Roofing in Tropical Regions

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A large part of the human population lives in the tropical regions. Tropical regions are a fun place to live your life due to balanced weather conditions and greenery. But the downfall is that having a house in the tropics is going to be a stressful experience. The tropics are usually filled with months where there will be excess rainfall and then followed by months where there is prolonged heat. We have researched for you and come up with the best roofing strategies for your house in the tropics.

If you are in the process of building your house, then we suggest that you go for purposefulness over an aesthetic appeal when it comes to your roof. The type of roof that experts suggest is the hipped roof. Hipped roofs are one where the roof slopes from the centre to the sides. The slope is quite steep, and the pitch is quite large to accommodate the excess rainfall. Leakage is the main spot of bother, and hipped roofs perfectly combat this by ensuring that water slides off the roof.

When it comes to roofing material, you have a lot of choices. But we want to emphasise on three parameters that you need to check before installing the roof material. They are durability, reflectiveness and cost-effectiveness. Most houses in the tropical regions have clay tiles; clay tiles have high reflectiveness and are extremely cost-effective. Reflectiveness is important because it ensures that heat isn’t retained in the roof, thereby cooling the house down tremendously. The biggest problem with clay tiles is that they are not durable. They often crack; these cracks can then lead to leakage. Most house owners prefer to install concrete tiles; concrete tiles tick all the check boxes and are thus very popular. Some house owners are going for slate tiles; slate tiles can last for decades but they give a metallic finish to the roof and may look more Scandinavian than tropical when it comes to aesthetics, and they will cost you a lot more than clay or concrete tiles.

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The second option is to have roofs made out of light-coloured metal. Light coloured metal is perfect since it is extremely reflective in nature and quite durable. But the problem with metallic roofs is that they are the least bit aesthetic among all the options.

Your final choice is to have a synthetic thermoplastic layer on your roof. These types of roofs are seen in residential complexes and in houses that are very large. The roofing material is expensive in short orders but is very affordable in bulk.

As a final thought; it matters more about how you live than how others perceive you live.