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What is Onduline and how can it help you succeed!

What is Onduline roofing?

Onduline is a bituminous corrugated roof sheet that is lightweight and available in a range of colours. Bitumen roofing sheets are very popular and an easy roofing solution.

Below, we will go through the most common questions.

What are Onduline roofing sheets?

Onduline roofing sheet is a quality 3mm thick sheet that is a reliable and complete roofing solution. This lightweight roofing solution is suitable for a range of outbuildings, from garden buildings, to commercial developments and industrial units or even agricultural projects, such as farm buildings or stables. It features a unique technology that combines cellulosic fibres and selected bitumen for exceptional waterproofing.

Why choose Onduline?

These roofing sheets are available in various colours here. Onduline offers an impressive 15-year waterproof guarantee with the Onduline Classic roofing sheets. The sheets are completely safe and have no asbestos properties, and they are BBA certified. Onduline roofing sheets are fast and easy to install, and the material is very easy to cut.

How easy is it to fit Onduline roofing?

Onduline lightweight roofing sheets are quick and easy to install, the panels are extremely light (only 3 kg/m²), flexible, and easy to carry. Onduline sheets can be installed with simple tooling: a saw or even a cutter will suffice for cutting the sheets and they can be easily screwed or hammered in depending on the type of fixings chosen.

How do I let light into my building when using Onduline? 

With using material sheets you can sometimes end up with a darker overcast, Onduline also has a range of translucent corrugated roofing sheets, which can be used as roof lights and are fully compatible with the Onduline bitumen sheets.

Roof Tile Alternatives: 5 Ways to Get Tile WITHOUT the Price Tag!

In the UK roof tiles are traditionally made from either concrete, slate, clay or stone. However, you don’t need to go for the traditional materials to get your dream tiled roof. There are much more affordable options we layout here to get the tiled roof you’ve always wanted while cutting costs on your project.

You heard us right – you don’t need to compromise on your tiled roof to cut costs!

Metrotiles

Metrotiles look exactly like traditional roofing tiles and come in an array of choices – from slate to shingle, terracotta and even wood looks – but there is something different about them.

They’re steel tile strips.

These are not corrugated metal sheets, but rather are steel strips pressed into tile shaped strip moulds and then covered in mineral-filled state-of-the-art coating including real stone granules. There are a huge variety of options when it comes to shape and colour, and these are an extremely lightweight, long-lasting alternative to traditional tile. Most tile roofs claim to last around 50 years – and Metrotile can stand up to the competition – they offer a manufacturing guarantee on every tile for 40 years.

While you may have never considered a metal roof, metro tiles offer affordability, not only on the product but also the installation and look exactly like real roofing tile.

If you’re a confident DIYer, you may even be able to install the roofing yourself. It takes much less time to install because the strips are premade (roughly 7-9 “tiles” are installed per strip), and they are incredibly light. These strips are more forgiving when it comes to cutting to the size you need, and you will find it easier to achieve a uniform, neat looking roof due to the nature of the strips than you might with a tiled roof.

So if you’re looking for an affordable option that will reduce costs as well as time for installation – Metrotile might be your perfect option!

Coroshingles

Coroshingles are another roofing tile strip, this time made from felt. They are incredibly easy to install – possibly the easiest on this list – and have a beautiful neat finish so look particularly impressive on modern buildings.

They come in multiple colour choices and feature an interlocking system, making installation possible by amateur DIYers. They can be ordered in strips or rolls as the felt is a softer material than tile. Because they can be rolled out, you can install Coroshingles faster than any other roofing material on this list.

They have a manufacturer guarantee for ten years, so although they may not last as long as some other options from this list, they certainly are a lasting, affordable option for most projects.

Onduvilla Bitumen Roofing Tiles

Onduvilla bitumen roofing tiles again come in strips of tile, meaning they offer a beautiful uniform finish and are quick and easy to install. Onduvilla strips are a little more hardwearing and sturdy than Coroshingles and have a manufacturer guarantee of 15 years, although we believe they should last longer than that.

