It may not be the most exciting part of your house, but on average the roof makes up 20%-30% of its visible area, and a faulty roof can cause serious damage, cost and inconvenience. Therefore it is important that when choosing a roofing material you make sure that you consider all of the available options carefully and make your decision based on more than just cost. Have a look at our round up of some of the most common roofing options and then why not give the friendly Bolton builders of Wisecraft a call and get us round for a free, no obligation consultation?

Interlocking tiles

This modern type of tiled roofing system comprises of tiles that are shaped to securely interlock. This reduces the need for overlap that you find with some of the more traditional tiling systems and so can reduce both cost and weight. Interlocking systems are weather tight and easy to lay and can be manufactured to replicate the look of traditional tiles including slate.

Clay tiles

Clay has been a traditional material for roofing for centuries and can have an extremely long lifespan. In fact clay tiles have been found on some buildings dating back to the 14th century. Clay tiles can be formed into many different shapes and styles and so can be a great choice for period buildings which can take advantage of dramatic ridge tiles, finials and fish-tail and bull-nose shapes. If you are considering clay tiles ensure that they meet the UK’s frost requirements as the British winter weather classically has repeated cycles of freezing and thawing which can take its toll on some poorer quality clay tiles.


Concrete tiles are one of the most common types of roofing material in the UK. They are available in a vast range of styles, shapes and colours and so can be used to create or match a heritage look at a reduced cost. Concrete tiles are also available in interlocking formats which improve weather proofing and can also be used on shallower roof pitches. However the disadvantage of concrete tiles can sometimes be their longevity, resulting in higher maintenance costs and the need for expedited re-roofing.


Due to a plentiful and local supply of slate, many areas of the UK have slate as their most common roofing material. However traditional slate requires higher overlaps to achieve waterproofness and is most effective on simple shaped roofs rather than curves etc. Many companies are now producing composite lookalike versions and recycled slate which can be more cost effective.

To discuss your roofing options further contact the experts at Wisecraft Ltd  today.