Per­for­mance and looks should both come into play when you’re con­sid­er­ing which ma­te­rial will best top off your home.

Australian House & Garden - - My Ideal House -

Choos­ing the look and style of your roof is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant de­sign de­ci­sions you’ll be faced with as you build or ren­o­vate. Af­ter all, the roof is the largest sur­face of your home and it’s of­ten very vis­i­ble to the street.

Find­ing the roof that’s right for you in­volves weigh­ing up many fac­tors – be­yond ap­pear­ances, there are coun­cil and her­itage reg­u­la­tions, dura­bil­ity, main­te­nance, ther­mal qual­i­ties and, of course, the bud­get to con­sider. Your ar­chi­tect or build­ing de­signer will guide your choice, and they’re likely to sug­gest steel, or tiles in ter­ra­cotta tiles or con­crete.

“Re­cently, there’s been an evo­lu­tion in both steel and tile roof­ing ma­te­ri­als,” says Si­mon Croft, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of build­ing pol­icy for the Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion. “Roof tiles look much sleeker and smarter than they used to, and there are bet­ter-look­ing op­tions for the flash­ings that go with them.”

Think of a roof tile and a ter­ra­cotta-coloured rec­tan­gle with a ridged pro­file likely springs to mind, but to­day’s op­tions are far broader, says Brett Ward, gen­eral man­ager of mar­ket­ing for Bris­tile Roof­ing. “Roof tiles are now avail­able in a beau­ti­ful, flat pro­file that’s the per­fect com­ple­ment to the con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian home. And they come in all sorts of colours, from deep char­coal to pale, so­lar-re­flec­tive tones.” So­lar-power cap­ture is an­other bur­geon­ing area of change for tiles, he says. “Our roof tiles with in­te­grated pho­to­voltaic pan­els sit flush within the roofline so they are a seam­less part of your home’s de­sign.”

Across Aus­tralia, many home­own­ers feel they need look no fur­ther than a steel roof. There are good rea­sons for this: a steel roof is easy to in­stall,


strong and durable (some Color­bond roof­ing ma­te­ri­als come with a 36-year war­ranty) and an ex­cel­lent ther­mal per­former. A steel roof will cool down quickly in sum­mer and, paired with good in­su­la­tion, re­tains heat dur­ing win­ter, too.

But per­haps the most com­pelling rea­son to opt for a steel roof is be­cause of its place in our ar­chi­tec­tural story. “A Color­bond roof is icon­i­cally Aus­tralian,” says So­nia Simpfendor­fer, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Melbourne mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­sign stu­dio Nexus De­signs.

One of the great strengths of Color­bond is the way it can flow from your roof to your garage doors, gut­ters, fences and tanks for a co­or­di­nated ex­te­rior ap­pear­ance. And the colours on of­fer are dis­tinctly Aus­tralian, ref­er­enc­ing el­e­ments such as the grey-green of our eu­ca­lypts and the rich red of out­back soil. Re­cently, Color­bond un­veiled a new range of matt fin­ishes, which har­ness new paint tech­nol­ogy to de­liver a nat­u­ral-look­ing fin­ish that dif­fuses light.

The re­sult is a soft, tex­tured and thor­oughly mod­ern ap­pear­ance.

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