They come in some beautiful designs that imitate both slate and stone roofing tiles very well. People have used Onduvilla to roof their homes due to the high-quality bitumen and close aesthetic to real tile. You not only can save costs on the roofing material with Onduvilla but a tremendous amount in installation as it is much faster and easier to install than traditional tile.

Western Red Cedar Tiles

If you’re looking for a natural roofing tile, you might want to consider a cedar wood roofing tile.

It’s an unusual option that many people overlook, but wooden roofing can give an added boost to the aesthetic of your home.

Other than their aesthetic appeal, there are some significant advantages to cedar wood roofing tiles. It’s an incredibly lightweight option and is very eco-friendly. It has also proven to have some impressive insulating qualities which can be a significant advantage in our colder months.

Just like traditional tile, cedar roofing can last up to 50 years too, so you don’t need to worry about reroofing costs any time soon – as long as you fix any repairs required with urgency. The most significant vulnerability with a cedar roof if moisture gets into the shingles. Luckily they are very resistant and hardwearing, often faring better in stormy weather than other roofing options. Still, they do need repairing quickly if you notice any cracks and moisture getting into the core of the shingles can spread rot.

They have a considerable impact on energy costs – helping keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, you’ll definitely notice your bills lowering with cedar shingles as well as a more comfortable home.

Many people love the colour change of cedar that happens over the years – from a bright light red colour through to a deep grey, the cedar will react to weather over time, and the colour change can be spectacular to watch. This is undoubtedly a roof tile that can increase your homes curb appeal!

Mixing These Alternatives With Real Tile

Another way to reduce your roofing costs while getting the tile effect you’re looking for is to combine two types of roofing.

You could choose a Metrotile or Onduvilla roofing tile on the back side of your roof while using real tile on the front. This way, you can cut costs on materials and installation costs (at least on the side of the roof that isn’t often seen), while retaining the curb appeal of real tiles from the street-facing side.

Need More Help Choosing Your Roofing Materials?

Check out any of the following roofing articles for more information on which might be the best option for you. If you’re still unsure, feel free to speak directly with one of the eRoof advisors who are often available on the eRoofs website directly on online chat, or you can call or email via our contact page here.

DIY Roofing Materials: The Ultimate Guide

Garage Roofing Materials

Flat Roofing Materials

Porch Roofing Materials

Shed Roofing Materials

Metal Roof Coatings

Vistalux Roofing

Fixing Coroline Roofing

Installing Onduline Roofing

Last, but not least, If you’re looking for any of the above options for your roof, eRoofs doesn’t just offer incredible prices on all roofing materials, but they also offer:

48 hour express delivery on many products

Super-fast FREE delivery on most orders over £100

Unbeatable prices                                                                                                                    

FREE help & advice – just call 0844 474 4444

Which roofing sheet is the best: The complete guide to roofing sheets

So your project needs roofing sheets – but which type of roofing sheet is best? Whether you want the most budget-friendly, the most durable or aesthetically pleasing, here at eRoofs, you’re bound to find the perfect roofing sheets for your project – and at an incredibly low price.

In this guide we’re going to breakdown the three most popular types of roofing sheets and go into why you might want to choose them for your project.

The most popular roofing sheet types

Bitumen Roofing Sheets

Bitumen roofing sheets are the most affordable option of any roofing sheet. But don’t think that because it’s cheaper that it’s not as good as other products – with proper care and installation, bitumen can last for decades and can be more hardwearing than more expensive products.

Unlike some cheap PVC sheets, bitumen is unlikely to crack under pressure but is, however, more prone to small tears than PVC.  It can offer a low level of insulation and help to absorb heat if you choose a dark or black roofing colour.

Bitumen is available in a wide range of colours and, if you’re not keen on a simple “rolled on” look for your roof, it even comes in a corrugated roof sheet or tile look. Installation is incredibly simple and can be done by most DIYers; bitumen can also be cut to size which makes it perfect for awkward shapes.

Pros:

  • Variety of colours & styles
  • Most affordable option
  • Easy to install
  • Can easily be cut to awkward shapes if needed
  • Can last for decades
  • Unlikely to form large cracks
  • Dark colours offer a small amount of insulation

Cons:

  • Can tear in extremes
  • No light transmission

You can find great deals on bitumen roofing sheets here.

