homes Articles

Roofing forms an integral part of the building process. Roofing your house protects you and your property. There are many varieties of roofing materials which come in assorted designs and colors. Choosing a particular type and design of a roofing sheet should depend on a lot of factors like the roof’s durability, eco-friendliness, cost, resistance to fire and other natural elements like temperature, etc.

Like any other product, not every type of roof will suit your building. You should be able to select the type of roof that will not only suit or complement your building but also be appropriate for the weather condition(s) in your location.

Below are somea f types of roofs and roofing materials.


Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles are made from a mixture of sand, water, and cement. They are durable, sustainable and fire resistant. They can be made to resemble other types of roof. However, they are heavy and require expert knowledge during installation. The cost is moderate, and it comes in different colors and texture. It can be rough or smooth. However, over time, the concrete tiles lose color and some surface texture.


Slate is one of the age-long roofing materials. It is made from a slate rock and has a long lifespan of about 100 years. It is very durable, water resistant and will protect your house in the event of a fire. It is, however, expensive, heavy and requires specialized hands for installation. It is very fragile; thus, it easily breaks when stepped upon.

Onduline Roofing Sheets

Onduline is made from cellulosic fibers and bitumen. It is waterproof, lightweight and can withstand high winds. It is fast and easy to install. In warm weather, the material helps to keep a comfortable temperature inside the building. It also helps in sound reduction.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing comes in several materials. It can be made of steel, aluminum or copper. It is light in weight, wind and fire resistant and relatively durable depending on the type of material used. It is usually coated to prevent corrosion or rust and can be recoated if the color fades. Nonetheless, it can be expensive, and installation can be tricky. Therefore, it needs a contractor with experience to install a metal roof.

Choosing a roofing material or type should be taken seriously by the builder or homeowner. It is part of the investment you are making. If you are uncertain about the kind of roofing system to use for your building, do not hesitate to consult a contractor who is an expert in this field.


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