Five Considerations for Choosing Roof Tiles
As the single largest surface area of a home, the roof is an important architectural feature and decisions around roofing materials should be made carefully.
“Whether building a new roof or re-roofing, it’s important to consider style, aesthetics and long term performance when selecting roofing materials,” explained Mark Dell from Boral Roofing & Masonry.
“Roof tiles are a stylish and versatile choice, offering homeowners design flexibility to suit a range of architectural styles and specifications. They are a low-maintenance option and offer sound reduction and insulation benefits as well as fire and wind resistance properties.
“Homeowners considering roof tiles for their home are encouraged to research all the options. This will include understanding the tiles’ material, shape or profile, colour and finish, accessories and installation requirements,” added Dell.
Boral Roofing offers homeowners the following tips for choosing roof tiles for their home:
1. Consider the roof tiles’ material
Roof tiles are available in ceramic, terracotta and concrete, and a homeowner’s choice will come down to personal preference of shape (or profile), colour and finish. Boral ceramic, terracotta and concrete tiles are built to last, with a 60 year warranty on ceramic tiles, 50 year warranty on terracotta tiles and a 20 year guarantee on concrete tiles. Ceramic and terracotta tiles are slightly smaller than concrete tiles, which mean there are differences in the number of tiles per square metre, as well as the system and pattern of aligning the tiles on the roof next to each other.
2. Select a tile profile that complements overall design
The profile refers to a tile’s shape and design at its cross-section. This can be either flat or shaped, with further design variations within these categories. A key consideration when choosing a profile is the architectural style of house as well as the pitch of the roof. For example, a flat profile will lend a more streamlined, contemporary look; if you are in a high rainfall area however, rain will run off faster on a steeper roof pitch.
3. Research colour and finish options
Colour and finish can have a fundamental influence on the style, character and essence of a home. The architectural style and the home’s environment, including surrounding houses, is a major factor in choosing exterior colours and finishes. When selecting roof colour and finish, consider guttering and fascia finish of the home and, as a general rule, look for colours that are in harmony or contrast. Boral ceramic, terracotta and concrete roof tiles are available in a range of warm, cool and neutral tones.
4. Choose accessories
When it comes to roofing, accessories are not merely a case of optional extras. Sarking, which is reflective foil insulation installed at the time of building, is essential to enhance a roof’s energy efficiency and weather-proofing. Other accessories are designed for their aesthetic qualities and, like everything else in the home, the right accompaniments can turn a generic feature into a standout one.
5. Work with a qualified installer
A good roof is dependent on good installation from a qualified installer. Make sure the roof is properly installed to specifications set out by the roof tile supplier.
For more information, visit www.boral.com.au/rooftiles or call 1300 134 002.