12 brilliant roof covering ideas for all budgets

oak frame self build with handmade clay roof tiles
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Getting your roof covering ideas sorted early on in your project is hugely important — not only does your roof carry out a practical function in keeping your home safe, warm and dry, but it also forms a massive part of its final appearance.

Whichever types of roof you happen to be working with, there is a broad range of roof covering options to consider, from those that are perfect for those after a traditional-style finish to their home, to materials that ensure the roof is the focal point of the building. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.