PVC Roofing Sheets

If your project requires light indoors, PVC could be the perfect option for you. It’s still very affordable but allows light through while being weatherproof. It’s scratch resistant and is pretty good at resisting impact. It might not be the best option if you need a good amount of insulation as you won’t be able to add insulation below it (or not without blocking out the light!) but for most projects where you might need light, such as a carport or greenhouse, it’s the perfect roofing sheet choice.

Vistalux PVC is a particularly good option, offering extra fire resistance and a warranty of 10 years. It’s very lightweight and easy to install so DIYers will often pick PVC for roof lights, canopies, lean-tos and more. Like bitumen, PVC is relatively simple to cut to size which makes installation even more straightforward.

Vistalux comes in 3 different thicknesses – 0.8mm, 1.1mm and 1.3mm with the thickest option being most hardwearing.

Pros:

  • Cheap to buy
  • Lets in light like a window – fully transparent
  • Easy to install
  • Can also be easily cut to size
  • Weatherproof
  • Vistalux warranty for 10 Years
  • Comes in a variety of thicknesses
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Fire resistant

Cons:

  • Can crack if impacted badly
  • No insulating properties

You can find great deals on PVC roofing sheets here.

Metal Roofing Sheets

Metal is likely the most hardwearing option, so if your project is likely to be affected by extreme weather conditions, this could be your best option. Although slightly more expensive than PVC or bitumen, metal should be longer-lasting and comes in a range of coatings to suit your project. 

The coatings on offer usually prevent water damage/rust as well as reducing the likelihood of unsightly algae to grow on the roof. Like bitumen roofing, you can get a variety of colours and even tiles if you’re unsure about the roofing sheet look.

Metal roofing may be one of the noisiest options; however, if you choose a variety with an insulation sheet, this will not only make it the quietest roofing sheet option, but also the one with the best insulating properties.

Warm, quiet and longest-lasting – sounds perfect right?

Do bear in mind though that unlike PVC and bitumen, metal roofing sheets are a little more difficult to cut to size if you have an awkward shape to deal with. But certainly not impossible – check out how you can cut metal roof sheets here.

Pros:

  • Most hardwearing option
  • Won’t crack or tear
  • Longest lasting
  • With coatings, unlikely to rust or grow algae
  • Variety of colour options
  • Can be bought with insulation, which is the best possible insulating and soundproof option of all three types

Cons:

  • Can be a little harder to install – not as easy to cut as PVC or bitumen
  • If you don’t get an insulating layer can be noisy
  • Can be more expensive than the other two options

You can find great deals on metal roofing sheets here.

Need More Help Choosing Your Roofing Materials?

Check out any of the following roofing articles for more information on which might be the best option for you. If you’re still unsure, feel free to speak directly with one of the eRoof advisors who are often available on the eRoofs website directly on online chat, or you can call or email via our contact page here.

DIY Roofing Materials: The Ultimate Guide

Garage Roofing Materials

Flat Roofing Materials

Porch Roofing Materials

Shed Roofing Materials

Metal Roof Coatings

Vistalux Roofing

Fixing Coroline Roofing

Installing Onduline Roofing

Last, but not least, If you’re looking for any of the above options for your roof, eRoofs doesn’t just offer incredible prices on all roofing materials, but they also offer:

48 hour express delivery on many products

Super-fast FREE delivery on most orders over £100

Unbeatable prices                                                                                                                    

FREE help & advice – just call 0844 474 4444

Garage Roofing Options: The Garage Roof Materials Guide

Whether you’ve hit a leak and want to replace your current garage roof, or you are setting out to build an entirely new garage – we know it’s vital that you understand all of your garage roofing options.

In this short guide, we hope to help you understand all of your garage roofing options, so you choose the perfect material that fits both your major requirements and budget.

