Roof Inspection Report’s quick guide to Australia’s main domestic roof materials

Despite the wide variety of architectural styles of houses seen in Australia today, roof material types for them break down to just three main categories: terracotta tile, concrete tile and metal.

We offer a few words about each here, and their pros and cons.

Terracotta tile roofs

Terracotta tiles for Australian roofs are made from a natural clay product that is able to provide protection from the sometimes harsh Australian elements.

This roofing material has many natural advantages. The tiles are rather beautiful, and they are commercially available in a dazzling array of colours and profiles. They are also very durable.

Terracotta tiles score well in the energy efficiency stakes. As a natural material, they have a certain density that works to even out fluctuations in temperatures.

The downside? Terracotta tiles can be a tad expensive.

Concrete roof tiles

Concrete roof tiles share with their terracotta cousins a fine durability that is essential to the Australian market. Also like terracotta tiles, they can help control internal temperatures and thus help to reduce your energy bills. You might find them a more affordable option than terracotta.

However, the biggest drawback of concrete tile roofs is their tendency to fade. Paint is applied to the surface only and because cement is more porous than terracotta, paint colours can tend to fade quite quickly.

Metal roofs

Metal roofs are a very popular choice for Australian homes. Metal roofing technology is continually advancing, with innovative products regularly appearing in the market.

Metal roofs are very attractive to many people, even iconic. They are an essential choice for many, especially for certain architectural styles. Metal roofs are very durable and can withstand the toughest weather conditions. Some products like Colorbond® offer thermal efficiency and a coating that will resist corrosion. Look around when purchasing, as some products and technologies will offer up to 30-year warranties on performance.

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