Types of Roofing Materials

Category: Design Features, Tips
Date: September 9, 2021

Are you considering upgrading your roof? 

One of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior is the roof. Having a well-maintained roof can increase the value of your home, ensure that you and your family are kept safe, increase the longevity of your roof, and save you money in the long run. Upgrading your roof can be a very worthwhile investment, particularly if you’re looking at selling, as a roof is the foundation of a house and is a big part of a potential buyer’s first impression of your property. If you’re considering an upgrade to your roof, read on to find out more about the different types of roofing materials available so you can choose what’s best for you.

What are the different types of roofing materials available?

Metal roofing

A popular choice of roofing for Australian homes is metal roofing such as Colorbond, which is a sturdy building material yet lightweight with minimal maintenance required. Made to withstand harsh weather conditions, it is also an energy efficient option that can help to reduce your cooling costs, so is a great option for homes in coastal environments such as the Sunshine Coast. Colorbond also comes in a variety of modern colours, to suit all homes and can be a more budget friendly option than a tiled roof. Whilst steel roofing is an environmentally friendly option, as often the materials are recycled, it can be prone to rust damage over time.

Concrete roof tiles

Concrete roof tiles can have a similar look to terracotta tiles however are a more cost-effective option and are known for their durability which can last for 50 years. These tiles however are generally more porous and as paint is applied to the surface of the tile only, can fade over time.

Terracotta roof tiles

Terracotta tiles are a natural clay product and another popular choice for roofing in Australia, due to their durable nature and ability to protect against the elements. Available in many different colours to suit all tastes, terracotta tiles are also an energy efficient option however can be a more expensive option compared to other roofing materials. The major drawcard for using terracotta tiles is their aesthetic quality and rustic beauty.

Synthetic slate roofing

Synthetic slate roofing is gaining in popularity as it offers the benefits of slate roofing, including longevity and a natural slate look at a much lower price. These artificial slate roofing tiles are lightweight, easy to install, fire resistant, maintenance free and are available in a wide variety of styles and colours. More importantly, this roofing material is highly durable, with a synthetic slate roof expected to last up to 50 years.

Solar roof tiles

Solar roof tiles are high efficiency solar panels designed to look like traditional roof tiles with the ability to utilise solar energy to convert into electricity. These tiles can either replace or be placed on top of existing tiles to integrate more seamlessly with your roof line. Solar tiles can be laid in any configuration, and with little separation between the roof and panel, alleviates any debris building up on your roof. This is a great option given the climate and abundance of sunshine on the Sunshine Coast!

Having a sound roof is very important as it protects you and your property and there are lots of different options currently available on the market.  Choosing between the different roofing materials will depend on your budget, the aesthetics of your home, how durable you need your roofing materials to be, whether sustainability is an important consideration and how long you want your roof to last.