Garage Roofing Options: Different Styles of Roofing Material

Corrugated Sheets

Corrugated sheets are a popular choice in the UK for any outdoor building. This is simply because it can be cheaper to buy large sheets of roofing materials rather than small tiles, but also because the corrugated design creates channels that encourage water to flow off the roof, which is a huge benefit when outdoor buildings in the UK have to withstand rain many days of the year.

These sheets are most commonly made from galvanised steel for its strength and longevity, but new materials are now available in corrugated sheets so you can get the benefits of the water channels with a more modern look, that may be a bit quieter than the traditional steel sheets.

They now come in Coroline and Onduline options (which we’ll explain further later) as a well as clear PVC. The new variety of materials opens doors to mix and match and even add transparent panelling to let in light through sections of your garage roof.

Roofing Sheets

One of the most popular garage roofing options is the flat roofing sheet. These sheets don’t offer the same design as corrugated sheets, so some flat sheet materials are more highly recommended than others depending on how much waterproofing you require and how steep the pitch of your roof is. After all, you don’t want any leaks in your new garage roof!

A major benefit of flat roofing sheets is that, whether you choose a rubber option for super waterproofing or a more attractive felt option, you can take sheets and literally melt them together to form a single well-bonded roof material. The major advantage of this is that the sheets become incredibly waterproof for many years as they act as a single piece of waterproof covering over your entire roof.

Tiles, Shingles & Shakes

You can also buy tiles, shingles or shakes as a garage roofing material. The major benefit is that the finished roof can look more attractive and tie in well with your own home’s roof. Tile will usually last longer than some materials like Coroline and Onduline, although these options do tend to last up to 30 years and are far more affordable.

Tiles do require more skill to install than sheets, but luckily there are some very simple options that can give you a full tile appearance without having to install clay tiles. Lightweight roofing sheets have options that come in strips of steel tiles that can then be easily layered onto each other so you can benefit from the major perks of roof sheeting without losing the beautiful tile design.

If you are keen to have individual shingles and shakes for your garage roof, there are plenty of options to choose from, with a range of woods on offer and even strips of felt cut to single shingles.

Garage Roofing Options: Pros and Cons of Different Materials

Coroline and Onduline

Coroline and Onduline are a form of bitumen roofing, which is a synthetic material which is usually melted together at the seams to form an impenetrable waterproof roofing sheet. Coroline and Onduline are at the forefront of bitumen roofing; allowing the excellent properties of the waterproof shield over your garage, while reducing the less desirable features bitumen roofing used to be known for, which included overheating the room below.

They also come in many forms, not just simple flat sheets – including shingles and corrugated sheets.

PVC & Polycarbonate

PVC and Polycarbonate roofing allows a lot of light into your garage. If you’re looking for your garage space to be light and airy, but you don’t want to fork out for a window, it’s the perfect option. Not only does the honeycomb structure of this sheeting allow a significant amount of light into your garage, but it also acts as an excellent insulator with multiple layers of air pockets working to hold heat in your garage.

Wood

Wood shingles and shakes are one of the most attractive options and can last a long time if well cared for. Although a little trickier to install than a sheet roof, they also have some significant benefits – adding a great amount of insulation to the garage as well as reducing your carbon footprint. If you’re unsure about whether or not you can install these yourself, you can always download a handy instructional guide for any of our products on our website – just look to the right-hand side of any product page.

Galvanised Steel

Galvanised steel has come a long way – not only is it an affordable option that will last a great deal of time, you can even get roofing materials made from steel created to look like real clay tiles. The tile and corrugated options are incredible if you have a low pitch roof, as the shape is designed to encourage water to drain off.

Rubber

Rubber roofing is a great option, especially if you have a flat roof. Flat roofs are particularly prone to drainage problems, and as such, having an entirely waterproof membrane over your garage will help to keep your garage free from leaks for a very long time.

Garage Roofing Options: The Conclusion

There are plenty of garage roof materials you can choose from, but ultimately, the most important thing to consider are the needs you have for your garage roof – including waterproofing, appearance, light and heat insulation. Once you know your base priorities, we hope you’ll be able to easily tell from this guide which roofing material is right for your garage.

