What Type Of Roofing Should I Use?

When in the process of visualising a new home, many people start from the ground moving up. It is not until they reach the roof that they realise the importance of choosing the right type of roof. If you would like to replace your roof, you might be tempted to replace it with the same type of material that you had previously. However, it is important to give serious thought to the type of roof you plan to install and explore all available options before making a decision.

In Australia, the most common types of roofing materials include:

–    Tile Roofing: This is a very common type of roofing material with slate tiles and Terracotta tiles being the most popular options.

–    Metal Roofing: It has been a popular choice for a long time and its popularity has soared ever since the introduction of the Colorbond coloured metal roofing.

–    Concrete Tiles: Concrete tiles are gaining in terms of popularity ever since the introduction of a wide variety of colours and styles into the market.

–    Asphalt Shingles: Asphalt shingles have been a popular choice in the United States for a long time but are slowly becoming a popular option in Australia too.

What Should You Expect To Pay In Terms Of Costs?

The roof covers a significant portion of your home. You may find that the difference in cost per square metre between 2 different types of materials is seemingly minor. However, once you multiply this by the number of square metres required to cover the entire roof, it becomes a significant price difference.

Here is a rough guide to help you make your decision. Please note that the prices provided here are only indicative and you should only use them as a guide. They are subject to market conditions and vary depending on your location.

–    Concrete tiles are a less expensive choice. They are available in a range of styles, colours, and profiles including those that resemble slate and terracotta tiles.

–    Metal roofing materials such as Colorbond and Zincalume cost between $12 and $20 for a square metre.

–    Terracotta tiles cost approximately the same as the more expensive metal roofing options.

Installation is another major expense that you also need to consider. In many cases, it is cheaper to have the supplier install the roof compared to buying the materials and finding your own installer.

Final Thoughts

If you have been wondering about the type of roof that you should use for your home, the information provided in this article should help you make an informed choice.