A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Roofing Sheets for Your Project

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Roof sheets are a versatile choice for agricultural, commercial and residential buildings. But if you’ve never used them before, the choice of materials and finishes can be daunting. Our quick beginner’s guide will tell you what roofing sheets are the best fit for your next project.

What to look for in roofing sheets?

Roof sheets are a desirable option for covering a range of buildings — from domestic buildings to agricultural constructions and commercial units. They’re cost-effective, easy to install, and incredibly durable. In fact, metal roofing sheets can last up to 30 years with minimal maintenance. 

Other valuable qualities to look out for include:

  • Anti-condensation roof sheets: These anti-condensation sheets are fitted with a special membrane to inhibit the formation of condensation.
  • Insulated roofing sheets: Composite insulated roof panels minimise heat loss through walls and roofs to cut your heating bills.
  • Weatherproof roofing: Fibre cement roof sheets are entirely weatherproof and condensation-free. 

The best roofing sheet options 

With a plethora of designs, materials and colours to choose from, roof sheets can be used just about anywhere. We’ve broken down the best roofing solutions by project type:

Best for sheds and garages

Steel roofing sheets are a fantastic, low-maintenance choice. Galvanised sheets are resistant to corrosion and rust. In addition, they’re lightweight, making DIY installation a breeze. Add an anti-condensation membrane to keep your shed or garage dry. Metal roof sheets come in different profiles and finishes to blend with your existing roof.

Corrugated roof sheets are an efficient way to channel rainwater into your gutters and away from the roof. They also create a smart, modern appearance. Tile effect roofing sheets are an increasingly popular choice for summer houses, sheds and garages. These roof sheets are fire-resistant and easy to install, with the aesthetics of natural tile.

Best for agricultural buildings

Corrugated or box profile roofing sheets are a traditional choice for farm buildings. They’re a dependable option due to their resistance to daily wear and tear. And they’re highly weather resistant, lasting up to 30 years with the correct installation. If you’re handy with DIY, corrugated and box profile roof sheets are incredibly lightweight and easy to install using simple roofing accessories

Another alternative is weather-resistant fibre cement roof sheets with an enviable lifespan of 50+ years. These roof sheets have a high resistance to temperature change and a unique breathability, making them ideal for livestock.

Best for commercial buildings 

Steel roof sheets are the go-to for most industrial roofing applications. Corrugated or box profile roofing sheets offer years of protection against the elements. Industrial box profile roofing sheets are ideal if your roof has a minimum pitch of 4°.

Composite roof panels minimise heat loss and are easier to use than a double-skin system. They’re also a low-maintenance, low-noise solution.

GRP fibreglass roofing sheets (glass-reinforced plastic) can be manufactured to the same profile as your primary roofing material. This walksafe material is ideal for skylights, it’s strong enough to support people and perfect to allow natural daylight into the building, it also has excellent drainage properties.

Best for residential buildings 

Roofing sheets are revolutionising the way we build our homes. Box profile metal roofing sheets can be installed on a shallow roof pitch or used as wall cladding for a contemporary finish. Additionally, steel roofing sheets are easy to recycle, making them a sustainable choice.

If you aim to mimic a traditional roof’s look, try tile-effect roofing sheets. These come in various colours and profiles for a perfect match with neighbouring roofs.

Find the best roofing sheets for your needs with Rhino Steel Cladding Limited.

Are you looking for a roof sheeting supplier for your next project? Contact Rhino Steel Cladding today, and our friendly and knowledgeable team will happily answer your questions.

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