Before you buy your garage roof materials from just anywhere online, you might be interested to know that here at eRoofs you can expect:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on all of our roofing products

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eRoofs website for more details.

DIY Roofing Materials: The Ultimate Guide

Here at eRoofs, we sell all kinds of roofing – for small projects, like your garden shed, to big projects, such as industrial flat roofing. If you’re looking for roofing that isn’t traditional tiling, eRoofs can help.

We’ve been writing about all sorts of roofing materials for years, and in this guide, we’re going to break down the pros and cons of all the DIY roofing materials so you can choose which is the perfect fit for your project.

Please Note – All prices were correct at time of writing.

PVC Roofing

PVC roofing is a type of plastic roofing (also known as polyvinyl chloride roofing) that is most commonly transparent (but is available in various finishes) and is often used for applications such as carports. It’s incredibly durable, lightweight and weatherproof while remaining incredibly affordable. People often choose a transparent PVC (or polycarbonate) to weatherproof an area while avoiding blocking light.

PVC is often corrugated in order to allow water to run off at an angle easily, but you can also purchase a completely flat option, which is popularly used as a glazing sheet to let in light or add a plastic window to your project.

PVC roofing at eRoofs starts from just £6.10 for 6ft of roofing, making it incredibly affordable, and you can choose from a variety of thicknesses for longer lasting roofing. If you’re looking for roofing that can withstand the great outdoors but is incredibly cheap and easy to install, PVC is likely your most affordable option.

You can find great deals on PVC roofing here.

Polycarbonate Roofing

Polycarbonate roofing, similar to PVC roofing, is commonly transparent and is durable, lightweight and weatherproof. It comes in a variety of thicknesses to suit most applications – from simple sheds, right up to conservatory roofing. They are incredibly simple to install and maintain – and as with most plastic roofing – are an affordable option.

While very affordable, polycarbonate is typically more expensive than Acrylic or PVC – a flat polycarbonate sheet starts at around £28 per square metre, whereas you can get an acrylic board, 1200mm x 600mm from around £10. The main difference is that polycarbonate is known to be stronger – much stronger than glass – and much easier to work with (you should be able to drill polycarbonate with a very low risk of cracking).

If you have a project that needs an incredible amount of durability and strength, such as a conservatory or tall unprotected building, it can be well worth the extra investment to go for polycarbonate over other options.

Find out more about polycarbonate roofing here.

Acrylic Roofing

So when should you choose Acrylic roofing? Acrylic roofing is much like polycarbonate, in that it is often transparent and much stronger than glass, but it is also cheaper and has much better ‘light transmittance’. Some say it has better clarity than glass. It makes sense then that you’ll hear it often referred to as ‘plexiglass’ – plastics answer to glass.

Acrylic is most likely your best option if you’re looking to create a window for your project, or if you favour light, cost and clarity over strength. Acrylic is still incredibly strong – it has 17 times the impact resistance over glass – it just isn’t as strong as polycarbonate (which is 30 times stronger than acrylic!).

Get acrylic sheets cut to size at a great price right here.

Bitumen (Coroline and Onduline) Roofing

Bitumen roofing is a type of asphalt product that is most commonly used on shed and garage roofs. They are incredibly strong and durable, although in the past they have been prone to cracking over time with changes in temperature. Although it’s not guaranteed that any bitumen product will never crack under extreme temperatures, there has been incredibly huge improvements in bitumen roofing technology in the past few decades that make it a much better product now than ever.

Bitumen is particularly simple to install and should last over two decades when installed properly. It even has the added benefit of heat absorption – making them a particularly good product for cold buildings like garages.

Coroline and Onduline roofing sheets are both types of bitumen roofing products – Onduline is slightly thicker and more costly than Coroline, so it depends on your project as to which might be more suitable. There are a large variety of colours and even helpful advisors to guide you on which might suit your project and how to install bitumen roofing to make sure it lasts as long as possible, right here at eRoofs.

Read more about bitumen roofing here.

Steel Roofing

A good quality metal roof should outlast any other option mentioned here – and unlike bitumen or traditional roof tiles, both plastic and metal roofing will last longer outdoors if you’re in an area where there are a lot of trees or vegetation nearby. This is because plastic and metal are easier to clean and are much less vulnerable to being damaged by moss or lichen.

