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BRAD's Tip for The Month

Colourbond Versus Tiled Roofing

When designing houses, you often get an array of questions as to which products to use; but most often I am asked ‘should we use tiles or sheet metal on our house.’ So this month I thought I would outline the benefits and shortcomings of both materials to help you make a decision.
Firstly, what is your architectural merit? What is your taste? I think it is best to start with these questions then weigh up other key factors subsequently. Colourbond offers a very modern look with its clean lines, consistency and array of colours. Tiles offer a more traditional look; however, they too come in many different designs and colours and are also available in two different materials – concrete or terracotta.
It is also important to consider noise pollution in your area when contemplating which roofing material to implement in your homes. Despite insulation and ceiling, you will always hear the rain on a colour bond roof. For some this may be considered a pleasant sound, but it can be disturbing during heavy downpour and turbulent winds. Tile roofs are much quieter.
If you have a water tank on your property then I would suggest you implement a colour bond roof for water collection. Because tiles have a level of absorbency, you will get a much better result with colourbond roofing. Tiles also tend to retain more dirt and dust than colour bond, which will then filter down into your water tank.
If your home has extensive verandas or eaves, a colourbond roof will be the more desirable material. This is due to tiles needing a steeper pitch for water run off then colourbond. Verandas require a shallower pitch roof which is much easier to achieve with colourbond than tiles.
Ultimately, most of us will consider cost over any other aspect when choosing tiles or metal roofing. Concrete tiles are over 20 percent cheaper than colourbond, so if you have a tight budget I would obviously recommend tiles.
So before you start getting quotes on a new roof consider these aspects and find what is best for you and your needs.