We want you to build the house you’ll be happy with. That’s why we want you to know the truth about roofing with tiles – before you’re committed to any other system.
Roofing tiles have been around for almost five thousand years. So it’s natural that we take tiles for granted. Especially when they’ve served us so well over all that time. In Victoria today, well over half the new homes completed feature tile roofs for one or more of the following reasons.
8 reasons to choose a tile roof
True. That’s because tiles can’t rust or corrode. You can’t buy a more substantial roofing material. And once in position, tiles rarely need any maintenance.
Tiles certainly look more expensive. But facts show there is little or no difference in cost between similar houses with tile roofs and those with metal. You can afford tiles.
Ask any real estate agent. Tile roofs look more substantial. They add to a house, both in appearance and value. So when you’re thinking bricks and mortar, tiles are the obvious choice. Anything else doesn’t seem to do justice to a home.
Only tiles give you a real choice with upwards of twenty different colours to choose from. Whatever your colour scheme, you’ll find at least one tile colour to suit.
Tiles take longer to heat up. Tile roofs usually have larger volume roof spaces which ‘breathe’. So houses with tile roofs stay cooler for longer.
Metal roofs heat up and cool down faster. They often have smaller, sealed roof spaces which can lead to possible moisture condensation problems.
As well as a wide colour choice, only tiles give you choice of profiles to complement architectural styles – from traditional to contemporary and everything in between.
Because each tile covers only a small area, you enjoy complete freedom of roof design from relatively low pitches to almost vertical if called for.
There’s no doubt that tiles build a quieter house. Inside houses with metal roofs, light rain sounds like a downpour. And a downpour sounds the end of conversation or listening to television and radio. Also, tile roofs don’t ‘crack’ alarmingly with expansion and contraction during changes of temperature.
The Truth about Tiles and Water
Untruths abound on the subject of what water does to tile roofs, and vice versa. This sets the record straight…
Tiles must conform to the Australian Standard which specifies an absolute maximum of 10% water absorption after total immersion for 24 hours. In actual fact, tests show that water absorption through the exposed tile surface in soaking rain can be less than 5%.
No way! Let’s remember we’re worrying about a maximum weight difference of around 5% between wet tiles and dry. A difference you can virtually forget when you think of the extra strength required by building codes to withstand the elements. On the positive side, the added weight of a tile roof helps to counteract wind uplift during storms making tile roofs less susceptible to damage than metal.
If you rely on tank water and you’d prefer tiles, then go right ahead. The run-off from tile roofs complies with World Health Organisation standards for drinking water.
We’ve covered the minimal water absorption over 24 hours, so the amount tiles absorb during short showers when run-off might be a concern is minute indeed.