What Is The Best Material For A Pitched Roof?

What Is The Best Material For A Pitched Roof?

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What is the best material for a pitched roof?

Pitched roofs have a noticeable slope, the upper part forms a triangular gable and the lower part extends out beyond the walls. This overhang is called an ‘eave’. At AL. King, we believe that pitched roofs give buildings their character, but this classic design does not only look good. It protects homes from rainfall and maintains the structural integrity of a building. 

How to find the best type of roofing material for a pitched roof?

If you are considering a pitched roof for your property, be that because your current one has damage, or you are in the process of building a new home, there are a range of factors that you need to consider. In this article, we will explore the most important consideration – the best type of roofing material to construct a pitched roof. 

At this point in your journey, you should be exploring all the different options available and reviewing them based on their longevity and reliability as pitched roof materials. The wrong choice in material could cost you money in the future, a roof replacement is a costly process. No one wants to replace their roof twice! 

Top 3 Types of Material for a Pitched Roof

At AL King, we are proud to be the leading roofing company in Melksham, backed by our years of experience and extensive knowledge, we have a deep understanding of the best types of roofing materials. Our expertise is grounded in the hands-on assessments of roofing as well as the intricate processes involved in repairing or replacing different types of roofs, including pitched roofs. 

Clay Roofing Tiles

Clay roof tiles have a classic charm, making them a timeless choice for a pitched roof. They are a very durable choice, with a lifespan of clay roof tile at around 50 – 100 years. 



Clay tiles have an average lifespan of around 50 – 100 years

Easy to Upkeep

Simple to install and upkeep


Available in different sizes and installation techniques, clay tiles can be customised for any pitched or curved roof.



Clay tiles are often more expensive than some other roofing materials.


The nature of clay is dense, they may require additional structural support.

Clay roof tiles are a great choice if you’re after a pitched roof that has durability and the ability to be versatile.  However, they may come at a higher cost and need a robust roof structure to support them.

Concrete Roof Tiles 

Concrete roof tiles are an affordable option that does not compromise on durability. Using concrete roof tiles for a pitched roof makes for easy installation. They are a popular choice for a pitched roof because their lifespan is around 50 years. 



Concrete roof tiles have an average lifespan of around 50 years

Easy to Upkeep

Simple to install and upkeep


Made from natural resources, concrete roof tiles are recyclable. 



Similar to clay tiles, the nature of concrete roof tiles are dense, and may require additional structural support for a pitched roof

Natural Slate

Probably the most desirable of choices when it comes to roofing materials for pitched roofs, natural slate has a timeless charm. The material is mined from quarries, shaped and easily installed onto roofs. Natural slate has been a proven pitched roofing material for centuries. 



Natural slate is known for its timeless and elegant look, has been used for centuries as a pitched roof material.

Next Level Resistance

Slate is a non-combustible pitched roof material that is also resistant to mould and rot.

Low maintenance

If a pitched roof is installed correctly with natural slate then it will require minimal upkeep



Natural slate is one of the more expensive roofing material choices for pitched roofs in the UK

As a rule, we suggest choosing the best material for your pitched roof using the specific requirements of your property, budget constraints and desired look. Clay and concrete are an excellent choice for homeowners that are after an affordable option that will last. Natural slate provides a timeless touch to your home, ideal for property owners that are willing to invest a bit more into their pitched roof. 

If you are based in the Melksham, Bath or Bristol area, we are proud to offer an affordable and high-quality pitched roof installation and pitched roof repairs service that you can trust.

We also offer a selection of high-quality pitched roofing materials which you can find in our roofing merchants centre in Melksham. Whether you are looking for an entire pitched roof replacement or you are after pitched roof materials in Melksham, speak to a member of the team on 01225 705 918 and discuss all your roofing requirements today!

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