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.

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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:

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