5 most popular roofing for Malaysian homes

In Malaysia, there are several roofing material options for homeowners to consider. These materials differ in longevity, aesthetic, and cost.

Here are the most popular roof style, types and design that you can consider in Malaysia.

1. Asphalt Shingles

This form of pitched roof design is the most commonly found and most affordable option for residential and commercial spaces. Made out of organic or fibreglass materials, this option can last up to 20 years on average. There are various style and colour options available, making this the go-to roofing material.

2. Metal Shingles

There are two forms of metal roofing: shingles or solid form. This form of roofing is picking up steam locally as developers are starting to opt for this stylish and cost-effective option. These are light, durable, and come in many colours too! If you’re into flat roof or butterfly roof, then you should opt for this.

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3. Wood Shingles

wood shingles roof

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With an average life span of 30 years, wood shingle is an aesthetically-pleasing option, but it does come with various drawbacks. Aside from being pricier, they require more maintenance and are prone to weather damage and decay.

4. Slate Shingles

slate shingles roof

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This popular option, although on the pricier side, has a lifespan of more than 100 years and is the most durable option as proven by buildings with slate roofs from the Shakespearean era are still standing strong. Made out of real stone, its fire-resistant quality makes it a front runner!

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5. Tile (clay) shingles

Tile or clay roof tiles is also another popular option amongst developers and homeowners. Similar to slate, tiles have a long lifespan – almost 100 years – and require little to no maintenance. Having said that, as most of them are made out of terracotta, they are susceptible to cracking and they look nice in pitched shaped roof, hips and valleys, lean-to roof, mansard roof, jerkinhead roof, bonnet roof or combination roof. Before opting for slate or tile shingles, it is best to check with your contractor if your home can withstand the weight of these upper coverings.

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This article was originally published as The 5 Most Popular Roofing for Malaysian Homes by atap.co written by Lydia Loshini