Whether you’re building your dream home, a garden shed, or even renovating a snazzy new office block, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of researching the type of roof you’ll need. Just like Goldilocks and her porridge, a building’s roof needs to be juuust right. But don’t worry, we’ve got you! Here is a handy guide to take the fuss out of choosing the right roof from the get-go. At Buildmate, we believe in getting the job done right the first time and our experts are always here to help you do the same.


If you live in South Africa, then you probably already know that any roofing decision revolves around the weather. For example, having a house by the beach is a dream, but it’s important to consider that corrosion can occur when you live even within 1km from the coastline. In this case, you should look into higher-grade materials such as concrete roof tiles or even premium steel roofing with the appropriate thickness and coating solutions applied.

However, it’s just as important to choose the right shape and style as your materials, particularly if you want your roof to remain energy-efficient and weatherproof. This brings us to deciding between three main types of roof shapes, namely a pitched, flat, or mono-pitched roof. Each category has its specific styles and sets of best-use materials too, so let’s t

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