You can even buy steel roofing precoated in a number of colours with additional benefits to help your roof last even longer, or you can choose the paint and coating yourself which means you can be very particular about any colour you wish to have. It’s also not always the most expensive option, so definitely worth looking into.

Read more on galvanised roofing here.

There are some drawbacks, of course. Metal roofing for one, can be very noisy – if there’s a slight shower, you’ll know about it. They are also not as easy to install as other options mentioned here – for example, cutting a plastic sheet is easier than cutting a metal one – but overall, they are still relatively simple to install for a competent DIYer. You can also reduce noise by investing in good insulation or even buying an insulated sheet, that comes with an insulating layer on the underside of the metal which will reduce noise and help keep heating bills down.

Find affordable metal roofing here.

Wood Roofing Shingles

Wood roofing shingles are easily one of the most attractive looking options you can buy for any roof; but it does come at a cost. Both a little more expensive than other options and deteriorating faster, wood shingles are a great option for a project you want to be proud of but don’t mind spending a little more on.

They also have a very low carbon footprint and a high degree of thermal insulation so they aren’t just for show. When installed well and maintained properly, they can last up to thirty years so you shouldn’t be completely put off if you can’t face replacing your roof quickly.

They can be relatively easy to install and aren’t just used for roofs either – people have been known to use them for walls of buildings, even their homes, for a beautiful natural looking project.

Find everything you need to create your wood roof (or siding) right here.

Felt Roofing

Felt roofing is usually a bitumen roofing product that is ‘torched on’ to your roof. It’s most commonly used for flat roofs as it’s extremely weather-proof – it can be sealed at the seams during the torching on process. It’s incredibly easy to repair and low maintenance as well as being super low cost. It comes in a wide variety of colours which is appealing to some. High traffic areas, however, may benefit more from rubber roofing.

Find out more about flat roofing options here.

Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofing is also a common choice for flat roofs. It’s slightly more expensive than bitumen felt, and some don’t much like the look of it, but it’s much more hardwearing and is highly recommended for flat roofs where you’re expecting a lot of footfall. It’s incredibly durable and repairs are incredibly easy should you need to fix any splits – you can even buy liquid rubber to simply fill in any tears.

Get everything you need for your rubber roofing project here.

Coatings For Roofing

Once you’ve chosen the right roofing material for your project, you can also decide on which coating, if any, that you’d like to use. For many roofs, simply adding a good coat of paint can provide some much needed protection, but here at eRoofs, we have professional roof coatings to provide that next level of protection you might need.

Allweather roof coat

All weather roofing coats are used for exactly what they say – weatherproofing. Unlike bitumen paint, they’ve been specially designed for weatherproofing and can be applied to all types of roofs, from wood shingles to rubber.

Bitumen paint

Bitumen paint is often used as an extra protective layer for porous materials like concrete and brickwork, but also metal roofing. It can be used on wood too and provides a layer of waterproofing protection to help your roof last longer.

Aluminium paint

Aluminium paint is often used for protection against sun damage on roofs, notably on bituminous felts and exposed steel to provide a reflective quality to your roof which helps avoid problems with extreme temperatures, especially with felt products.

Need More Help Choosing Your Roofing Materials?

Check out any of the following roofing articles for more information on which might be the best option for you. If you’re still unsure, feel free to speak directly with one of the eRoof advisors who are often available on the eRoofs website directly on online chat, or you can call or email via our contact page here.

Flat Roofing Materials

Porch Roofing Materials

Shed Roofing Materials

Metal Roof Coatings

Vistalux Roofing

Fixing Coroline Roofing

Installing Onduline Roofing

Last, but not least, If you’re looking for any of the above options for your roof, eRoofs doesn’t just offer incredible prices on all roofing materials, but they also offer:

48 hour express delivery on many products

Super-fast FREE delivery on most orders over £100

Unbeatable prices                                                                                                                    

FREE help & advice – just call 0844 474 4444