Colorbond v Tile Roof? What Material Is Best For Your Home
The main difference between cement tiled roofs are that the tiles are made up of a mixture of concrete, sand and water which are then moulded under heat and high pressure. The tiles are then laid individually on your roof and held together by cement work (Bedding and Pointing).
Colorbond is manufactured by BlueScope Steel. It is a super long lasting material that has extremely long lasting wear against the harsh elements such as the hot sun, extreme winds and heavy rain. Colorbond is a coated steel material which can be made in many different colours.
The curb appeal and value it can add to your home. Not only are they diverse but they provide a contemporary appearance which can be quite expensive to achieve with other roofs.
They are quiet. When installed with correct insulation/sarking and potentially an acoustic covering you can be assured that in the rainy months you wont be woken by the sound of heavy rainfall on your roof.
There are many colour options available to suit the style and colour theme of the exterior of your home. Many will also update their gutters, downpipes and fascias to suit as well.
Little maintenance is required compared to a tiled roof which can have broken tiles and other issues every few years.
Colorbond roofs are durable and can handle the harsh weather conditions in Australia.
Some disadvantages are:
The price of installing a Colorbond roof can be upwards of $20k depending on the size of your home.
If not installed properly it may not be as sound proofed as you’d like.
Many people choose to restore their tiled roof as a more cost-effective option. Some benefits of keeping your tiled roof include:
Durability. Concrete tiles are extremely robust and can handle the harsh weather conditions such as extreme heat or hail.
Concrete tiles come in many different styles and profiles. Paint also holds really well on these tiles too and you can change up the colour every 10-15 years if you wish to keep up with the everchanging styles/colour schemes.
Tiled roofs also offer great sound insulation and acoustic performance.
Cost effective option. Most of the time you are able to find second hand tiles to match the profile of tiles on your roof which means when you have some broken tiles, it won’t cost a large sum of money to repair. A complete roof restoration including a paint can sit somewhere between $6,000 - $10,000 depending on the size of your property and the condition of your roof at the time.
Some disadvantages of keeping your tiled roof are:
You will be required to do maintenance more frequently than if you had a Colorbond roof.
We use Dulux paint when carrying out a roof restoration. Dulux is a known and trusted brand who have a large colour range so we can find the perfect match to your home. We also have a commonly used range of colours which can also help when trying to make the decision.